Sikhism

Sikh Teen’s Hair Cut Off in Hate Crime

June 1, 2005

Source: Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=a20a4ddf-fac7-494c-b5ae-475101cad64c

On June 1, 2005 the Vancouver Sun reported, "Richmond police and Sikh leaders are asking for public calm in the wake of a violent and racially motivated attack on a 17-year-old Indo-Canadian youth last week in a school park. According to police, the victim was jumped and...

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Congress Lauds Sikhs in Armed Forces

May 27, 2005

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/TodaysNewsHTML/BD7919D6600C428D87257012006E85C8!OpenDocument

On May 27, 2005 the Sikh News Network reported, "a US Congressman has moved an amendment into the Defence Authorisation bill which lauds the diversity in the American armed forces and acknowledges the contribution of the Sikh community to the military. The amendment, moved by Congressman Joseph...

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Sikh Temple in Springfield Soon to Reopen

May 26, 2005

Source: Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-05262005-494479.html

On May 26, 2005 the Burlington County Times reported, "a Sikh temple in Springfield where a massive brawl broke out last month could reopen as early as next week if two factions seeking control of temple leadership agree to share the building, a court-appointed attorney said yesterday. Superior Court Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder ordered the Gurdwara Khalsa Darbar...

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Bombings Rock Theaters Showing Disputed Bollywood Film

May 23, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/india/story/0,12559,1490202,00.html

On May 23, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Dozens of people were injured and and at least one person reported killed yesterday after bombs exploded in two packed cinema halls showing a controversial Bollywood movie in the Indian capital. The central government put New Delhi on high alert and all the city's cinemas were evacuated as a precautionary measure. The two cinemas were...

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Editorial: Delhi Theatre Bombings Were "Blasts of Intolerance"

May 23, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1119269.cms

On May 23, 2005 The Times of India ran an editorial that stated, " The blasts at two movie theatres in Delhi were an attack on freedom of expression and tolerance...The film became controversial ever since the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) voiced concerns about it... The SGPC is not alone in its attempts to silence anything that is at odds with its...

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Controversial Film Pulled Following Protests, Bombings

May 23, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4573619.stm

On May 23, 2005 BBC News reported, "The Bollywood film which has so angered some Sikhs and been the focus of bomb attacks in Delhi was last week hastily withdrawn from cinemas in India's Sikh majority state of Punjab after protests. A section of the Sikh community says the film's title and some of its content denigrates their faith. The film is called Jo Bole So Nihal, which is part of a Sikh slogan (...

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Political Leaders Join Festivities at Sikh American Heritage Dinner

May 22, 2005

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_49.shtml

On May 22, 2005 Sikh Sangat News reported, "[Senator Hillary Rodham] received a standing ovation and thunderous applause from the Sikh Americans who had gathered in the Senate side of the Capitol Hill recently for the Sikh American Heritage Dinner Event in Washington, DC. The Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), based in the national's capital organized this event. Republican Senator...

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Landmark Settlement Made for Sikh Victims of 1984 Riots

May 22, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=47175

On May 22, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "Holding the state liable for its failure to protect the life and liberty of citizens, the Delhi high court has directed the Centre to pay a compensation of Rs 1.23 lakh each to all those who suffered injuries during the anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi here in 1984. 'It is the bounden duty...

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Sikh Inmate Sues Over Right to Wear Turban

May 20, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4565281.stm

On May 20, 2005 BBC News reported, "a Sikh prison inmate is suing a county in California for violating his religious rights by refusing to allow him to wear a turban. Harpal Singh Cheema, a Sikh activist and human rights lawyer, has been held in jail since 1997 awaiting a decision on his asylum application. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is backing the case, says Mr Cheema feels 'debased and...

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Some Express Reservations as Religious Hatred Bill Returns

May 20, 2005

Source: The Church of England Newspaper

http://www.churchnewspaper.com/news.php?read=on&number_key=5769&title=Anger%20as%20religious%20hatred%20bill%20returns

On May 20, 2005 The Church of England Newspaper reported, "Religious groups have spoken out fiercely against the reintroduction of the Incitement to Religious Hatred Bill, the plans of which were outlined in the Queen’s Speech this week....

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Indian PM Urged to Take Up Denmark Student Kirpan Controversy

May 18, 2005

Source: Sikhnet.com/Tribune India

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/SikhNetHPNewsHTML/F0334C265CD2E0DE87257004006D36A5?OpenDocument

On May 18, 2005 Tribune India reported, "A socio-academic and cultural organisation here has urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the case of Ripudaman Singh, a Sikh student in Denmark, who has been declared guilty of carrying a six-inch kirpan by a local court there...

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Sikhs Take Protests to the Streets Over Controversial Film

May 15, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=129506

On May 15, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "Opposition to the controversial film ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’ by the Sikh community spilt on to the roads here on Sunday as Sikh organisations took out a protest march, the first in Chandigarh since the film enraged the community with its alleged wrong portrayal of Sikhism. The protests took place when a crucial meeting of...

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Sikhs Campaign Against Religious Symbols Ban

May 15, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1329/2005-05-15.html

On May 15, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "The Sikh Community continues to campaign against the French law banning Sikh students in government schools from wearing turbans. The campaign is being spearheaded by United Sikhs, an organization which has offices in Amritsar, London and New York.

In their latest move, Sikhs from European countries are scheduled to...

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Update: Punjabi Sikhs Demonstrate Against Bollywood Film

May 14, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4547139.stm

On May 14, 2005 BBC News reported, "Groups of Sikhs in the north Indian state of Punjab have staged protests against the exhibition of a new Bollywood film. They say the film Jo Bole So Nihaal (which is a Sikh battle cry) denigrates their religion. Protesters shouted slogans and stoned cinema halls in several towns across the state. Police have arrested several people and charged them with rioting...

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