Sikh Youth protest in Washington against India's human rights violation of detaining political prisoners past their sentence terms. The issue was brought to light by Gurbaksh Singh who was on a hunger strike to raise awareness. When he passed away, Surat Singh continued with the hunger strike. He is respectfully known as "Bapu," meaning "father."

Sikh Youth Raise Awareness of India’s Violation of Prisoners' Rights

Punjab Police again forcibly force-feeds Surat Singh

Politics | July 26, 2015

A Sikh girl and her friends helped raise awareness in Washington of India’s civil rights violation of indefinitely detaining prisoners past their sentence terms.

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Left: Sikhs standing outside the California State Assembly hall in Sacramento, on April 16. Legislators passed a resolution recognizing the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms and India’s role in orchestrating the massacre. Right: Panelists at the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, on Sept. 30, 2014, brought attention to India’s 30 years of impunity and also called for its accountability. From left to right: Sukhman Singh Dhami, Ensaaf; Manoj Mitta, author; Manmeet Singh and Har

California and the US recognize 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms

Politics | April 29, 2015

The California State Assembly, this month, and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, last September, recognized the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, the role of the Indian government and law enforcement officials in orchestrating the massacre, and the need for their accountability.

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Yogi Bhajan pictured as his true self, a yogi. He claimed the Akal Takhat jathedar gave him the title “Siri Singh Sahib.” The jathedar publicly denounced his claim, and later threatened to excommunicate him.

American yogis distort Sikh scripture

Part I: Bhajan’s yogic theories form framework of English translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Panthic, Investigative, Historic | April 14, 2015

The Gurus considered any alteration of Gurbani, explicit or implicit, as a sacrilegious act, and so do their Sikhs. But for more than two decades, Sikhs have accepted and promoted an English version of their scripture, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, that contains not one, but countless, distortions – both single words and phrases – based on the Hindu yogic philosophy taught by the late Yogi Harbhajan Singh Puri Khalsa, a man who came close to being excommunicated for his sacreligious teachings by Akaal Takhat Jathedar Sadhu Singh Bhaura, in 1979. The distorted translation is authored by one of the yogi’s long-time disciples, Sant Singh Khalsa.

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The backdrop to the eyewitness's account is archival video footage from the first week of June 1984. One of the clips shows a rare interview with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale just after the first strike by the Indian army. Other clips show conditions inside the complex.

An eyewitness to Blue Star

Politics, Historic | June 16, 2014

On the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, an eyewitness has emerged to tell his vivid account of the first six days of June 1984 when the Indian army closed off the Darbar Sahib and massacred about 8,000 innocent pilgrims inside the complex.

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Sikh Americans, Manmeet Singh and Harpreet Kaur, campaigned for Harvinder Singh Phoolka in Ludhiana.

Sikh Americans campaigned for Aam Aadmi Party

Aam Aadmi wins in Punjab

Politics | June 09, 2014

In the largest democratic election in history, some Sikh Americans campaigned in Punjab for Harvinder Singh Phoolka, a stalwart advocate for the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom victims.

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According to the secret “Ghadr Directory” published by the British Indian government in 1917, and in 1934, the Gadar Party had 616 members: 527 were Sikhs, 54 were Hindus and 35 were Muslims.

Smithsonian alters Gadar history

ਜਉ ਤਉ ਪੇ੍ਮ ਖੇਲਣ ਕਾ ਚਾਉ, ਸਿਰ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ ਗਲੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਅਾਉ

Politics, Historic | May 16, 2014

Reporting from Washington – One hundred years ago, when shiploads of immigrants were landing on the West Coast of the United States, thousands of Sikhs were suddenly leaving their livelihoods in America and sailing back to their homeland to launch an armed revolution against the British Raj.

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The American newspaper, Bellingham, Washington, Sept. 5, 1907: "This is the type of man driven from this city as the result of last night's demonstration by a mob of 500 men and boys."

Smithsonian distorts Sikh American history

in Indian American exhibition

Politics, Historic | April 08, 2014

Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has distorted Sikh history in the United States in its new Indian American exhibition.

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The Smithsonian will not remove this offensive image of two men without Kesh tying a turban, representing Sikhism.

Smithsonian mischaracterizes Sikh identity

in Indian American exhibition

Politics, Historic | March 18, 2014

Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has willfully mischaracterized the Sikh identity in its new exhibition on Indian Americans.

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Left: US Army Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, Right: A US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) soldier, in Afghanistan.

American Sikh soldiers need beard exemptions, US special forces do not

The A-Team has beards?

Politics | February 21, 2014

Reporting from Washington - The U. S. military allows its special forces to grow full beards while serving under the most extreme battle conditions, but requires Sikh soldiers to apply for religious accommodations for their beards, even with revisions made last month to its exemptions policy for religious practices.

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Charlottesville Sikh mayor, Satyendra Singh Huja, welcomed French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama to Virginia as they embarked on a tour of Thomas Jefferson's estate. France has banned turbans from government-related services, including schools and official photographs. The United Nations has declared France's policy a violation of religious freedom.

Sikh mayor welcomes French president

France French mayor

Politics | February 11, 2014

In an ironic meeting yesterday, Francois Hollande, president of France, where turbans are banned from government-related services such as schools and official pictures, was welcomed to Virginia by the turbaned mayor of Charlottesville, Satyendra Singh Huja.

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The UK report shows UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher supported Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's plan to eradicate a small percentage of Sikh dissidents using a warlike operation from a historic shrine beloved by all Sikhs.

Report affirms Thatcher and Gandhi colluded on Operation Blue Star

Sikhs ask for full disclosure on 1984 and beyond

Politics, Historic | February 06, 2014

The results, released yesterday, of the UK government’s investigation into its involvement in the 1984 Operation Blue Star confirm that, at Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s request for advice, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did send to Delhi a Special Air Services military officer, who recommended a paramilitary attack at Darbar Sahib using helicopters.

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Ravneet (Ravi) Singh, founder of ElectionMall, is accused of campaign finance fraud.

Ravi Singh charged with election fraud

Politics | January 30, 2014

Ravneet Singh, founder of ElectionMall, an Internet-based campaign-services company, was arrested on Jan. 17 by FBI agents for allegedly facilitating nearly $300,000 in illegal foreign contributions to two candidates in San Diego’s 2012 mayoral race.

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Norman Kreisman, of California, was known as Baba Nam Singh Khalsa when he was living at the Guru Nanak Niwas with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, from 1982 to 1984.

The American who lived with Bhindranwale

Politics, Historic | January 17, 2014

Baba Nam Singh Khalsa was living on the top floor of Guru Nanak Niwas at the Darbar Sahib complex when Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale moved in with nearly 30 of his men.

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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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This is one of two images recently found on the Internet that shows a picture of Yogi Bhajan draped in garlands, with a large statue of Lord Shiva in the background. The second picture shows his family praying to this picture during his ash immersion and last rites ceremony led by the pujya swami of Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh.

Yogi Bhajan given Hindu last rites

Part I: Emblem of his beliefs

Panthic, Investigative | November 24, 2013

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, performed Yogi Bhajan’s last rites rituals and ash immersion in Mother Ganga. This ashram on the banks of the Ganges River is devoted to Shiva, the Hindu god of yoga.

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The Pikey Cafe and Bar in Hollywood, California, commissioned portraits of Indian maharajas.

Hollywood bar removes portraits of Gurus from Indian maharaja’s room

Panthic | October 13, 2013

A Hollywood bar has confirmed, with photographs, that it has removed portraits of the Sikh Gurus from its walls.

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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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Prabhjot Singh, a physician and a professor, was attacked by a teenage mob on bicycles Saturday evening in New York City.

Sikh assaulted by NYC teens in apparent hate crime

Panthic | September 23, 2013

Prabhjot Singh, a physician and a professor in New York City, was attacked Saturday night in an apparent hate crime by a group of teenagers shouting anti-Muslim slurs as he walked near Central Park.

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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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DC Sikhs Ask for Representation at Akal Takhat

Panthic | July 30, 2013

Reporting from Washington – The Washington sangat is seeking representation of the diaspora Panth at the Akal Takhat.

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