Harvard Group Studies Backlash Against Sikh Community

July 24, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly


On July 24, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "In response to the new post-9/11 climate and the need to understand how discrimination, over these years, has impacted Sikhs, Muslims, Arabs, South Asians, and others in the United States, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University has established the Discrimination & National Security Initiative (DNSI).

This research initiative, directed by Valarie Kaur, a graduate student and film maker, and Dawinder 'Dave' Sidhu, a civil rights attorney, has two goals: (1) to chronicle the mistreatment of minority communities during times of national crisis in an informational repository, and (2) to present the human consequences of this mistreatment from the perspective of these communities. Ms. Kaur is currently working on a documentary film, 'Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath,' a close look at members of America’s Sikh community in the aftermath of September 11.

Under the auspices of Dr. Diana Eck and with guidance from a respected advisory board, DNSI will focus sustained attention on issues of discrimination against America’s minority communities."