Left: Sikh scholar, Kahan Singh, of Nabha, in an undated photo. Center: Mahan Kosh published by Punjabi University, Patiala. Right: An enhanced image of Kahan Singh printed in Manah Kosh.

Court complaint seeks audit of Mahan Kosh translations

Panthic, Historic | February 28, 2017

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana again reviewed a petition on Monday alleging problems with the Hindi and English translations of Guru Shabad Ratanakar Mahan Kosh by Kahan Singh, popularly known as Mahan Kosh.

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Ghazala and Khizr Khan with U.S. Army Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi backstage at the Democratic National Convention. Khizr Khan spoke on the final night of the convention about his son, Humayun, who was killed in 2004 saving the lives of his fellow soldiers in Iraq. He then took aim at the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, for his anti-Muslim rhetoric: “Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetary? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending United States of America. You’ll see all faiths, genders

A look back: Sikh sightings at the national conventions

U.S., Politics | October 04, 2016

Reporting from Washington - While several turbaned Sikhs were seen participating in the Democratic National Convention during prime time, none were seen at the Republican National Convention.

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Orlando Sikhs take part in interfaith vigil for victims of the June shooting.

Orlando Sikhs stand with you

U.S. | August 06, 2016

In the weeks following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the Sikh community in Orlando responded with a message of unity, which may have helped prevent backlash.

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Davinder Singh was shot to death on Memorial Day at his New Jersey gas station.

Memorial Day shooting of Sikh gas station owner still a mystery

U.S. | July 27, 2016

No suspect…no arrests…no motive.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a formal state apology for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914.

Canada's sincere apology for the Komagata Maru

Politics, Historic | July 06, 2016

Canada’s apology for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, which embodied its civil rights violations against Sikh immigrants, may be the most sincere apology made by a government.

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Left: Councilman Ravinder Singh Bhalla at the Hoboken Day Parade. Right: Arish Singh responds to Donald Trump's innuendo about his red turban during an Iowa campaign rally.

Sikh councilman and Sikh comedian stand up to Trump’s hate mongering

Politics | June 06, 2016

In perhaps the most bizarre presidential campaign in recent history, in which one of the candidates has managed to offend every minority group, two Sikhs are turning incidents of hate speech into conversations on embracing the changing face of America.

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Members of the International Sikh Federation hold inaugural press conference, Feb. 2016. The organization is an off-chute of the All India Sikh Student Federation - Mehta. Using “Sikh” as part of an organization’s title does not necessarily mean that it is a Sikh organization.

U.S. Sikhs condemn $50,000 bounty to slay five DC-area Sikhs

Punjabi organization behind call for assassination

Panthic | May 19, 2016

Reporting from Washington – What began as a local incident of violation of the Sikh Rehit Maryada has turned into a sensational international attempt to incite violence.

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Letter from Akal Takhat summoning DC Sikhs for altering Amrit Sanchaar on April 15.

DC-area Sikhs summoned to Akal Takhat for altered Amrit Sanchaar

Panthic | May 16, 2016

Reporting from Washington - The five takhat jathedaars today summoned five Washington-metro area Sikhs for violating the Sikh Rehit Maryaada by replacing three of the five Baanees of Amrit Sanchaar, which are attributed to the original ceremony by Guru Gobind Singh, in 1699, with other Baanees from Guru Granth Sahib.

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Sikh soldiers, then and now, wearing gas masks and full body masks.

U.S. Army may accept Sikh combat soldier

Politics, Historic | March 30, 2016

The U.S. Army may soon grant Capt. Simratpal Singh a religious accommodation to serve as a combat soldier, but it may not single him out and subject him to specialized testing involving his articles of faith - unshorn hair and beard, and turban – and use those results to make its final decision. Update: Accommodation was granted on March 31.

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Pritam Kaur, the only woman to speak at Sarbat Khalsa 2015.

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Panthic | March 08, 2016

In this video, speakers continue to show support for the Sarbat Khalsa, and tell of incidents of Punjab Police preventing people from travelling to the gathering. This clip 8 of 11 includes an English transcription.

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Ramanjit Singh Sikki, who resigned from the Punjab Legislative Assembly in protest of government inaction in finding the person(s) responsible for desecrating the Guru Granth Sahib, condemns the Parkash Badal administration.

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Panthic | March 02, 2016

The following is an English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. In this clip, Ramanjit Singh Sikki, who resigned from the Punjab Legislative Assembly in protest of government inaction in finding the person(s) responsible for desecrating the Guru Granth Sahib, condemns the Parkash Badal administration. And Jaswant Singh Purain, one of seven members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee who also resigned in protest, condemns the SGPC.

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A taadi jatha sings about the qualities of a jathadaar.

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Panthic | February 25, 2016

The following is an English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content, and paraphrases or quotes of significant content. In this clip, the organizers announce names of noteworthy persons attending the event, such as: Pritam Kaur of Amritsar, wife of Rashpal Singh who was Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s personal assistant; Beant Singh, brother of General Shabeg Singh (tortured and killed in the 1984 Operation Bluestar); Balwinder Singh Chabhal and Surinder Singh Ghariala, present and former chairmen of the Khalra Mission Committee Harpal Singh; and Waryam Singh, brother of shaheed Satwant Singh (who assassinated Indira Gandhi, along with Beant Singh). This clip also contains more allegations of government harassment and prevention of people travelling to the Sarbat Khlasa.

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A taadi jatha sings tales of the current crises in the Panth that led to this Sarbat Khalsa.

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Panthic | February 22, 2016

The following is an English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content and paraphrases of significant content. In this clip, speakers place current issues in context of Sikh history, announce names of attendees form around the world and give another account of government officials preventing people from travelling to the Sarbat Khalsa.

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Sikhs going to do matha tayk to the Guru at Sarbat Khalsa 2015. tayk to the Guru at Sarbat Khalsa 2015.

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Panthic | February 09, 2016

The following is an English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content and paraphrases of significant content. In this clip, the organizers announce incidents of government interference in preventing Sikhs from travelling to the Sarbat Khalsa. They also complement the protesters and gathering for maintaining the peace, and mention that women are among the assemblage.

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The Guru Granth Sahib at Sarbat Khalsa 2015

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Panthic, Historic | January 23, 2016

The Sarbat Khalsa was called in response to a series baeadbi (desecrations) of the Guru Granth Sahib last summer when ripped angs (pages) of the living Guru of the Sikhs were found in the streets of Punjab.

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Brodie Durazo, 21, apologizing to the sangat at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Buena Park, California, on Dec. 13. He was charged with felony and misdemeanor vandalism, but not hate crime.

Vandal who spray-painted gurdwara near LA spared hate crime charge

Panthic | January 15, 2016

It was Divine intervention. California man will not be charged with a hate crime for spray-painting gang graffiti on the parking lot walls of a gurdwara near Los Angeles, including “(explicative) ISIS” on a semitractor-trailer parked there.

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"Hundreds of thousands of Sikh youth" were killed by Punjab Police in the Decade of Disappearances following the 1984 Indian army Operation Blue Star and anti-Sikh pogroms.  - Gurvinder Singh, advocate, at Sarbat Khalsa 2015

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Panthic, Historic | January 11, 2016

The following is an English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content and paraphrases of significant content. Notable comments: "Hundreds of thousands of Sikh youth" were killed by Punjab Police in the Decade of Disappearances following the 1984 Indian army Operation Blue Star and anti-Sikh pogroms. - Gurvinder Singh, advocate (1984 pogroms). In 10 years, between 2001 and 2011, the Sikh population in India has gone down by 2 million. - Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Bahujan Samaj Party member and former member of the Raja Sabha (Indian Parliament).

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Panthic, Historic | January 05, 2016

The following is first of 11 unedited videos with English transcription of the proceedings of Sarbat Khalsa 2015. It contains general ideas of repetitive content, summaries of relevant content and paraphrases of significant content.

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Where is this truck?

Gurdwara near LA vandalized in wake of nearby shootings

Evidence drove off

Panthic | December 10, 2015

A Los Angeles-area gurdwara was vandalized with graffiti last weekend in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings a few days earlier by a Muslim couple, but a crucial piece of the evidence drove off before police arrived. Where is this semitractor-trailor with the hate graffiti?

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Indian security forces march through the streets of Punjab after the Sarbat Khalsa, on Nov. 10.

Interim Akal Takhat Jathedaar arrested at Darbar Sahib, many Sikhs detained

Badal and other Punjab leaders planned arrests with Punjab Police, launch smear campaign

Panthic | November 12, 2015

Interim Akal Takhat Jathedaar Dhian Singh Mand, appointed by the Sarbat Khalsa on Tuesday, Nov. 10, was arrested by Punjab Police from inside the Darbar Sahib yesterday. Chief Minister Parkash Badal and other Punjab leaders planned arrests of several top Sikh leaders with the Punjab Police, the Punjab advocate general, more than a dozen Punjab cabinet ministers and a senior BJP minister. They also launched a smear campaign against the Sikh leaders responsible for the Sarbat Khalsa.

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Sea of Sikhs throng Sarbat Khalsa 2015

Jathedaars sacked, Punjab leadership boycotted, military and police leaders excommunicated

Panthic | November 10, 2015

What began as a dreary solemn morning turned into a bright electrifying day for the massive Sarbat Khalsa that overflowed the 12-acre field in Taran Taaran. About half a million Sikhs gathered in Amritsar on Nov. 10 in an ultimate display of love and respect for the Guru. Most were from Punjab and India, but many came from around the world.

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Sawinder Singh of Maryland presented the American resolution of 11 Mathay to about 75 Sikhs from the metropolitan Washington area. The resolution called for a boycott of the takhat jathedaars and the Akali Dal Party of Punjab Chief Minister of Parkash Badal. Sikh Americans also called for representation of Sikhs living abroad in selecting the jathedaars of the Akal Takhat and the SGPC.

US gurdwaras boycott takhat jathedaars, Badal

Panthic | October 27, 2015

Major gurdwaras, from Virginia to New York, passed an 11-point resolution (mathay) on Oct. 18 to address the state-sponsored tyranny and violence against Punjab’s citizens, particularly the Sikhs.

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Pope Francis gives a traditional hug to Satpal Singh who said a Sikh prayer at "A Witness to Peace: A multi-religious gathering with Pope Francis,” at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, New York City, on Sept. 25, 2015.

Pope Francis welcomed Sikhs with Kirpaans

Vatican and White House allows Kirpaans

Panthic | October 02, 2015

Pope Francis hugged a Sikh wearing a Kirpaan at the interfaith prayer service last week at New York City’s 9/11 memorial.

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Akal Takhat Jathedar Gurbachan Singh receives a petition signed by about 3,500 Sikhs asking him to ban Bhajan's yogis from dancing and yoga-ing to Gurbani. Surjit Singh (yellow dastaar), president of the Bhai Makhan Shah Lubana Seva and Welfare Society in Mohali, Punjab, began the grass-roots signature campaign. He also is the founder of the "Wake Up Sikhs" Facebook page, which is a repository of 3HO/SDI videos and images of their transgressions.

3,500 Sikhs petition Akal Takhat against Bhajan’s yogis

Son-in-law and 3HO leader urge PR damage control measures

Panthic | September 18, 2015

The Akal Takhat jathedar and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee warned Yogi Bhajan’s family and followers over the summer to reign in their anti-Sikh practices.

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Sikh activists make the case against Kaes in California schools and beyond

Congressman Dalip Saund self-identified as a Hindu

Investigative, Historic, Education | August 30, 2015

In the ongoing process to include new Sikh content in California schools curriculum, Sikh activists have created their own definition of a Sikh, sending mixed messages about the Sikh identity and articles of faith, and pushing to label Congressman Dalip Saund, who cut off his Kaes shortly after arriving in the U.S. in 1920, as the most notable Sikh from California. The activists, including the Sikh Coalition and SALDEF, assert Kaes is an optional tenet of Sikhism, and include Kaes-less persons in their organizations. Saund’s own writings show he cherished Hinduism and self-identified as a Hindu. “The word "Sikh" used for Dalip Singh Saund should be replaced with "Punjabi," said Onkar Singh Bindra, who is leading the curriculum effort, shortly before publication.

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