Immigration Matters
Immigration is a popular topic on The Langar Hall. Many of us being immigrants ourselves, if not the children of immigrants, the topic often hits home. Still anytime the topic of ‘illegal immigration’ takes place (at least here in the United States), many Sikhs believe that it is the problem...
A 2011 Sikholarly Success
My apologies for a post that is far overdue. So Sikholars 2011 came and went. This year was an even greater success than last year with attendance of over 110+ and a growing number of presenters. This year’s Sikholars 2011 class – Kamal Arora, Amneet Singh Bali, Sonia Dhami, Amandeep...
Dreaming of Tahrir in the Land of Five Rivers
I will write more later. There are reasons to be excited; there are reasons to be cautious. Today I am inspired.
Sikholars 2011 Agenda Announced
Visit the Sikholars website and choose to register for the entire weekend or just for the conference. There are a number of exciting presentations by leading scholars in the community. Mark down your calendars from February 25-27, 2011 as Sikh professionals, academics, and activists come together in...
Remembering Capt. Kanwar Harbhajan Singh
Rare are those sevadars that give their entire life to the Qaum. They are our jewels. Earlier this week, we lost one. Captain Kanwar Harbhajan Singh, popularly known as Papa Ji, was the tour de force behind the International Institute of Gurmat Studies (IIGS). His family, friends, and network taught...
All Marriages Are Made In Heaven
So it is my mother use to tell me. This particular marriage, however, seems to have been made at Darbar Sahib (as close to heaven, as I’ll ever get!). UK’s tabloid press has reported on the wedding of Harvinder Kaur Khalsa (formerly Alexandra Aitken, daughter of disgraced Torty politician...
Sidak 2011 Dates Announced
While many have heard about SikhRI’s Sidak program, too few have enriched their lives through this unique opportunity to explore and engage with Sikhi. Make this the year you attend – head over to San Antonio from Jun 25 – Jul 9, 2011. Here is a video promo from last year – mind...
Sikholars 2011 Presenters and Abstracts Announced
Book your flight, complete your registration, and plan on attending Sikholars 2011 now. This wonderful event will be held at CSU East Bay (Hayward, CA) from February 25-27, 2011. Having attended last year, I can say that this is one of the few forums in the community to engage in critical thought,...
Why [Punjabi] Mothers Are Superior?
There was an interesting whimsical read in the Wall Street Journal by a Yale Law Professor, titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” The article states that the ethnicity has some possible substitutions, so I indulged, as its main opposition is suppose to be something called “Western.” Here...
SIKHOLARS 2011 – Submission Deadline Extended
After the massively successful Sikholars 2010 conference in February of this year, graduate students will be congregating again next February for Sikholars 2011. After speaking to organizers, I have been informed that the deadline for proposal submissions (due to massive requests as many students were...
Whose Responsibility Is It?
Did you know the names? When our elders don’t know, who will teach the kids?
Letter to Community from Seva Food Bank
I received an email from a friend and wanted to share it with the rest of the Langar-ites.Congratulationsto the whole team of Seva Food Bank from all of us at the Langar Hall. Monumental events usually flash by at such a speed that those involved rarely have a chance to appreciate what has just taken...
India’s Got Stupidity
And some brave Sikhs that won’t buckle for the whims of one self-righteous judge. Bolay So Nihal! Sat Sri Akal!
Amritdharis Banned from Gurdwara in Rochester
Throughout the weekend, numerousreports have been circulating throughout the Punjabi language press of a ban being enforced by the management committee of a Gurdwara in Rochester, NY. We have received a large number of emails with regards to the matter (Pagh Salute: Balmeet Singh). Various press reports...
The Base Disgrace that is Jake Knotts – Jon Stewart and Ragheads
The issue was discussed last week, with many of our readers unable to differentiate the difference between private conversation and public discourse. On Sepiamutiny, my brother Ennis Singh Mutinywale also had some great analysis, here, here, here, and here. On a sidenote, a pagh salute to our brothers...
1984: Between Bhopal and Delhi
The year 1984 saw unimaginable calamities in India. This is the story of the two most well-known. One was caused by a callous corporation and a complicit government. When thousands of people were exposed to horrendous toxins and poisonous gases in Bhopal, Union Carbide first denied it completely, only...
Raghead, really? Enough is Enough. Time to Mobilize
I don’t believe I agree with much of anything when it comes to Nikki Haley’s politics. Nimrata Randhawa (her name before marriage) is currently a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the South Carolina. Again, I don’t care for her political positions, endorsements, that she converted...
Professor Babbu Mann on Lala Rajpat Rai
Gone are the days of great public intellectuals in the Punjabi tradition. Whither is our Sirdar Kapur Singh to give intellectual insights, analysis, and voice to the problems of Punjab? In contemporary Punjab, when crooks rule the halls of power in Chandigarh or even the SGPC offices in Amritsar have...
Sikhs’ Reactions to the Israeli Government Terrorism
The story splashed all over the newspapers. An event that had been purposefully ignored by the US news could no longer be avoided when a number of humanitarian activists were killed (still no official number or names of those murdered??) by Israeli forces on Monday. Activists from all over the world...
A Mourn for Punjab
The writing has long been on the wall, but the day seems to be drawing closer. Writers and political analysts see the coronation of Kaka Badal (Sukhbir) as soon approaching. It was only last year that Kaka Badal had a position created just for him Deputy Chief Minister. Insiders in the present government...
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