Sikhism

Sikh Converts in Canada Bridge with Immigrant Sikhs, Forge New Path

January 26, 2005

Source: The Vancouver Courier

http://www.vancourier.com/issues05/014205/news/014205nn1.html

On January 26, 2005 The Vancouver Courier reported, "With 135,000 Punjabi Sikhs living in the Lower Mainland-almost half of the total number of Sikhs in Canada-Sikhism is a well-established B.C. institution. In comparison, Vancouver's Sikh convert community-known interchangeably as White, Caucasian or American Sikhs-number only a few hundred. They are also an almost...

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U.S. Indian Immigrants Unite to Aid Tsunami Relief

January 25, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0125/p03s01-ussc.html

On January 25, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Here [gathered in a Sunnyvale, CA Hindu temple] are Punjabis and Gujaratis, Tamils and Bengalis, and the only sound is the high waver of traditional Indian singing nearby. So often divided by ties to two dozen states, more than 10 languages, and a kaleidoscope of faiths, Indian immigrants are finding unity in a time of...

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Chicago Police Videos Educate Force About Religious Faiths and Practices

January 23, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/23/national/23video.html

On January 23, 2005 The New York Times reported, "many men of the Sikh faith wear a small sword under their clothing. Orthodox Jews often refuse to move illegally parked cars on Saturdays. Outsiders may photograph statues in Buddhist temples, but not in Hindu ones. These are some of the insights in a series of videos the Chicago Police Department uses to train its officers in dealing...

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Sikhs Protest Over Landlord Dispute

January 21, 2005

Source: Karachi News

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/jan2005-daily/21-01-2005/metro/k7.htm

On January 21, 2005 the Karachi News reported, "Some 20 Sikh families, residents of Adam Khan Goth near Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi, on Thursday held a protest demonstration at the Karachi Press Club against atrocities by a local landlord and closure of their place of worship, Gurdawara Guru Nanak. Carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the local...

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Fremont Sikh Temple Election Controversy Ends

January 16, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/10659258.htm

On January 16, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "five Sikh men have been elected temple leaders of the Fremont Gurdwara Sahib -- or Sikh temple -- after a three-year legal battle. The new members of the Supreme Council cried tears of joy Thursday before stepping out of their shoes, as is proper in Sikh tradition, to pray in the hallway thanking God. The results were...

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Sikh Chefs Travel from Punjab to Tamil Nadu to Serve Needy in Wake of Tsunami

January 14, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-990231,curpg-1.cms

On January 14, 2005 The Times of India reported, "The Sikh community dispatched 110 chefs from Punjab to the tsunami-battered southern coast only to be told that the survivors would not eat what they cook. In Tamil Nadu, where the tsunami killed some 8,000 people, villagers live on a staple diet of rice and, if they are lucky, fish. Unlike...

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Sikh Parliamentarians Take Stance Against Gay Marriage

January 13, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050114/punjab1.htm#8

On January 13, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The SGPC is against same-sex marriage, which has become a hot issue in countries like Canada, where Sikhs are settled in a big number.

Taking a clear and firm stand on the issue, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, said today that such marriages were against the Gurmat and Sikh code of conduct. “Because of this reason,...

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Update: Sikh Playwright Breaks Silence, Defends Herself

January 13, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4170297.stm

On January 13, 2005 the BBC News reported, "A British writer forced into hiding after violent protests by Sikhs led to the cancellation of her play has broken her silence and defended her work.

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti has received death threats over her play Behzti, depicting rape and murder in a Sikh temple.

Ms Bhatti said parts of the show had been taken out of context, and...

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Some Rejecting "Asian" Label in Favor of Religious Identity

January 11, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1387449,00.html

On January 11, 2005 The Guardian ran a commentary by Sarfraz Manzoor on the rejection of the term "Asian" as a colonial term. He writes, "[T]he very word 'Asian' was also cooked up in this country. It went largely unnoticed at the time but, as I discovered while making a radio documentary, there has been a sharp rise in the number of Asians who are rejecting the label in...

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NY Church Holds Interfaith Service for World Peace

January 10, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/011005/b05w10dedication.html

On January 10, 2005 The Journal News reported, "Religious leaders assembled yesterday to proclaim world peace and foster an understanding of people's differences and common bonds. Nine colorful batik banners with symbols representing the world's major religions and cultures were unveiled during a morning service at Memorial United Methodist Church. The flags...

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Sikh Subway Worker at Center of Turban Controversy Hospitalized After Fall

January 6, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/transportation/nyc-turb0107,0,4334918.story?coll=nyc-homepage-breaking2

On January 6, 2005 Newsday reported, "a Sikh subway operator forced to wear an MTA patch on his turban said he was hospitalized Thursday after he fell during an argument with a supervisor over the uniform requirement. Kevin Harrington, a No. 4 train operator who believes the patch humiliates...

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Kansas City Faithful Ring in the New Year with Interfaith Service, Tsunami Fundraiser

January 5, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/10563889.htm

On January 5, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported that on, "Dec. 31, nearly 300 folks gathered at the Rime Buddhist Center for the 19th annual 'World Peace Meditation.' This year the program included the Muslim call to prayer, American Indian smudging, a Buddhist chant, a Sikh prayer, sacred Hindu music, a Christian hymn and a Sufi dance. In the keynote address, the Rev....

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Update: Sikh in Conflict with Metropolitan Transit Authority Over Turban Patch

January 5, 2005

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/268327p-229828c.html

On January 5, 2005 the New York Daily News reported, "a Sikh subway motorman's turban tussle with the Transit Authority is coming to a head today. TA officials have told Kevin Harrington, 53, to pin an MTA patch to his turban or face reassignment to duty out of the public eye for what's deemed a dress code violation. With time running out, Harrington, a motorman for...

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