Sikhism

Building of Sikh Temple in Dispute

June 14, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On June 14, 2000, The Washington Post published the article "Oak-Hugging Neighbors Delay Cutters; Still Sikh Temple is Likely to be Built on Wooded Site in District Neighborhood.

Minnesota Paper Reports on Sikh and Buddhist Holidays

May 13, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On May 13, 2000, the Star Tribune reported on the Sikh commemoration of "the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth guru in Sikhism. He assembled the Adi Granth and built the famous Golden Temple at Amritsar." The article also noted that "Thursday begins the Buddhist celebration of Visakha Puja Day, or the full moon day of the sixth lunar month. Buddhists of the southern tradition celebrate this as the day Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and died."

Sikh Community in Southern California

April 15, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 15, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the growth of the Sikh community in Southern California. Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, which was built in 1983 as a two-room house to accommodate 80 worshipers, is now a 3.5-acre complex that serves as many as 400 people in Buena Park, CA, including a school, a library, a worship hall, and a community kitchen. This growth has come with an increased demand to address the lack of traditional values held by Sikh youth. Amarjit Singh Dhillon, president of Guru Nanak Temple and...

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Sikhs Celebrate Baisakhi Day

April 8, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 8, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that Southern California Sikhs will celebrate Baisakhi Day at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 9th. Baisakhi Day commemorates the birth of the Khalsa as proclaimed by Guru Gobind Singh more than 300 years ago. Festivities will begin at 8am and will include a two-hour parade around downtown Los Angeles leaving at 3pm from the convention center.

Sikhs in Political Life

March 21, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 21, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on continuing discrimination against Sikhs in political life, along with a growing commitment on the part of the Sikh community to increase their participation in politics. This participation, termed a "political coming out" includes "contributing to political campaigns as never before,with an estimated $7.7 million in donations to federal candidates in the last three elections," the rising number of Indian American legislative aids, and a number of potential candidates for high...

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Popular Sikh Man Slain in Temple

January 25, 2000

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On January 25, 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Ajmer Singh Malhi, a 48-year-old Sikh man who was a popular teacher at Skyline High School in Oakland, California, was killed by a fellow Sikh during temple services at Gurdwara Sahib in El Sobrante, CA on Sunday, January 23rd. Joga Singh Sandher, a 35-year-old Sikh man from San Lorenza, CA, killed Malhi because he was upset that Malhi, in his role as temple secretary, prevented him from addressing the congregation. Sandher had addressed the congregation one...

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Domino's Settles Case Over Beard

January 8, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 8, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that Domino's Pizza announced that it has dropped its long-standing ban on bearded employees and settled a 12-year-old lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against a Sikh man, Prabhjot S. Kohli of Catonsville, Maryland, who grew a beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. Tim McIntyre, vice president for corporate relations, stated that Domino's changed its policy because the public has become more accepting of beards. Kohli brought suit against Domino's in...

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Dating in the Sikh Community

December 22, 1999

Source: Long Island Voice

On December 22, 1999, the Long Island Voice published an article on the touchy topic of dating in the Sikh community of Long Island, New York. Currently, it is estimated that 10,000 to 15,000 Sikhs live on Long Island, many of whom are teenagers who wish to date. Dr. Jovita Crasta, assistant director of psychiatry at South Nassau Communities Hospital, stated: "Dating is considered a fearful thing for the Indians, because they see dating as licensed sex...Premarital sex is very strongly frowned on, especially for girls." One 19-...

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Gratitude Toward the Sikh Community of New Orleans

December 21, 1999

Source: The Times-Picayune

On December 21, 1999, The Times-Picayune published a letter written by Dominique Wheeler of the St. Philip Community Center, an agency of the Social Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Her letter thanks the Sikh community of New Orleans for their donation of food baskets which provided Thanksgiving meals to 55 families.

Sikh Cleric Cleared of Concealed Weapons Charge

December 7, 1999

Source: The Plain Dealer

On December 7, 1999, The Plain Dealer reported that the city of Mentor, Ohio dropped the concealed weapons charge against Gurbachan Singh Bhatia for carrying a kirpan. Through an interpreter, Bhatia stated: "I cried at night when I prayed to God...Since 1962, I have put it on." The kirpan was taken away from Bhatia on September 3rd in a minor traffic accident, when police officers noticed it and arrested him for carrying a concealed weapon. Mentor Prosecutor Ron Graham defended the actions of the police officers, stating that the...

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Sikh Cleric Cleared of Concealed Weapons Charge

December 6, 1999

Source: The Plain Dealer

On December 6, 1999, The Plain Dealer published an article on the upcoming court hearing for Gurbachan Singh Bhatia in Mentor, Ohio. Bhatia, who serves as a cleric for the Guru Gobind Singh Society of Cleveland, was arrested in September on a concealed weapons charge for carrying a kirpan. When members of his temple heard of the arrest, they launched an international campaign, informing the Sikh community via the Internet about Bhatia's case. The city of Mentor was flooded with phone calls and letters, including one from U.S....

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Sikh Ashram in Millis, Massachusetts

October 30, 1999

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 30, 1999, The Boston Globe published an article on the Sikh ashram in Millis, one of two Sikh communities in Massachusetts. The ashram, consisting of 25 housing units and a gurdwara, is comprised of Sikhs who lead typical suburban lives outside of the community, but are bonded by communal worship, meditation, and yoga practice. Jot Singh Khalsa, who lives in the Millis community, stated: "Living as a Sikh means trying to live each moment, each interaction, each relationship in a truthful way...Living in such close...

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Legal Fight Over Sikh-Owned Gas Station in Milwaukee

October 26, 1999

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On October 26, 1999, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article on the legal fight ensuing over a Sikh-owned gas station in an African-American neighborhood of Milwaukee. Neighbors have complained about the Citgo Quik Mart at Sherman Blvd and Capitol Drive which tends to attract loud noise, partying, and even gunfire from groups congregating at the station. Neighbors want the station shut down under a new city nuisance ordinance that has only been used against taverns and nightclubs. Raj Singh, spokesman for the...

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Sikh Temple in Washington Avoids Shut Down

October 2, 1999

Source: The Seattle Times

On October 2, 1999, The Seattle Times reported that the Sikh temple in Renton, WA fulfilled its obligation to put in landscaping, repair a roadway and erect new street lights on Talbot Road, and replace a wetland destroyed when the temple was built. The 23,000-square-foot temple opened last year with a temporary occupancy permit, but because of unfinished work, Renton's building official threatened to post a "No Occupancy" sign at the temple. Finishing the temple has been a point of contention for factions within the congregation...

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