The National Archives, Phil Miller

Thatcher colluded with Gandhi on Operation Blue Star

The February File

Politics, Historic | January 13, 2014

​A top-secret letter released by the British government, dated February 1984, shows that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent a special-forces military officer to India to help Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi plan Operation Blue Star, the invasion and attack on Harmandar Sahib in June 1984.

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Sikhs for Justice, a New York-based advocacy group, initiates a letter writing campaign in an appeal to the UN to help secure the release of Sikh political prisoners illegally detained by India beyond their sentences.

US Sikh groups demand India release illegally detained political prisoners

and end Gurbaksh Singh’s hunger strike

Politics | December 21, 2013

US Sikh advocacy groups are outraged at India’s defiance in ending Gurbaksh Singh’s 37-day-old hunger strike over the government’s continued illegal detention of Sikh political prisoners who have served out their sentences.

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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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President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meet for their second White House summit. Obama calls for protection of minorities in Afghanistan. Singh said Pakistan was the "epicenter" of terrorism.

Pakistan tops global priority in US-India summit

Politics | September 28, 2013

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Friday for their second White House summit since the November 2009 State Dinner, and for the first time since the Delhi summit in November 2010, when Obama cancelled his visit to Harimandir Sahib in Amritsar.

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Hardeep Singh was asked to remove his "hat" or leave the courtroom. He left.

Michigan court accommodates turban

Politics, People | September 13, 2013

When Hardeep Singh of Battle Creek, Michigan, sat down in a Kalamazoo County courtroom, the judge ordered him to remove his "hat."

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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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Oak Creek, Wisconsin, gurdwara entrance.

A Year After Oak Creek

A Sikh American Tragedy

Politics | August 10, 2013

Reporting from Oak Creek, Wisconsin In the annals of Sikh history, which are filled with accounts of massacres and attempted genocides, the Oak Creek shooting pales in comparison. But, perhaps, it cannot be compared.

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Vigil in Washington, following the August 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin, gurdwara shooting.

FBI Approves Tracking Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Justice Department Gives Grant for Oak Creek Recovery Services

Politics | August 02, 2013

“In the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, individuals and communities of faith across the country were badly shaken,” Attorney General Eric Holder said today in a news release. “The attack in Oak Creek was particularly jarring not only because of its scale, and the number of victims involved, but also because it occurred in a place of worship, of fellowship, and – above all – of peace.”

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Sikhs Affected by Supreme Court Strike Down of Voter Rights Act

Politics | July 02, 2013

Sikhs should join in support of all minorities in asking Congress to rewrite the parts of the Voter Rights Act that were struck down by the US Supreme Court last week to again protect their voting rights at the polls, a Sikh advocacy group said.

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FBI To Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs in 2015

Politics | June 17, 2013

The FBI’s advisory policy decided this month to begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, but it will be 2015 before law enforcement officers begin to report bias incidents.

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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.

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US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

Politics | June 10, 2013

Reporting from Washington - The Afghan insurgents had taken advantage of a recent dust storm to bury improvised explosive devices (IEDs) all around us. Our medics radioed in that they were bringing in a Marine from a blast just outside our main gate.

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India Denies Interfering in US Sikh Caucus, Contradicts Indian Press

Politics, Investigative | June 06, 2013

Reporting from Washington - The Indian ambassador denied that her government warned US authorities about the newly formed Sikh caucus, contradicting reports in the Indian media that Indian officials pressured US Congress members not to join the alliance.

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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.

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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.

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Oak Creek Officers Among Top Cops

Politics | May 13, 2013

Lieutenant Brian Murphy and the seven other police officers who responded to the Oak Creek shooting last year, were among more than 40 officers from around the country that were honored by President Obama on Saturday as winners of the National Association of Police Organizations' Top Cops award.

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No Hate Crime Charge Yet in Beating of Fresno Sikh

Politics | May 09, 2013

A homeless man yesterday plead not guilty to serious felony charges of attempted murder and elder abuse with a dangerous weapon for severely beating an elderly Sikh in Fresno, California, but has not yet been charged with a hate crime.

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Sikh American Groups Ask US and UN to stop India From Executing Bhullar

Amnesty International Also Raises Concerns

Politics | May 07, 2013

Sikh advocacy groups are lobbying the US government and the United Nations to stop India from executing Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, whose conviction was based on a single coerced confession.

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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.

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American Sikh Congressional Caucus

Politics | April 26, 2013

Reporting from Capitol Hill - The American Sikh Congressional Caucus launched Wednesday with 28 founding members from the US House of Representatives who will be a voice for Sikhs and will address Sikh issues in this country.

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Sikh, Other Faith Groups Urge Stronger Gun-Control Legislation

Politics | April 16, 2013

Reporting from Washington – A gun cannot be equated to be a modern-day Kirpan, and must be controlled by stronger laws to prevent mass shootings, a Sikh group said.

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US Condemns 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms, Stops Short of Declaring Genocide

Politics | April 04, 2013

Reporting from Washington - The U.S. last week stated it condemns the religious-based violence of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, but stopped short of calling it genocide.

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House Democrats Ask FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Politics | March 22, 2013

More than 100 House Democrats sent a letter yesterday to the FBI’s advisory policy board asking it to begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arabs.

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The Sikh Caucus

Politics | March 21, 2013

The Sikh Caucus is expected to launch in April, a delay from the original date set for March 14, to garner more support from Congress members and to resolve issues on the role of SAALT, a South Asian organization.

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Senate Democrats Ask FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Politics | February 25, 2013

Twenty-six Senate Democrats sent a signed letter last week asking Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller to collect data on hate crimes against Sikhs.

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