Historical Collection Under the Hammer

Panthic, Education, Community | August 17, 2011

A highly important collection of documents and artifacts of the Sikh empire and the Punjab are going under the hammer on Thursday, August 18, at Mullock’s auction house in Ludlow, Shropshire, England.


Bibiji's Lawsuit

The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire

Panthic, Community, People | July 28, 2011

Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa gave his wife the title of Bhai Sahiba, Chief Religious Minister of Sikh Dharma, but Inderjit Kaur Puri prefers to simply be called Bibiji.


Minimal Progress on Bullying Prevention in NYC Schools

Politics, Panthic, Education, Community, Minority Report | July 22, 2011

On his way home from school, Sanjeet had stopped by a local deli to grab a bite to eat when some boys came from behind and pulled off his dastaar. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, who was a teacher at the time, saw the incident and tried unsuccessfully to stop the perpetrators.


The First Punjabi Public School

Panthic, Education, Community, Minority Report | July 12, 2011

Sikh children in Sacramento, California, will have an opportunity beginning this fall to attend the first Punjabi-language school in the United States.


Selling Golden Temple

The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire

Panthic, Community, People | June 29, 2011

Kartar Singh Khalsa, head of Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa’s business empire, testified in the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, that selling the rights to the ‘Golden Temple’ brand name was just good business.


Camp For At-Risk Bhujangis

Panthic, Community | June 23, 2011

The time has come for a Sikh camp for at-risk teenagers who are having problems with school or family, exhibiting low self-esteem or motivation, making poor peer or relationship choices, defying authority or responsibility, or experimenting with drugs or alcohol.


SSS Testifies

The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire

Panthic, Community | June 21, 2011

Before his death in 2004, Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa told his longtime secretary, Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa, that after he was gone she would become the Siri Sikhdar Sahiba of Sikh Dharma International, she testified in the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon.


The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire

Guru Singh Khalsa's Testimony

Panthic, Community | June 16, 2011

Mukhia Singh Sahib Guru Singh Khalsa was the first witness on the stand at the Multnomah County Circuit Court, in Portland Oregon, where the battle is on for control of the late Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa’s empire.


NY Court Ejects Gurdwara President

Politics, Panthic, Community | June 10, 2011

The management dispute that resulted in the disturbing Youtube video of a brawl at the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center in New York ended yesterday with a court decision to disqualify the current president and name the person designated by the gurdwara’s selection committee as its rightful president.


Man Gets 13 Years in Hate Crime of Sikh Cabby

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | June 04, 2011

Pedro Antonio Ramirez was sentenced in a California court yesterday to 13 years in prison for his part in the November 2010 hate crime and assault of Harbhajan Singh, a Sikh cab driver.


Competition Inspires Youth Kirtan

Panthic, Community | June 03, 2011

Reporting from Silver Spring, Maryland - The annual kirtan competition is a platform for Sikh youth to learn Gurmat sangeet.


Appeal to Adopt Nanakshahi 2003

Politics, Panthic, Community | May 23, 2011

A coalition of American gurdwaras is appealing to the global Sikh community to adopt Nanakshahi 2003 as its legitimate calendar, forgoing any changes made last year by the Akal Takht.


Khoj Offers Scholarships and Stimulation

Panthic, Community | May 20, 2011

Khoj, a Northern California-based forum for Sikh youth, is offering three scholarships, $1,000 each, to students pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree at an American university.


$4 Million Dollar Man

A lawsuit brought by the state and Bhajan religious leaders challenges salaries at food company Golden Temple

Panthic, Community | May 13, 2011

Top executives at the Golden Temple food company in Oregon, controlled by followers of Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, drew excessive compensation in recent years — the CEO topped $4 million last year — while the company slashed its donations to its religious and educational nonprofit groups, according to records disclosed in an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s business leaders by state officials and the religious leaders.


The Secluded Gurdwara in China

Panthic, Community | May 06, 2011

Reporting from Shanghai - In an affluent neighborhood on the outskirts of Shanghai, a Sikh family has set up a gurdwara on the top floor of their luxurious house.


Implications of Kirpan Ban in Rochester Gurdwara’s Lawsuit

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | April 08, 2011

What began last year as a commonplace lawsuit about control of the Gurdwara of Rochester, New York, has turned into a case with possible implications about the ability of Sikhs to freely carry Kirpans in the United States.


Akal Takhat Smacks Rochester Gurdwara Trustees on Kirpan Ban

Panthic, Community, People | April 04, 2011

The Akal Takhat, in a stinging letter issued last month, severely reprimanded the trustees of the Gurdwara of Rochester, New York, for using a lawsuit to ban Kirpans from its premises, and added that a place of worship that limits the Kakars in any way cannot not be called a Sikh gurdwara.


California State Senator to Don Turban in Solidarity With Sikhs

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | March 15, 2011

A top California state senator expressed his solidarity with the Sikh community Sunday by proposing that he will wear a turban for a day.


Austin Gurdwara Asks Texas Supreme Court to Stop Its Destruction

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | March 02, 2011

Religious intolerance was allegedly the motivation behind a Texas couple’s court battle to stop the construction of a gurdwaaraa in their neighborhood, which ultimately resulted in an appellate court ordering the total destruction of the completed building, according to a United Sikhs’ filing in the Texas Supreme Court.


Seva of Motion

Panthic, Community, People | February 25, 2011

An American surgical team led by Sikh doctors restored the quality of life of 47 poor patients in Punjab who previously could not walk because of knee or hip problems.


Most American Gurdwaras Will Not Follow New Nanakshahi Calendar

Politics, Panthic, Community | February 18, 2011

American gurdwaras representatives formally declared that they will not institute changes made last year to the Nanakshahi calendar by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Akaal Takht, and instead continue with the original 2003 version.


Lobbying Continues Against Changes to Nanakshahi Calendar

Losing Our Identity

Politics, Panthic, Community | February 16, 2011

Reporting from WASHINGTON - A representative from the California gurdwaras, and Pal Singh Purewal, architect of the Nanakshahi calendar, are in Punjab lobbying against the changes made to the Sikh calendar last year, ahead of its next release on Chet 1 (March 14).


National Geographic Channel Stops at Apology

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | February 03, 2011

SALDEF told the National Geographic Channel last week that clipping a scene from its broadcast program episode, ‘Inside Al Qaeda,’ which juxtaposed Sikhs with terrorists, isn’t enough to alleviate the damage done to the Sikh community.


National Gurdwara Withdraws Lawsuit

Politics, Panthic, Community | January 31, 2011

Reporting from Washington - In light of a damaging video and pressure from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the National Gurdwara unconditionally withdrew its lawsuit on Friday against a Virginia couple.


Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | January 28, 2011

Civil rights groups this week urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reconsider her position in court of not accommodating a Sikh man who wanted to work as a prison guard with a beard, noting that the U.S. Army now has three Sikh soldiers that have successfully worn gas masks over their religiously-mandated unshorn beards.