Sikhism

Thousands Celebrate Sikh Day Parade in New York

April 30, 2004

Source: News India-Times

http://desitalk.newsindia-times.com/2004/04/30/sikhday12-top.html

On April 30, 2004 News India-Times reported, "Colorful floats, Bhangra and religious fanfare marked the 17 Annual Sikh Day Parade at Manhattan in New York on April 24. The parade was organized by the Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill Gurdwara with the help of the gurdwaras in the Tri-state area to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa Panth and the...

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Sikh Gurdwara Breaks Ground in CA

April 29, 2004

Source: Sikh News

http://www.sikhnn.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=93&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

On April 29, 2004 Sikh News reported, "Selma, California, USA -- The ground breaking ceremony for Gurdwara Kalghidar Sahib took place April 25, 2004. The Sangat of Selma, California gathered to celebrate Baisakhi and to lay the foundation stone of the new building. The Gurdwara’s regular program...

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Time to Abandon the "No Turbans" Policy

April 29, 2004

Source: The Sikh Coalition

On April 29, 2004 The Sikh Coalition issued a press release stating: "The New York City Police Department should adopt the recommendation of an administrative law judge that a Sikh traffic enforcement agent be allowed to wear his turban on the job, the Sikh Coalition said today. Administrative Law Judge Donna Merris recommended yesterday that Jagjit Singh Jaggi, who resigned rather than be forced to wear a hat, be reinstated and allowed to wear a turban while working as a traffic enforcement agent. The judge's recommendation...

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Former Attacker of Sikh Man is Changed Through Community Service at Gurdwara

April 28, 2004

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/event_brand.asp

On April 28, 2004 The Sikh Coalition reported, "A judge in Nassau County, New York has ordered a man who harassed a Sikh last year in Long Island to perform twenty hours of community service with the Sikh Coalition. As a part of this service Mr. Brand has worked at the Sikh Coalition's office over the past few weeks. During this time he has learned more about the Sikh people and their faith. In addition...

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Police Investigating Attacks on Sikh Gurdwara

April 27, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/3664099.stm

On April 27, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Undercover police from the Race Hate Crime Unit are investigating a series of attacks at a Sikh temple in Bristol. Cars have been set alight and shots have been fired through windows of the gurdwara in Church Road. There have been arson attacks on three cars in eight days - the last of which, on Sunday, was on a vehicle belonging to a priest, or granthi....

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Curriculum Watchdog Recommends Teaching About UK's Six Major Religions in Public Schools

April 27, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://education.independent.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=515677

On April 27, 2004 The Independent reported, "Children should begin to learn about another religion alongside Christianity from the age of five, according to new government guidelines on teaching religious education published yesterday. By the time they have finished compulsory education, they should have learnt about the six principal religions represented in the UK -...

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Wright State University Holds Exhibition on Sikhism

April 25, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/WrightStateVaisakhi

On April 25, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "To promote and improve awareness of students, faculty and invited guests about the Sikh faith and culture and as part of ongoing efforts to understand diversity of cultures that brings richness to the community, an exhibition on Sikhism was organized at the Wright State University, Dayton Ohio. The event was presented by the Sikh Student Association (SSA), and Asian/Hispanic/...

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In Chicago, Sikhs Celebrate Founder's Birthday

April 24, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0404240157apr24,1,1738359.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

On April 24, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "Sikhs from around the world will gather this weekend in Island Lake at a humble white clapboard temple that once was a Methodist Church to pay tribute to a prophet. Thousands are expected to convene in the northern...

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New Jersey Gov. Proclaims Vaisakhi Day

April 23, 2004

Source: News India-Times

http://desitalk.newsindia-times.com/2004/04/23/nj16-top.html

On April 23, 2004 News India-Times reported, "Recognizing the contribution of the Sikh American community to the state and the nation, New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey issued a proclamation naming April 14 Vaisakhi Day in New Jersey, and sent the community a 'a message of recognition, hope and good wishes.' 'As a gateway to our great nation, New Jersey is continuously...

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It's Food by the Ton for Nation's Largest Sikh Day Parade

April 23, 2004

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/186383p-161452c.html

On April 23, 2004 New York Daily News reported, "From this afternoon until sunrise tomorrow, many Sikhs in Richmond Hill will stay up stirring simmering pots of rice, rolling dough and slicing vegetables. With 8 tons of food to prepare for tomorrow's Sikh Day Parade, there will be no time for sleep... The Sikh Day Parade, the largest in the nation, will begin at 1 p.m...

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Photographer Talks About His Book Depicting "Living Faith"

April 22, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/144/story_14482_1.html

On April 22, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted an interview with Dinesh Khanna about his photographic documentation of India in his new book, Living Faith. The article reported, "A decade ago, photographer Dinesh Khanna set out to record his fellow Indians' everyday lives and the country's kaleidescopic culture. Two collections have come out of his journey: 'Bazaar' (2001) and his new book, '...

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Despite Vandalism, Fresno Sikhs See Increase in Tolerance

April 20, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/v-hp-am-top/story/8457702p-9293145c.html

On April 20, 2004 The Fresno Bee reported, "Gurvinder Gandu wears his turban without fear of insult. He says the community is more tolerant now than a year ago, when hate crimes toward Sikhs, Arabs and Muslims spiked nationwide during the war in Iraq. Other Sikhs say the public has a much better understanding of their religion since the war and after the...

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Charges Against Sikh for Carrying Kirpan Dismissed

April 20, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/SCKirpanDismiss

On April 20, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On April 13th a prosecutor for New York City dropped charges against a Sikh for wearing a kirpan. Kashmir Singh, of Carteret, New Jersey, was charged in February 2004 for violating New York City's administrative code by carrying his kirpan. A trial was scheduled on April 13th at Midtown Community Court in New York. Due to the Coalition's intervention, the prosecution dropped the kirpan...

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