Sikhs at the 57th Presidential Inauguration

Politics | January 21, 2013

Reporting from Washington - Sikhs were among the more than 800,000 people who attended President Obama’s inauguration swearing-in ceremony this morning on Capitol Hill.

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Guru Nanak Praised at White House Celebration

Politics, Minority Report | December 11, 2012

Reporting from Washington – Sikh organizations and representatives from the Department of Justice praised Guru Nanak’s teachings of equality and freedom in their oratories on the state of Sikh affairs and the Obama administration’s civil rights accomplishments at the White House gurpurab celebration.

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FBI May Not Begin Tracking Hate Crimes Against Sikhs Until 2015

Politics, Minority Report | December 05, 2012

Reporting from Washington - The FBI has begun the process of considering changing its hate crime reporting system to track attacks against Sikhs, but actual reporting may not begin until 2015.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Revised Sikh Cultural Training for Law Enforcement

Politics, Education, Minority Report | September 23, 2012

Law enforcement will use a revised cultural-sensitivity training packet on Sikhs with modifications mostly to its print materials, an advocacy group said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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President Obama's Call with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | August 09, 2012

President Obama spoke with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday morning to "express condolences for victims of the senseless attack at the gurdwara in Wisconsin, which took the lives of Indian nationals as well as Americans, and to convey the solidarity of the American people."

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President Orders Flag at Half-Staff

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | August 06, 2012

President Obama signed a proclamation today to fly the flag at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Oak Creek gurdwara tragedy.

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Statement by President Obama on the Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | August 05, 2012

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin.

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Presidential Campaigns Address Sikh American Issues

Politics, Minority Report | August 02, 2012

Reporting from Washington - Representatives of the presidential campaigns last month addressed Sikh, Asian and Pacific Islander American issues at a town hall in Washington.

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Film Spotlights Children of Farmers Who Commit Suicide

Every Farmer Counts, Every Child Dreams

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | June 18, 2012

Reporting from Rockville, Maryland - She sings softly, beautifully, a song about the bond between a mother and a daughter, a bond she will never know. Jasvir Kaur’s mother committed suicide when she was seven. And her father is among the more than a quarter-million Indian farmers who have been driven to suicide since 1995.

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Pat-down Complaints? There’s an App For That

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | May 04, 2012

A Sikh advocacy group this week launched FlyRights, a new smart-phone application that enables travelers to file complaints regarding airport security searches, which the Transportation and Security Agency will consider as official passenger complaints.

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Previous Leno Jabs Not Found

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | January 31, 2012

A thorough search of Jay Leno’s monologues show that claims by two California Sikhs that the comedian insulted the community with his monologues in 2007, in which he allegedly called Sikhs ‘diaper heads,’ and in 2010, in which he allegedly embellished about the president’s cancellation of the Darbar Sahib trip because he had to wear a turban, were inaccurate.

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Sikh Joke, Over Reaction Or Political Play

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | January 30, 2012

A libel lawsuit filed last week by a California Sikh against comedian Jay Leno is being called an over-reaction by some Sikhs, but Sikhs on both sides of the controversy agree the incident is being exploited by Indian politicians during this election season.

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Charlottesville Elects Sikh Mayor

Politics, Panthic, Community, People | January 16, 2012

Satyendra Singh Huja is the new mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Six-Figure Settlement But California Prisons Keeps No-Beards Policy

Politics, Minority Report | December 02, 2011

Trilochan Singh Oberoi, a retired Indian naval officer who is now an American citizen, was working at Walmart before the California state prisons system offered him a settlement he could not refuse: A $61,000-a-year job and $295,000 in damages.

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President's Wishes on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Politics, Panthic, Community | November 10, 2011

I send my best wishes to all those observing the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru.

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