Sikhism

Over 600 Sikhs Visit Pakistan in Religious Pilgrimmage, Signals Recent Peace Between Countries

January 3, 2005

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2005/01/04/nat16.htm

On January 3, 2005 Dawn reported, "Over 600 Sikhs left for India on Monday after performing religious rituals at different gurdwaras in the province. They arrived [in Pakistan] on Dec 27 in connection with the 300th death anniversary of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, sons of Guru Gobind Singh, 10th guru of Sikhs...Talking to reporters, Priest Prof Darshan Singh welcomed the recent peace process between two countries. He...

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Sikhs, Christians Protest Play About Rape and Murder in Sikh Temple

December 29, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15869_1.html

On December 29, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The violent clash of views sparked by a dark comedy depicting rape and murder in a Sikh temple shows that art and religion still often fail to understand each other.

Some British Sikhs feel 'Behzti,' or Dishonor, is offensive to their religion - an opinion shared by a Roman Catholic...

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Violent Protests of Play Came After Failed Attempt to Work with Sikh Leaders, Actor Says

December 29, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,1380381,00.html

On December 29, 2004 The Guardian reported, "The violent protests that led to the closure of the controversial play Behzti were the result of a failed attempt to work with Sikh community leaders, a leading actor in the play has said.

Yasmin Wilde, who played Min, the victim in a rape scene which sparked particular criticism, said the play had been closed...

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Sikh Temple Hosts Camp in Turlock, CA

December 29, 2004

Source: Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/9677556p-10561450c.html

On December 29, 2004 Modesto Bee reported, "nearly 100 people from kindergarten to college age turned out Tuesday for the first day of Sikh Camp at the Sikh Temple on Fifth Street in Turlock. The camp, offering information on the Sikh religion and history, is scheduled to conclude today, after running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is free and open to the public, regardless of age, race...

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Sikh Security Firm Earns Bid in AZ

December 27, 2004

Source: Arizona Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com/dailystar/dailystar/54255.php

On December 27, 2004 the Arizona Daily Star reported, "in the frantic days following Sept. 11, a Sikh gas station owner in Mesa was gunned down in a misguided attempt at revenge for the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Balbir Singh Sodhi was targeted because his long beard and turban resembled pictures of Middle Eastern terrorists flashing across TV screens. It was one of...

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Sikh Play Sparks Debate Over Freedom of Expression Vs. Inciting Prejudice

December 26, 2004

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,,1379786,00.html

On December 26, 2004 The Observer reported, "Jagdeesh Singh is a Sikh who believes his religion is grossly misrepresented... 'It is hardly surprising that Sikhs are sensitive about this play,' he said. 'We live every day with racism based on misinformation. You have to balance the desire for freedom of expression with the fact that it could provoke even greater prejudice.'...

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Thousands Observe Anniversary of Death of Sons of 10th Sikh Guru in Banur

December 23, 2004

Source: Tribune India

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041223/punjab1.htm#2

On December 23, 2004 Tribune India reported, "A sea of humanity attired in saffron turned up to participate in a nagar kirtan organised to observe the 300th year of the martyrdom of the younger sons (Sahibzadas) of Guru Gobind Singh here today. Led by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) general secretary and the MLA of the Banur Assembly constituency Kanwaljit Singh, thousands of women along with...

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Over 400 Artists Sign Letter Supporting Author of Controversial Sikh Play

December 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4120299.stm

On December 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "More than 400 figures from the arts world have signed a letter supporting the playwright who prompted violent outbursts from the Sikh community.

Poet laureate Andrew Motion, director Richard Eyre and writer Willy Russell are among those to have written to the Guardian backing Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti.

'It is a legitimate function of art...

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Amritsar Threatens Direct Action Against French Over Turban Issue

December 22, 2004

Source: Tribune India

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041223/punjab1.htm#5

On December 22, 2004 Tribune India reported, "The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has threatened to launch direct action against the French Government to force it to resolve the turban issue to the satisfaction of Sikhs. As a first step, the Akali Dal has appealed to Sikhs the world over not to travel by French airline, Air France and boycott all products of French make. A formal resolution in this...

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Sikh Playwright Goes Into Hiding After Receiving Death Threats

December 21, 2004

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2004/12/21/Arts/sikhplaycancel041221.html

On December 21, 2004 CBC News reported, "The author of a play that features rape and murder in a fictional Sikh temple has gone into hiding in England after allegedly receiving death threats.

A friend of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti told British newspaper the Evening Standard that after receiving a number of threats about her play Behzti, or...

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Sikhs Protest Play Depicting Sex Abuse and Murder in Temple

December 19, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4107437.stm

On December 19, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Hundreds of Sikh demonstrators protested outside a Birmingham theatre against a play depicting sex abuse and murder in a temple.

Five police officers were hurt during struggles at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre on Saturday night.

Two men were arrested and the theatre said some demonstrators stormed the building before...

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Sikhs Number Near 600,000 in UK, 20 Million Worldwide

December 19, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3906701

On December 19, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Sikhism, which was founded in the 15th century, is thought to have around 600,000 followers in the UK and Gurdwaras welcome people of all faiths. Generally open 24 hours a day, many Sikh temples provide temporary accommodation for visitors or pilgrims and all Gurdwaras offer free food to those that want it. Gurdwaras, meaning the gateway through which the Guru...

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Sikhs Say They Will Take French Turban Case to UN

December 18, 2004

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/18sikh.htm

On December 18, 2004 Rediff reported, "Expressing concern over the expulsion of three Sikh boys by French authorities over the turban issue, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee on Saturday said it would approach the United Nations on the matter.

'The expulsionscame as a shock to us. The ban onturbans by French authorities is not justified and has caused pain and agony to Sikhs all across the world. We...

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Sikh Man Jailed Over Honor Killing Plot

December 16, 2004

Source: This is Local London

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/topstories/display.var.554719.0.sikh_father_jailed_over_honour_killing_plot.php

On December 16, 2004 This is Local London reported, "A Sikh father who tried to hire a hitman to kill his own daughter because of her relationship with a Jewish man has been jailed for 14 years. The Central Criminal Court was told how Kalvinder Dosanjh, a...

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