Sikhism

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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Sikh Priest Arrested for Carrying Kirpan

September 17, 1999

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 17, 1999, The Plain Dealer reported that Gurbachan Singh Bhatia, a Sikh priest from Ohio, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a minor traffic incident. The 69-year-old Bhatia, the first Sikh priest in Northern Ohio, was carrying a kirpan, or small knife, which is a Sikh religious symbol that shows one's willingness to defend one's faith. In previous court cases, the 1st District Ohio Court of Appeals overturned a Cincinnati Municipal Court conviction of a Sikh man for carrying a concealed weapon in...

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Sikh Summer Camp for Children

July 31, 1999

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On July 31, 1999, The Dallas Morning News published an article on Sikh Camp at the Sikh Temple of North Texas in Garland, TX. It is a two-week camp for children ages 5-14 that immerses Sikh children in their faith, which is an experience rarely felt in American culture. The camp, in its 14th year, has drawn 30 children this year. Ritika Vohra, whose two daughters attend the camp, stated: "This is an opportunity for them to socialize with one another, and that's one of the most important things that we can give them here."...

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Pluralism Project Affiliates Map Religious Diversity of Northern Ohio

July 31, 1999

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

On July 31, 1999 Akron Beacon Journal featured an article on the research of Northern Ohio's religious diversity by Pluralism Project affiliates. The "growth in religious diversity has been examined by two Kent State University researchers... Dr. David Odell-Scott, associate professor of philosophy... and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj, a professor of geography... received a 1998 grant through the Pluralism Project at Harvard University to map the religious diversity of Northern Ohio... As a result of that work, the researchers have...

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Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 19, 1999

Source: Sacramento Bee

On April 19, 1999, the Sacramento Bee reported on the 300th anniversary celebrations of the Khalsa which took place on Sunday, April 18th in Sacramento and Yuba City, California. Even with all of the celebrations, the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi, is supposed to be reflective. Dr. Narinder Singh Parhar, a Roseville, CA internist who maintains Khalsa practice, explained that, "it's a time for (believers) to see if they've been good Sikhs. Are they sticking to the principles? Are they sticking to the causes?"

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 17, 1999

Source: The Indianapolis Star

On April 17, 1999, The Indianapolis Star reported on the new Sikh temple in Indianapolis. Though the Sikh community established itself in Indianapolis in the 1960s, Sikhs have been worshipping in rented houses and community centers for the past several decades. Today, more than 200 Sikh families are a part of the new temple community. They are happy to be able to celebrate the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi, and the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa in their own temple.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 17, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 17, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported on the festivities of the Sikh community in Houston commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa on Wednesday, April 14th. More than 600 Sikhs joined the festivities on Wednesday. Additional events are scheduled in Houston throughout the year.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 17, 1999

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 17, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the celebrations in the Sikh community of Atlanta for the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa to take place on Sunday, April 18th in the community's gurdwara.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 11, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On April 11, 1999, The Washington Post published an article on the celebratory march of Sikhs on Saturday, April 10th along Constitution Avenue from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol for the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With approximately 25,000 Sikhs, the march was largely to celebrate the Sikh religion, but it also brought calls for an independent Sikh nation in the Punjab province of India.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 10, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 10, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on Sikhism to mark the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. On Sunday, April 4th, "more than 10,000 Sikhs celebrated the anniversary in a colorful procession of floats through downtown Los Angeles."

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 10, 1999

Source: The Plain Dealer

On April 10, 1999, The Plain Dealer reported that there is a planned procession along Public Square in Cleveland on April 24th to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With two gurdwaras and an estimated 500 families in the greater Cleveland area, the Sikh community has a growing presence in the area. Ohio Governor Bob Taft officially designated April 14th Khalsa Sikh Day in recognition of "the faith, rich cultural heritage and family values" that Sikhs promote."

First International Sikh Convention

April 5, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On April 5, 1999, The New York Times reported that the first international Sikh convention took place in the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd as a prelude to many of the international festivities for the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With about 6,000 people in attendance, the daylong event was "part academic convocation, part political rally, and part performance with songs, skits, and a tae kwon do demonstration." Rajnarind Kaur, an analyst with J.P. Morgan, stated: "There has never been...

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Restaurant Pays Sikh Man For Religious Discrimination

February 25, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On February 25, 1999, The New York Times reported that El Quijote, a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan, paid a settlement of $10,000 to Jaswinder Pal Singh for discriminating against his religious expression. El Quijote, which has a policy of not allowing men to wear headgear in the restaurant, refused to service Singh in 1996 because he was wearing a turban. Singh, who is a computer science professor at Princeton University, filed a federal lawsuit in 1997 against El Quijote. In the settlement, the restaurant is going to change...

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