Appeal to Adopt Nanakshahi 2003

Politics, Panthic, Community | May 23, 2011

A coalition of American gurdwaras is appealing to the global Sikh community to adopt Nanakshahi 2003 as its legitimate calendar, forgoing any changes made last year by the Akal Takht.


Khoj Offers Scholarships and Stimulation

Panthic, Community | May 20, 2011

Khoj, a Northern California-based forum for Sikh youth, is offering three scholarships, $1,000 each, to students pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree at an American university.


$4 Million Dollar Man

A lawsuit brought by the state and Bhajan religious leaders challenges salaries at food company Golden Temple

Panthic, Community | May 13, 2011

Top executives at the Golden Temple food company in Oregon, controlled by followers of Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, drew excessive compensation in recent years — the CEO topped $4 million last year — while the company slashed its donations to its religious and educational nonprofit groups, according to records disclosed in an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s business leaders by state officials and the religious leaders.


CNN and Financial Times Remove Sikh Images

FT Apologizes, CNN Repeat Offender

Minority Report | May 11, 2011

CNN and Financial Times, two international news outlets, on Friday removed images of Sikhs used in their online news reports of Osama bin Laden, on their home pages.


The Secluded Gurdwara in China

Panthic, Community | May 06, 2011

Reporting from Shanghai - In an affluent neighborhood on the outskirts of Shanghai, a Sikh family has set up a gurdwara on the top floor of their luxurious house.


How He Went Down

Politics | May 03, 2011

The following statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, at 6 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room, describes the assault on Osama bin Laden and his burial. The narrative was provided by the Department of Defense.


Maryland Kirpan Arrest Raises Questions of Profiling

Minority Report | April 14, 2011

Harpreet Singh Khalsa, a newly converted Sikh, stopped at a Maryland 7-Eleven convenience late one night in January when a police officer noticed him.


Implications of Kirpan Ban in Rochester Gurdwara’s Lawsuit

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | April 08, 2011

What began last year as a commonplace lawsuit about control of the Gurdwara of Rochester, New York, has turned into a case with possible implications about the ability of Sikhs to freely carry Kirpans in the United States.


Man Withdraws Guilty Plea in Cab Driver Beating

Minority Report | April 06, 2011

In a surprising twist to a hate crime case, a California man who previously pleaded guilty of assaulting taxi driver Harbhajan Singh, told the court Friday that he plans to change his plea.


Akal Takhat Smacks Rochester Gurdwara Trustees on Kirpan Ban

Panthic, Community, People | April 04, 2011

The Akal Takhat, in a stinging letter issued last month, severely reprimanded the trustees of the Gurdwara of Rochester, New York, for using a lawsuit to ban Kirpans from its premises, and added that a place of worship that limits the Kakars in any way cannot not be called a Sikh gurdwara.


Sikhs at White House Conference on Bullying

Minority Report | March 20, 2011

A Sikh student, a Sikh entrepreneur and a Sikh activist were among the 150 guests at the White House conference on bullying prevention this month.


California State Senator to Don Turban in Solidarity With Sikhs

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | March 15, 2011

A top California state senator expressed his solidarity with the Sikh community Sunday by proposing that he will wear a turban for a day.


Hundreds Attend Prayer Vigil for Shooting Victims

Minority Report | March 13, 2011

Locals show support for Sikh community as investigation continues into the March 4 shooting in California of Surinder Singh and Gurmej Singh Atwal.


Meet the Families Affected by Last Week's Shooting in Elk Grove

Minority Report | March 11, 2011

Kamaljit Atwal, whose father barely survived the shooting, hopes media coverage of the case will prompt a witness to come forward with information—and claim a reward that now stands at more than $42,000.


U.S. Senator to Support Sikh Councilman at Fundraiser

Politics | March 10, 2011

Senator Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, will be the special guest Saturday at the first annual Sikh community fundraiser for Hoboken, New Jersey, Councilman Ravinder Singh Bhalla.


Guilty Pleas, One With Hate Crime, in Sikh Taxi Driver Assault

Minority Report, People | March 09, 2011

Pedro Antonio Ramirez and Johnny Morales pleaded guilty Monday to the November assault on Harbhajan Singh, a taxi driver, with Ramirez admitting to the attack as a hate crime.


Police Look for Truck in Shooting of Two Sikhs

Possible Hate Crime

Minority Report | March 07, 2011

The Sacramento, California, community today announced a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of person(s) connected with the shooting of two elderly Sikh men last Friday.


Austin Gurdwara Asks Texas Supreme Court to Stop Its Destruction

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report | March 02, 2011

Religious intolerance was allegedly the motivation behind a Texas couple’s court battle to stop the construction of a gurdwaaraa in their neighborhood, which ultimately resulted in an appellate court ordering the total destruction of the completed building, according to a United Sikhs’ filing in the Texas Supreme Court.


Seva of Motion

Panthic, Community, People | February 25, 2011

An American surgical team led by Sikh doctors restored the quality of life of 47 poor patients in Punjab who previously could not walk because of knee or hip problems.


Most American Gurdwaras Will Not Follow New Nanakshahi Calendar

Politics, Panthic, Community | February 18, 2011

American gurdwaras representatives formally declared that they will not institute changes made last year to the Nanakshahi calendar by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Akaal Takht, and instead continue with the original 2003 version.


Lobbying Continues Against Changes to Nanakshahi Calendar

Losing Our Identity

Politics, Panthic, Community | February 16, 2011

Reporting from WASHINGTON - A representative from the California gurdwaras, and Pal Singh Purewal, architect of the Nanakshahi calendar, are in Punjab lobbying against the changes made to the Sikh calendar last year, ahead of its next release on Chet 1 (March 14).


National Geographic Channel Stops at Apology

Panthic, Community, Minority Report | February 03, 2011

SALDEF told the National Geographic Channel last week that clipping a scene from its broadcast program episode, ‘Inside Al Qaeda,’ which juxtaposed Sikhs with terrorists, isn’t enough to alleviate the damage done to the Sikh community.


National Gurdwara Withdraws Lawsuit

Politics, Panthic, Community | January 31, 2011

Reporting from Washington - In light of a damaging video and pressure from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the National Gurdwara unconditionally withdrew its lawsuit on Friday against a Virginia couple.


Civil Rights Groups Ask California to Allow Prison Guards With Beards

Politics, Panthic, Community, Minority Report, People | January 28, 2011

Civil rights groups this week urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reconsider her position in court of not accommodating a Sikh man who wanted to work as a prison guard with a beard, noting that the U.S. Army now has three Sikh soldiers that have successfully worn gas masks over their religiously-mandated unshorn beards.


President Obama's Statement on India Republic Day

Politics | January 26, 2011

On behalf of the American people, I send my best wishes to the people of India and to those here in the United States and around the world who are celebrating India Republic Day.