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...


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...


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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Sarbat Khalsa 2015

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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Yogi Bhajan pictured as his true self, a yogi. He claimed the Akal Takhat jathedar gave him the title “Siri Singh Sahib.” The jathedar publicly denounced his claim, and later threatened to excommunicate him.

American yogis distort Sikh scripture

Part I: Bhajan’s yogic theories form framework of English translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Panthic, Investigative, Historic | April 14, 2015

The Gurus considered any alteration of Gurbani, explicit or implicit, as a sacrilegious act, and so do their Sikhs. But for more than two decades, Sikhs have accepted and promoted an English version of their scripture, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, that contains not one, but countless, distortions – both single words and phrases – based on the Hindu yogic philosophy taught by the late Yogi Harbhajan Singh Puri Khalsa, a man who came close to being excommunicated for his sacreligious teachings by Akaal Takhat Jathedar Sadhu Singh Bhaura, in 1979. The distorted translation is authored by one of the yogi’s long-time disciples, Sant Singh Khalsa.

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This is one of two images recently found on the Internet that shows a picture of Yogi Bhajan draped in garlands, with a large statue of Lord Shiva in the background. The second picture shows his family praying to this picture during his ash immersion and last rites ceremony led by the pujya swami of Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh.

Yogi Bhajan given Hindu last rites

Part I: Emblem of his beliefs

Panthic, Investigative | November 24, 2013

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, performed Yogi Bhajan’s last rites rituals and ash immersion in Mother Ganga. This ashram on the banks of the Ganges River is devoted to Shiva, the Hindu god of yoga.

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President's Statement on Guru Nanak's Gurpurab

Panthic, Briefs | November 16, 2013

I want to extend my best wishes to all our Sikh friends, across the United States and around the world, who this weekend are observing the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first Sikh Guru.

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The Pikey Cafe and Bar in Hollywood, California, commissioned portraits of Indian maharajas.

Hollywood bar removes portraits of Gurus from Indian maharaja’s room

Panthic | October 13, 2013

A Hollywood bar has confirmed, with photographs, that it has removed portraits of the Sikh Gurus from its walls.

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Professor Darshan Singh at the Sikh Gurdwara, DC, was invited for Guru Hargobind's Gurpurab on July 7. He used the occasion to talk about the meaning of Akal Takhat, his excommunication, and the conspiracy of introducing false granths into Sikhi.

Professor Darshan Singh: DC Sikhs ask Akal Takhat to reconsider his excommunication

Politics, Panthic | October 04, 2013

Reporting from Washington - The management at the Sikh Gurdwara, DC, has asked the Akal Takhat jathedar to reconsider Professor Darshan Singh’s excommunication in a public forum, at the Akal Takhat.

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Prabhjot Singh, a physician and a professor, was attacked by a teenage mob on bicycles Saturday evening in New York City.

Sikh assaulted by NYC teens in apparent hate crime

Panthic | September 23, 2013

Prabhjot Singh, a physician and a professor in New York City, was attacked Saturday night in an apparent hate crime by a group of teenagers shouting anti-Muslim slurs as he walked near Central Park.

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Sikh VIPs arrive in New York for a week-long tour announcing a US committee to address Sikh grievances on behalf of the Akal Takhat. From left to right, Satpal Singh Khalsa, convener of the committee, Giani Ranjit Singh, head granthee of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Mohinder Singh Taneja, a committee member, Akal Takhat Jathedaar Gurbachan Singh, and far right, Jathedaar Patna Sahib Ranjit Singh.

Akal Takhat forms committee to represent US Sikhs

appoints Yogi Bhajan follower as head; VIPs make contentious stops during US visit

Politics, Panthic, People | September 10, 2013

The Akaal Takhat has formed a seven-member US committee to address the large volume of gurdwara disputes and also to advocate for all issues affecting Sikhs in the US, including hate crimes, school bullying and airport-security profiling.

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DC Sikhs Ask for Representation at Akal Takhat

Panthic | July 30, 2013

Reporting from Washington – The Washington sangat is seeking representation of the diaspora Panth at the Akal Takhat.


Hemkund Sahib Route Devastated by Floods

Some Casualties, Many Stranded

Panthic | July 08, 2013

About 10,000 lives have been lost since mid June from torrential rains and flash flooding of areas near Hemkund Sahib, including Gobind Ghat, where vehicles park and travelers continue up to the gurdwara by a footpath, a New York-based Sikh humanitarian group said. The upper snow-covered Himalayan territories are very remote and difficult to access. Several religious sites are situated in that region, including Gurdwara Hemkund Sahib, the only Sikh site, which open to the public during the summer months when the weather is more temperate.


Kirpan Ban Lifted at Rochester Gurdwara

Politics, Panthic | June 13, 2013

The Kirpan ban at the Gurdwara of Rochester, imposed three years ago by its trustees as part of their management lawsuit, was fully lifted last week by a New York supreme-court judge.


1984 Pogroms Case Still Pending in US Court

Politics, Panthic | May 30, 2013

Sikhs for Justice has until September to show that its human rights violation complaint against the Indian National Congress party, for its role in the 1984 pogroms, can be tried in a US federal court.


Rochester Gurdwara Trustees to Lift Ban on Kirpan

Defendants Also Want Them to Retract False Affidavits

Politics, Panthic | May 22, 2013

With immense pressure from the Akal Takhat, the Gurdwara of Rochester trustees have asked a New York court to lift all restrictions on Kirpans at the gurdwara, but have stopped short of retracting harmful statements they made to the court about Kirpans, which led to the original ban two years ago.


DC Gurdwara Re-Opens

Also serves as international headquarters for Pingalwara

Panthic | May 16, 2013

Shut down for nearly two years, the National Gurdwara will re-open its doors as the only gurdwara in the nation’s capital, and the The National Library and Museum of Pingalwara.


"Sadda Haq" Opens Everywhere

Panthic | May 10, 2013

The film portrays the state and federal government’s campaign to crush the militancy at all cost, and the impunity with which the Punjab Police and government officials carried out the campaign.


Backstory: Sikh Caucus

Politics, Panthic | May 02, 2013

Reporting from Washington - It was 10 years in the making. Two Sikhs from California built the foundation for the American Sikh Congressional Caucus.


Lego Turban

Panthic, Education | April 29, 2013

The Lego toy company has a turban that fits on top of its mini-figures. Only one store sells it in the United States. And when they are sold out, they are gone.


Akal Takhat Committee Condemns Rochester Gurdwara's Kirpan Ban

Panj Jathedars’ Decision Expected This Month

Panthic | March 16, 2013

A seven-member committee appointed by the Akal Takhat recommended last month that the five jathedars discipline the trustees of the Gurdwara of Rochester for petitioning a New York court to impose a ban on Kirpans.


New Description of Truck That Followed and Shot Florida Sikh

Gurdwara Sets up the Kanwaljit Singh Fund

Panthic | March 07, 2013

The vehicle involved in the shooting of Kanwaljit Singh of Port Orange, Florida, is a Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma-style truck, which differs from the initial description of the larger Ford truck that was circulated earlier, police said today.