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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Politics, Panthic, Community, People | January 16, 2012
Satyendra Singh Huja is the new mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia.
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.
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.