Sikh Appearance and Confusion in America

October 27, 2006

Author: Nirmal Singh

Source: Sikh Global News

In this note I am not likely to say anything profound about stereotyping, stereotypes or those who are stereotyped. I may in stead ask you to explore with me the tension endured by those who may visually appear to fit a particular stereotype and thus potentially become unintended targets of hate directed at it without in any way being associated with...

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UK Hindus Work to Correct Poor Portrayal of Hinduism

October 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International

LONDON, ENGLAND, October 27, 2006: The following report was sent by Jay Lakhani of the Hindu Council UK:

"We participated at the Foreign Press Association meeting where faith members from Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism debated the issue of so-called "honor killing" (usually, the murder of a female for supposed sexual or marital offenses -- see here) with Dr. Gill a lecturer...

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West County Public Forums to Focus on Taxi Driver Safety

October 26, 2006

Author: Tom Lochner

Source: Contra Costa Times

With the fatal shooting of a taxi driver in Richmond still fresh in everyone's mind, the Sikh Temple of El Sobrante will turn its attention to cabbie security Sunday.

The meeting at the temple -- one...

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Sikh Woman in US Victim of Racial Abuse

October 26, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times,001600060017.htm

A Sikh woman was discriminated against and insulted at her workplace here, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said.

"Based on consideration of the documentary and testimonial evidence, the commission determines that the respondent subjected charging parties and a class of similarly situated individuals to harassment on the basis of their race,...

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Religious Group Hits Snag in Quest for New Temple

October 25, 2006

Author: Robert J. Bruss

Source: New York House

The Guru Nanak Sikh Society applied for a building permit to construct a temple that would seat 75 people on a 1.9-acre parcel on the outskirts of town. But the neighbors protested because there would be considerable traffic on the residential streets. The permit was denied.

To meet these objections, the members purchased a...

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Companies Spot a Niche for Diwali Merchandise

October 20, 2006

Author: Ansley Roan

Source: Beliefnet

Vasudha Narayanan was browsing in a Walgreens in Gainesville, Fla., last year when she saw something she'd never seen before in an American drugstore -- greeting cards for the holiday Diwali.

"I was so happy," said Narayanan, who was born in India. "It was like a piece of home almost. It was a real symbol of being part of the American fabric."...

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Diwali Event Attracts Thousands

October 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

Thousands of people have gathered in London for celebrations to mark Diwali - the Hindu festival of light. Light displays and floating lanterns in Trafalgar Square set the mood for one of the most important religious occasions for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Diwali welcomes the New Year and symbolises the power of good triumphing over evil and the renewal of life.


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Religious Festival Fire Warnings

October 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

Warnings about fire safety have been given to people celebrating two major religious festivals this month.

South Wales Fire Service is urging people celebrating Diwali and Eid Ul Fitr to be aware of fire safety in the home during the festivities.

Diwali is associated with candle use, while special meals are prepared for Eid - both of which the brigade says cause a...

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Spinning Wheel Film Festival

October 17, 2006

Source: Sikh News Network

The International Spinning Wheel Film is a Celebration of Sikh Identity and culture. The Festival will be held for the first time in South Florida, in conjunction with Jago Miami 2006, ( Sikhism, the youngest of the world religions, is barely five hundred years old. Its founder, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469. Guru...

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Politics, Spoken in Punjabi

October 15, 2006


Source: The New York Times

TAKE the A train to the end of the line, walk down two blocks of broken sidewalk, and climb a flight of neatly carpeted stairs. There, in a small office above the local greengrocer on 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill, you’ll find Queens County’s newest elected official.

Mohinder Singh, wearing a royal blue...

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Sikhs Celebrate History and Worry About the Future

October 10, 2006


Source: The Globe and Mail

It was a celebration of the past, but for more than 3,000 people who gathered in Vancouver over the weekend to honour the 100th anniversary of the oldest and largest Sikh society in North America, there were also fears for the future.

The three-day centennial celebrations this...

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Catholic-Sikh National Retreat

October 9, 2006

Author: Manmohan Singh

Source: World Sikh Council

Representatives of the World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) and the US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) met October 5-7, 2006 in Long Island, New York for a three-day Catholic-Sikh bilateral national interreligious retreat.

The retreat was held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (Huntington, NY) and the nearby Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara (Glen Cove, NY)....

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