Sikhism

International Sikh Leader Suspended From Position

February 11, 1999

Source: Montreal Gazette

On February 11, 1999, the Montreal Gazette reported that Ranjit Singh, the international leader of Sikhism, was suspended by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), which is the body that appointed Singh in India. Last summer, Ranjit Singh excommunicated 7 Sikhs from British Columbia who refused to carry out Singh's controversial edict to remove tables and chairs from temple dining halls. The edict resulted in several violent clashes among the Sikhs in British Columbia. Ranjit Singh doesn't accept the SGPC's decision...

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Celebration of 300th Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

January 9, 1999

Source: The Arizona Republic

On January 9, 1999, The Arizona Republic reported that the International Symposium on Khalsa will be held on January 9-10, 1999 in Phoenix. The symposium will be the U.S. celebration of the 300th anniversary of when the Guru Gobind Singh established the current Sikh identity. Yogi Bhajan, the Sikh leader in the Western Hemisphere, is the featured speaker at the event.

Sikh Community in Houston Has Tradition of Helping in Local Shelter

November 29, 1998

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 29, 1998, the Houston Chronicle reported on the tradition that has developed at the Star of Hope shelter in Houston with the area Sikh community. What started five years ago as an annual feast prepared by the Sikh community at the shelter has turned into a monthly event. The Sikh volunteers, who buy, cook and serve the food, create an Italian-Mexican offering of enchiladas and lasagna to suit the Texan diet. Hardeep Kaur Singh, one of the volunteers, stated, "we thought we needed to give back to this community...

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Clinton Salutes American Sikhs

November 13, 1998

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 13, 1998, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that President Clinton sent a letter of greeting on November 3rd to Sikhs across the country to celebrate the 529th birth-anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. Clinton states, "We are grateful for the teachings of Guru Nanak, which celebrate equality of all in the eyes of God - a message that strengthens our efforts to build one America. Religious pluralism in our nation is bringing us together in new and powerful ways."

Sikhs in the Washington-Baltimore Area

October 31, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On October 31, 1998, the Washington Post issued an article about the growing population of Sikhs in the Washington-Baltimore area, which has doubled in the last five years. Bhai Gurdarshan Singh, priest of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation in Rockville, MD, explains that this recent surge of Sikhs to the area is a result of the family and friends of previous immigrants, who came to the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s, who have recently decided to emigrate from India. Today, about 1000 Sikh families, comprising 6000-7000 people, reside in...

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25th Anniversary of the Sikh Center of the Gulf Coast in Houston

October 31, 1998

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 31, 1998, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Sikh Center of the Gulf Coast in Houston is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Sikh community in Houston today comprises over 1000 families, a far cry from the estimated 20 families who presided over the dedication of the first gurdwara in Houston in 1973. The celebration included a rally at Houston's Tranquillity Park on November 4th, a special worship service for the birthday of Guru Nanak also on November 4th, and an anniversary service on November 8th at the...

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Fire at Connecticut Sikh Association

October 22, 1998

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 22, 1998, The Hartford Courant reported on a massive fire that destroyed a large commercial building in downtown Hartford on October 20th. The Connecticut Sikh Association, which rented the second floor of the building and used it for worship services and other activities, had stored their copy of the Sikh holy books inside the building. The fire gutted most of the second floor, but the holy books and many religious artifacts survived the fire. Hargurpreet Singh, a member of the Connecticut Sikh Association,...

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Plans for California Gurdwara Approved

September 25, 1998

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On September 25, 1998, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Sikh Society of San Diego has gained approval from the Escondido City Council to add gold domes to an already approved plan for a Sikh temple in Escondido. The Escondido Planning Commission had previously denied the addition of the gold domes on the basis that it would be "incompatible with the "Southwestern" style of the neighborhood." The Sikh Society of San Diego appealed to city hall and they enthusiastically approved the addition.

Tragic Killing at Florida Sikh Gurdwara

August 23, 1998

Source: Sun-Sentinel

On August 23, 1998, one Sikh shot and killed another Sikh (and wounded two others) before shooting himself. Both men were devoted to the gurdwara. Long standing differences led to this unexpected tragedy despite the gurdwara's efforts to negotiate a reconciliation. One area of difference concerned seating in the gurdwara; this relates to humility and equality which are profound concerns in this faith tradition. Some of the media coverage was seen as problematic. "What happened at the Gurdwara could have happened at a church, a synagogue, or...

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Sikh Summer Camp: Passing on Religion, Heritage and Pride

July 18, 1998

Source: The New York Times

On July 18, 1998, the New York Times ran an article about a Sikh summer camp in the hills of Pennsylvania. Sikh youth come to Lohgarh Retreat to learn more about their religion, and to share with counselors and peers the issues and concerns faced by Sikh youth. Wearing a turban, a very visible sign of being a Sikh, can attract attention and even name-calling; at camp the turban is discussed as a reminder of identity.

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