Controversial Sikh Author Arrives in California

August 3, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

On August 3, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "About 40 protesters, aggravated by the controversial teachings of a Sikh author from Canada, gathered Saturday outside a religious center in Roseville [CA] to protest his appearance there... Sardar Gurbaksh Singh Kala Afghana was excommunicated July 10 by the Sikh religious authorities in India for challenging parts of the Sikh faith in his books... He was in Roseville over the weekend to discuss his works... Because of the excommunication, all Sikhs and Sikh organizations were told by Indian authorities not to support Afghana or have any association with him until he clarifies his position, protesters said... The order has caused a rift among Sikhs internationally."