A lengthy Facebook post by Greg Worthington, a doctoral student in education policy at the University of Texas at Austin, lashing out at a racist joke against Darsh Preet Singh, the first Sikh NCAA basketball player, went viral on Saturday.

"Do the world a favor and educate yourself."

Breaking News | December 08, 2015

That was the message Greg Worthington, a doctoral student in education policy at the University of Texas at Austin, posted on his Facebook page on Saturday, Dec. 5, lashing out at a racist joke against Darsh Preet Singh, the first Sikh American to play basketball in the NCAA.

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Canadian MLA Manmeet Singh Bhullar was killed Monday, Nov. 23, in a highway accident.

Sikh Canadian politician killed in highway accident

Panthic, Breaking News | November 25, 2015

Manmeet Singh Bhullar, the Progressive Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Greenwaywas, was killed Monday, Nov. 23, when a semitractor-trailer lost control on the snowy highway between Edmonton and Calgary, and collided into him...

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Punjab Bundh Monday

Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 22, 2015

Interim Akal Takhat Jathedaar Dhian Singh Mand has called for a Bundh, or statewide shutdown, on Nov. 23, as another peaceful protest against the corrupt and abusive polices of the administration of Chief Minister Parkash Badal, a confidential source close to the organizers told Sikh Free Press...

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Punjab shutting down India's access to Sikh websites

Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 19, 2015

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, director of the counter intelligence wing of the Punjab Police, is stereotyping diaspora Sikhs as "radicals," and accusing the foreign Sikh media of publishing "seditious" and "provocative" content, such as photos of police atrocities since 1984...

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American gurdwaras pass panthic resolutions

Panthic, Breaking News | November 17, 2015

The American Sikh Council, which represents 55 gurdwaras and eight organization, is urging US Sikhs to form a concensus on the future of the Panth...

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The doctored photo of Veerender Singh Jubbal appeared in at least two Spanish and one Italian newspapers.

Spanish newspapers publish Photoshopped selfie of Sikh as a Paris attacker

Panthic, Breaking News | November 16, 2015

Veerender Singh Jubbal, a Canadian writer and activist, is threatening to sue news outlets in Spain and Italy for publishing a selfie of him that was doctored using Photoshop and labeling him as one of the Nov. 13 Paris attackers. The original image shows him in front of a mirror taking a photo with an iPad. The altered photo shows him with wearing a suicide vest and holding a Koran instead of the iPad...

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Badal administration charges US Sikhs at Sarbat Khalsa with sedition

Using 1860 law from the British Raj

Breaking News | November 14, 2015

The administration of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal has charged the organizers, appointees and participants of Sarbat Khalsa 2015, including at least four Sikhs from the United States and at least two from other Western countries, with sedition. The most well known among the Sikh Americans is Harinder Singh, co-founder of the Texas-based Sikh Research Institute. The charge is beased on sections of the draconian Indian Penal Code 1860, created by the British Raj after the Sepoy Mutiny.

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Interim Akal Takhat Jathedaar arrested at Darbar Sahib

Breaking News | 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, Nov. 11, as he addressed the sangat at the Darshani Deodi, urging Sikhs to boycott Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal, according to Indian news media.

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Sarbat Khalsa 2015

Sarbat Khalsa expels jathedaars, excommunicates Gill and Brar

Breaking News | November 10, 2015

A massive Sarbat Khalsa today expelled the five takhat jathedaars and named temporary heads until Vaisakhi 2016 when a new independent process is expected be in place to select jathedaars...

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Preparations for Sarbat Khalsa

Live Broadcast: Sarbat Khalsa 2015

Breaking News | November 09, 2015

The Sarbat Khalsa is expected to be held on Tuesday Nov. 10 at Chaba village on the outskirts of Amritsar on a 12-acre agricultural plot near the main Amritsar-Tarn Taran road. The SGPC refused to hold the event at the Akal Takhat. Security forces are on heightened alert in Punjab. Please scroll down to see live broadcast...

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Correction: The SGPC will not perform dheep maalaa this year

Breaking News | October 27, 2015

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will not allow gurdwaras to perform dheep maalaa, celebration lighting, for Bundhi Chhor Divas to protest of the ongoing bayudhbi, desecrations, of Guru Granth in Punjab, but only for this year and not necessarily permanently as was originally stated by SFP...

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Punj Payroll directing SGPC to terminate services of takhat jathedaars for not appearing before them at the Akal Takhat.

Punj Pyaaray call for dismissal of the takhat jathedaars

Breaking News | October 25, 2015

The Punj Pyaaray directed the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee on Friday to remove all five takhat jathedaars from their positions, including Akal Takhat Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, for ignoring their summons on Oct. 21 to explain why they pardoned cult leader and accused criminal, Gurmeet Ram Rahim of Dera Sacha Sauda, for his 2007 blasphemous act of immitating Guru Gobind Singh, according to catchnews.com.

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SGPC members self-destruct as they suspend the Punj Pyaaraas

Breaking News | October 23, 2015

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief, Avtar Makkar, suspended the Punj Pyaaraas along with two committee secretaries and four other employees for summoning the jathedars of the five takhts on Oct. 23 to explain why they had first pardoned cult chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim of Dera Sacha Sauda, for his 2007 blasphemous acts.

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New Sikh studies chair at UC Irvine

Breaking News | October 19, 2015

The University of California at Irvine today announced that it has established the "Dhan Kaur Sahota Presidential Chair in Sikh Studies."

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Source: SikhSiyasat.net

Jathedaars withdraw cult pardon amid widespread unrest in Punjab

Breaking News | October 17, 2015

In response to the Panth’s outrage at the punj jathedaars’ pardon of cult leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim of Dera Sacha Sauda, on Sept. 24, the Akal Takhat’s secretariat issued a statement yesterday, on Oct. 16, that they had reversed their decision.

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Sikh youth holding placards during a demonstration in Amritsar. Source: sikhsiyasat.net

Punjab Police arrest Sikh youth for protesting jathedaars' pardon of Sacha Sauda cult leader

Breaking News | October 11, 2015

The Punjab Police is arresting Sikh youth protesting the punj jathedaars’ exoneration of cult leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim of Dera Sacha Sauda with a poster campaign calling for a boycott of all the jathedaars, including Gurbachan Singh of the Akal Takhat, a new report said.

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Scroll down to see live broadcast: A Sikh prayer with Pope Francis

Breaking News | September 25, 2015

Pope Francis will visit the 9/11 memorial in New York City today, Sept. 25, to pay his respects to the 2,983 victims of the Feb. 26, 1993, and Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Pope will then lead representatives of world religions, including Sikhs, in a multi-religious prayer for peace. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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A Sikh prayer with Pope Francis in NYC

Breaking News | September 22, 2015

Satpal Singh and Gunisha Kaur, of New York, will recite a shabad in Gurmukhi and English, respectively, at a multi-religious gathering with Pope Francis at the World Trade Center's National September 11 Memorial & Museum this Friday.

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Correction

Breaking News | September 04, 2015

Bhagat Singh Thind was the first turbanded soldier in the U.S. Army - but he was not a Sikh - as originally reported.

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Bapu Surat Singh's son-in-law killed in US

Breaking News | August 19, 2015

The son-in-law of Sikh activist, Surat Singh, was killed by unidentified assailants in Peoria, Illinois, on Monday. According to the Peoria Journal Star, Satwinder Singh Bhola, 53, who had been living in the U.S., probably under asylum after the 1984 Operation Blue Star, was stabbed multiple times outside his apartment. Surat Singh has been on a hungar strike, in Ludhiana, protesting India's indefinite detention of Sikh political prisoners.

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Sikhs protest India's detaining of prisoners past their sentences

Breaking News | June 01, 2015

Hundreds of Sikhs sat on train tracks in Jalandhar yesterday to protest the Punjab and Indian governments' continued refusal to release political prisoners who have served their maximun sentences, according to Indian news reports. India's supreme court has put a hold on their pardon or release. 

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Gurdwaras send langar packets to Nepal earthquake victims

Breaking News | April 28, 2015

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee sent 25,000 langar (blessed food) packets on Monday to victims of the severe 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee sent 20,000 packets on Sunday, and has committed to send at least 80,000 more. Millions are affected across this remote Himalayan region.

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California recognizes 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom

Breaking News, Briefs | April 16, 2015

The California State Assembly passed a resolution today remembering the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom.

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Amritsar not on Obama's India itinerary

Breaking News | January 07, 2015

President Barack Obama will not be going to Amritsar on his trip to India, from Jan. 24 to Jan. 28. He will only stop at Delhi and Agra. Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, was on his itinerary during his first trip in November 2010, but that stop was cancelled. The White House eluded to political reasons, stating at a press conference that the president will visit places he is invited to visit by the Indian government.

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Jathedars drop another Gurpurab from Nanakshahi

Breaking News | November 21, 2014

The punj jathedars decided on Nov. 17 to reverted Guru Gobind Singh's prakash gurpurab back to the Bikrami calendar. The gurpurab was celebrated on January 5 since the adoption of the Nanakshahi Calendar in 2002. But beginning this year, the gurpurab will keep to moving dates on the brahmanical calendar. It lands on December 28 this year, but the jathedars moved it to a random date, Jan 7, because it conflicts with the chotay sahibzaday's shaheedhi gurpurab. Earlier this year, the jathedars also rolled back Guru Arjan's shaheedhi gurpurab from Nanakshahi June 16 to Bikrami June 4.

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