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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.