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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Panthic | October 13, 2013
A Hollywood bar has confirmed, with photographs, that it has removed portraits of the Sikh Gurus from its walls.
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.
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.
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.”