Hemkund Sahib Route Devastated by Floods

Some Casualties, Many Stranded

Panthic | July 08, 2013

About 10,000 lives have been lost since mid June from torrential rains and flash flooding of areas near Hemkund Sahib, including Gobind Ghat, where vehicles park and travelers continue up to the gurdwara by a footpath, a New York-based Sikh humanitarian group said. The upper snow-covered Himalayan territories are very remote and difficult to access. Several religious sites are situated in that region, including Gurdwara Hemkund Sahib, the only Sikh site, which open to the public during the summer months when the weather is more temperate.


Sikhs Affected by Supreme Court Strike Down of Voter Rights Act

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.


FBI To Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs in 2015

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.


Kirpan Ban Lifted at Rochester Gurdwara

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.


US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

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.


India Denies Interfering in US Sikh Caucus, Contradicts Indian Press

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.


1984 Pogroms Case Still Pending in US Court

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.


Justice Department Intervenes in Sikh Bullying Case

Education | May 29, 2013

The Department of Justice intervened for the first time in a bullying complaint from a Sikh youth, and reached a settlement with the school district in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, that would protect the middle school student for the next two years.


Rochester Gurdwara Trustees to Lift Ban on Kirpan

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.


DC Gurdwara Re-Opens

Also serves as international headquarters for Pingalwara

Panthic | May 16, 2013

Shut down for nearly two years, the National Gurdwara will re-open its doors as the only gurdwara in the nation’s capital, and the The National Library and Museum of Pingalwara.


Oak Creek Officers Among Top Cops

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.


"Sadda Haq" Opens Everywhere

Panthic | May 10, 2013

The film portrays the state and federal government’s campaign to crush the militancy at all cost, and the impunity with which the Punjab Police and government officials carried out the campaign.


No Hate Crime Charge Yet in Beating of Fresno Sikh

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.


Sikh American Groups Ask US and UN to stop India From Executing Bhullar

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.


Backstory: Sikh Caucus

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.


Lego Turban

Panthic, Education | April 29, 2013

The Lego toy company has a turban that fits on top of its mini-figures. Only one store sells it in the United States. And when they are sold out, they are gone.


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.


Sikh, Other Faith Groups Urge Stronger Gun-Control Legislation

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.


US Condemns 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms, Stops Short of Declaring Genocide

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.


House Democrats Ask FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

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.


The Sikh Caucus

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.


Akal Takhat Committee Condemns Rochester Gurdwara's Kirpan Ban

Panj Jathedars’ Decision Expected This Month

Panthic | March 16, 2013

A seven-member committee appointed by the Akal Takhat recommended last month that the five jathedars discipline the trustees of the Gurdwara of Rochester for petitioning a New York court to impose a ban on Kirpans.


New Description of Truck That Followed and Shot Florida Sikh

Gurdwara Sets up the Kanwaljit Singh Fund

Panthic | March 07, 2013

The vehicle involved in the shooting of Kanwaljit Singh of Port Orange, Florida, is a Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma-style truck, which differs from the initial description of the larger Ford truck that was circulated earlier, police said today.


Florida Sikh Shot in Possible Hate Crime

Panthic | March 01, 2013

A Sikh man was shot twice by an unknown assailant in a Ford F-150 pickup truck as both crossed the Port Orange Bridge in Florida late Saturday night in what the FBI is considering as a possible hate crime.


Senate Democrats Ask FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

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.