Florida Sikh Shot in Possible Hate Crime

Panthic | March 01, 2013

A Sikh man was shot twice by an unknown assailant in a Ford F-150 pickup truck as both crossed the Port Orange Bridge in Florida late Saturday night in what the FBI is considering as a possible hate crime.


Arizona Corrections Officer Gets Beard and Kara Accommodation

Panthic | February 18, 2013

Ikhbinder Singh Bassin, a hospital lab technician from India, could not do better than working at a 7/11 when he immigrated to Arizona in 1999.


Lt. Murphy Praised in the State of the Union

Panthic | February 13, 2013

Reporting form Washington – When Lt. Brian Murphy received a call from the White House last week asking him to be Michelle Obama’s guest at the State of the Union, he said no - but he quickly called back.


Shocking Murder-Suicide of Sikh Family Near Atlanta

Panthic, Community | February 07, 2013

What could possibly be more horrific than an anti-Sikh hate crime? Murder-suicide involving an entire Sikh family, with minor children.


Historical Sikh Invocation at Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service

Scripted, Except for the Word: Waheguru

Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | February 05, 2013

A Sikh made history last month when she delivered an invocation at the presidential inaugural prayer service.


The First Sikh On American Idol

Panthic, Community, People | January 30, 2013

The entertainment industry took notice of Gurpreet Singh Sarin, a young singer who won the first round of auditions on American Idol.


Balpreet Kaur Named 2012's Religious Person of the Year

Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | January 16, 2013

Balpreet Kaur, the college student who graciously disarmed online criticism of her unshorn facial hair, became an inspirational speaker at many Sikh events last fall, and was recently named Huffington Post Religion’s 2012 Person of the Year.


President Honors Wisconsin Victims and Sikh American Contributions in Gurpurab Message

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | November 28, 2012

I send my best wishes to all those here in America and around the world who are observing the anniversary of birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru.


Two Arrested For Stabbings at Yuba City Gurdwara

Panthic, Community | November 23, 2012

Two men were arrested and released on bail in the past week in connection with stabbings during a large brawl outside the Yuba City, California, gurdwara that emerged from an election dispute.


Oak Creek Sikh Temple Honor Strap

Panthic, Community | November 14, 2012

The Oak Creek, Wisconsin, police department has created a military-style bracelet to show solidarity with the Sikh community, and to raise some funds for the victims’ families.


President Obama's Diwali Message

Politics, Panthic, Community | November 13, 2012

Today, here at home and across the globe, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights.


Suspicious Man Detained and Released at Wisconsin Gurdwara

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | November 09, 2012

A white man with wires sticking out of his backpack, who was detained after he sipped tea in the lungar hall of the Wisconsin gurdwara where six people were shot and killed in August, is still welcome there.


Sikh Surgeons’ Seva

From Ludhiana to El Salvador

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | November 07, 2012

Reporting from Baltimore - After two trips to Ludhiana, an American surgical team, led by two Sikh orthopedists, will perform free knee and hip replacements next year for about 50 impoverished patients in El Salvador.


NYC Gala Postponed in Face of Pogroms Controversy

Politics, Panthic, Community | October 30, 2012

The Sikh Art and Film Foundation in New York City has postponed its annual gala this week in response to the rising controversy about its decision to honor Indian government officials on the 28th anniversary of the 1984 pogroms.


Akal Security Settles $1.9 Million in Federal Penalty

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | October 19, 2012

Akal Security, the largest business established by the late Yogi Harbhajan Khalsa, agreed to pay $1,875,000 last month to settle a complaint by the government alleging that it mismanaged training of federal security guards.


Immigration Protection for Oak Creek Gurdwara Shooting Victims’ Families

Lt. Brian Murphy Thanks Sikhs

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | October 10, 2012

Reporting from Washington - A United States attorney promised immigration protection for the families of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin, gurdwara shooting victims.


Nearly Quarter Million Dollars Raised for Sikh Students

Panthic, Education, Community, Minority Report | October 08, 2012

With low overhead costs and a volunteer American staff, nearly all of the $242,000 raised last month by a Sikh education charity will go to needy Sikh students in the greater Punjab area, a spokesman said.


Wisconsin Victim’s Sons Want to Become Police Officer

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | October 01, 2012

Reporting from Washington – The sons of the only woman killed in the Wisconsin gurdwara shooting in early August will pursue careers in law enforcement.


California Schools Curriculum to Include Sikh Information

Budget Crisis May Delay New Textbooks

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | September 28, 2012

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this month a bill to finalize a new history and social studies framework for schools that includes teaching about the religion, history and culture of its Sikh immigrants.


Surprise Right at the Hate Crimes Hearing

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | September 25, 2012

Reporting from Washington - In a room full of Sikhs, Sen. Dick Durbin engaged New York University Prof. James Jacobs in a debate on the merits of hate crimes laws at a Senate subcommittee hearing last week.


Justice and FBI to Consider Tracking Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Decision Expected in October

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | September 21, 2012

Reporting from Washington - The federal government will consider collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs, a justice department official said Wednesday at a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing.


Sikhs Initiated California’s Employment Law

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | September 13, 2012

California employers will have to bear the burden of proof to show significant economic hardship in denying turban and beard accommodations for employees, and they will no longer be able to hide Sikh workers from public view as a means of accommodation.


An Historic Invocation

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | September 10, 2012

With little time to prepare and last-minute changes by convention officials, Ishwar Singh’s invocation at the Republican National Convention may not have been perfect, but it again brought Sikhs into the limelight, experts said.


First Lady Visits Families of Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting Victims

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | August 24, 2012

Reporting from Oak Creek, Wisconsin - First lady Michelle Obama met Thursday with victims and families of those killed in the Aug. 5 massacre at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in a private gathering at Oak Creek High School.


Wisconsin Gurdwara Opens, Memorial Service Today

Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | August 10, 2012

Many public officials are expected to speak at the memorial services for the Wisconsin gurdwara victims, which began this morning at 9:00 Central time.