Sikhism

Nobel Winner Criticizes UK's Support of Religious Schools

October 29, 2003

Source: The Scotsman

http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/scotland.cfm?id=1192452003

On October 29, 2003 The Scotsman reported that "a Nobel prize-winner, who is credited with helping to transform education in the developing world, has criticised the Scottish Executive’s stance on denominational schools, claiming single-faith establishments damage educational attainment. Amartya Sen, an economist from India, made his comments yesterday in a keynote speech to the...

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Sikh Gurdwara Opens in Charlotte, NC

October 27, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.wral.com/news/2585034/detail.html

On October 27, 2003 Associated Press reported that "the largest city in North Carolina is the latest to get a worship hall for Sikhs. Many members of the Sikh families in the Charlotte region had been assembling in homes on weekends to sing hymns and read out of the Guru Granth Sahib, or holy book. Their closest gurdwara, or Sikh worship hall, was in Durham. The growing Sikh community considered having its...

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British Indian Communities Celebrate Diwali

October 26, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/3214137.stm

On October 26, 2003 the BBC News reported on celebrations of Diwali in the UK: "On Friday more than 150 people attended a ceremony at Caerphilly, south Wales, to worship the goddess Kali. The event marked the first day of the religious festival, one of the most important of the year for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. And the festivities will culminate when more than 300 members of...

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In a Dialogue of Faith, Hayward Sikhs and Christians Shared Worship Space

October 26, 2003

Source: The Daily Review

http://www.dailyreviewonline.com/Stories/0,1413,88~10975~1724744,00.html

On October 26, 2003 The Daily Review told the story of how Sikhs and Christians in Hayward have transformed dialogue into an opportunity to live, literally, side by side. Ranjit Singh Sabharwal, a founder of the Sikh Temple of Hayward, said that "the property on which the Sikh Temple stands could very easily have been bulldozed and sold to the highest...

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London Gurdwara Wins Architectural Award

October 23, 2003

Source: Ealing Times

http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.425465.0.gurdwara_scoops_architecture_awards.php

On October 23, 2003 the Ealing Times reported that "the Sikh Gurdwara temple in Southall [suburb of London] came out on top of both the Ealing Civic Society Architectural Award and [the Ealing Times'] online poll. At the award presentation ceremony last night Sardar Himat Singh Sohi (...

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Guru Nakh Sikh Society Sues Sutter County for Religious Discrimination

October 21, 2003

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2003/10/21/news/local_news/news4.txt

On October 21, 2003 The Appeal-Democrat reported that "a federal judge in Sacramento is deciding the fate of a religious discrimination lawsuit against Sutter County. U.S. District Senior Judge Lawrence Karlton listened to about 30 minutes of arguments Monday from attorneys representing the county and the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Yuba City...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi

October 14, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1010roqueverdict

On October 14, 2003 The Arizona Republic announced that Frank Roque, 44, was sentenced to death for the shooting of Sikh gasoline station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi four days after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Jurists dimsissed Roque's pleas of insanity, noting that the Mesa machinist's "disrespect for human life greatly outweighed his disputed...

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Sikh Grandmother Recognized for Dedication to Multi-Faith Education

October 12, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-h3488559oct12,0,1773668.story

On October 12, 2003 Newsday reported that Rajinderjit Singh,an advocate for Sikh women such as herself and a gently outspoken activist for multifaith education, will be one of three recipients of the 2003 Faith Fellowship Award presented by the Gathering of Light Multifaith Spiritual Fellowship. The Glen Head grandmother became became a founding board member and Sikh representative...

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Traditional Punjabi Dance a Part of Sikh Diwali Celebration

October 11, 2003

Source: Manukau Courier

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2687669a11,00.html

On October 11, 2003 the Manukau Courier reported on Diwali celebrations in New Zealand, highlighting the Sikh community's commemoration of the festival: "Sukhjot Singh, who will perform the Bhangra [a traditional Punjabi men's dance celebrating the Sikh religion], says Diwali is also significant for Sikhs [not just Hindus]. 'It symbolises the time when Hargobindji, the sixth prophet,...

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Legislation Condemns Wave of Violence Against Sikhs and South Asians

October 8, 2003

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5967_407679,001600060001.htm

On October 8, 2003 Hindustan Times reported that "Congressmen Frank Pallone and Joe Wilson have joined fellow lawmakers in supporting a legislation in the US House of Representatives condemning bigotry and violence against Sikhs and others of South Asian origin post September 11. The House is expected to approve the legislation, sponsored by Congressmen Darrell Issa...

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Legislation Condemns Wave of Violence Against Sikhs and South Asians

October 7, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/4363_41.htm

On October 7, 2003 ,The Anti-Defamation League announced that they "welcome approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of a resolution condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, South Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans and Sikh-Americans." Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, added that "Now that both the House and Senate have acted to repudiate bias-motivated violence, we...

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