‘Because leaders are made, not born’
Over the past two years, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) has enabled vital training in advocacy, self-empowerment, and community change to over thirty Sikh American youth through SikhLEAD’s Leadership Development Program. Now, with two classes already pioneering their own...
Sikhi, Literature and Film Conference at Hofstra University
This weekend, from Friday to Sunday October 19-21st, the Sikh Studies department at Hofstra University will host’Sikhi(sm), Literature and Film,’ a conference on literary and visual cultures in the Sikh tradition, both in Panjab and the Diaspora. Paper presentations will be given during...
As a community we mourn, but together we will lead
During this past week following the tragic events in Wisconsin, our community has changed substantially. We have grown as a people and identified even more with Sikhi, standing up in a time of crisis, and responding in a positive and effective way, battling apathy with activism and suffering with solidarity. SALDEFsSikhLEADLeadership...
Poetry Speaks to the Punjabi in [me]
I came across this poem today, and definitely wanted to share with all you Langarites. Preeti Kaur, the author from California, is able to speak to numerous aspects of self-identifying as a Punjabi. We’ve had some discussions around Punjabi and Sikh identity here before, thought it would be refreshing...
A Peak into Leadership Development
The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) has announced the application for the 2012SikhLEAD Internship Program.The objective of SikhLEAD is to inspire, train, and support motivated and enterprising young Sikh American leaders as they prepare for a lifetime of community engagement...
March 14th, Sikh Vatavaran Diwas (Environment Day) 2012
Sikhs around the world will come together again to celebrate the Gurdgaddi of Guru Har Rai Ji again SikhVatavaran Diwas (environment day) for a second year in a row. On this day, Gurdwaras worldwide will focus kirtan and katha on the concept of kudrat, and participate in a number of hands on activities...
Inshallah Kashmir, film on Indian Military Abuses Previews Online on Republic Day
Oscar nominated director, Ashvin Kumar today offers a free preview of his film on the twenty year military presence in Kashmir, Inshallah, Kashmir: Living Terror, a film that documents the treatment of the Kashmiri people at the hands of half a million Indian military troops. The film reveals through...
Attention Sikh Art and Film Enthusiasts!!
Its that time of year again! For those Southern California natives, you (hopefully) know it rolls around once every year. This year, SikhLens is proud to announce its annual Sikh Arts and Film Festival to be held November 18th 20th, 2011 at the prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman...
Speed Meeting Sikhs
Co-blogged by Sundari and Ajaib Kaur How many young Sikh women do you know who are looking to meet their Sardar? And how many young Sikh men do you know who are looking to meet their Sardarni? Lots? We hear you. But how can we make these two groups meet? We decided to write a post on this topic for...
Artmosphere, A New Generation of Fine Art in Panjab
Beginning on October 15th, a three-day exhibition was held in Ludhiana to profile a generation of rising young artists in Punjab. The mission according to gallery is to further enrich and diversify cultural life in the Punjab region by facilitating the development of emerging artists. The newly constructed...
Sikhs Rally for Bhullar at UN Headquarters on Monday
This Monday, Sikhs for Justice is organizing a rally at the United Nations Headquarters to call for UN intervention stop Indias planned execution of Professor Devenderpal Singh Bhullar. Professor Bhullars brother, Tejinder Singh Bhullar will be addressing the rally.In their appeal to Secretary General...
Unlocking Sikh Creativity (in a Rainforest!)
Kudarat 2011 atOlympic National Parkon July 21- 24 “Inspiration from Within: Unlocking Sikh Creativity” In my experience at conferences/retreats, or at youth camps there is a huge emphasis on sangat. What is it? Who are they? Or, how as an individual, we can make impact. In these discussions,...
Musings on Sikh Education
A Pakistani friend of mine from Lahore passed on a video about a 70 year old man named Mushtaq Ahmed from a Punjabi village near Gujranwala, who just complete his MPhil and will be starting his PhD soon in Education. With five daughters and three sons, Mushtaq Ahmed completes all his necessary farm work,...
Remembering 84: Our Rhyme and Reason
Today we remember twenty seven years since June 1984. We remember twenty seven years since Indira Gandhi sent the Indian Army tanks and artillery to the Darbar Sahib Complex and forty one Gurdwaras across Punjab on the shaheedpurab of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. We remember twenty seven years since bodies lined...
As the World Celebrates Earth Day, Punjab to Implement Plastic Bag Ban
As the world celebrates the 41st Earth Day on April 22nd, to raise awareness about the state of the global environment (now recognized worldwide as International Mother Earth Day) the Punjab government this week announced that it would issue strong penalties on the use of polythene bags less than 30...
Sikh Vatavaran Diwas Di Vadhaiyan
If you haven’t heard yet, March 14th, the First of the month of Chet in the Nanakshahi Calendar is being commemorated by Sikhs across six continents as Sikh Vatavaran Diwas, or Sikh Environment Day. Following an official statement from the Akal Takht, this week over 250 Gurdwaras, schools, and...
International Women’s Day: Advancing Nanak’s Vision for Gender Equality
Today, March 8th, is the 100th annual International Women’s Day! This yearstheme isEqual access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland,...
SikhLEAD: An Initiative to Increase Community Engagement and Leadership
The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) has announced the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) as part oftheir new initiative called SikhLEAD. The objective of SikhLEAD is to inspire, train, and support motivated and enterprising young Sikh American leaders as they prepare for a...
Increasing Punjabs Forest Cover, One Tree at a Time
I just came across a great article on the work of Baba Sewa Singh of Khadoor Sahib, Amritsar District, and his remarkable campaign to plant trees across rural Punjab. Well worth a read. According to [Baba Sewa Singh], they will adopt another 100 villages this year in Bathinda, Jalandhar, Patiala, Amritsar,...
Call Out to ALL Gurudwaras: Celebrate March 14th as Sikh Environment Day
Since the Green Revolution was introduced in the mid-1960s, the Sikh spiritual homeland of Punjab has been faced with mounting soil erosion, water table decline, widespread chemical contamination, and continued loss of biodiversity in agriculture and forests. The Cold War era anti-revolutionary plan...