Sikhs Say Trouble on Khalsa Avenue Caused by Media

February 16, 2006

Source: This is Local London

On February 16, 2006 This is Local London reported, "Sikhs are blaming media coverage of international tensions for a rise in criticism of their temple. News Shopper reported last month how residents near the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, which is under construction, were criticising the project. They claimed builders at the site in Khalsa Avenue, Gravesend, were manipulating planning rules and work on the £8m community-funded temple was making their lives a misery. But members of the Sikh community have hit back suggesting the complaints were a result of anti-multiculturalism. This, they suggest, is being driven by media coverage of events such as the London Bombings, September 11 and the Prophet Mohammed cartoons. They claim a climate of fear and prejudice is growing towards all religions and this is now being felt in Gravesend."