Why Pay a Late Fee? 24 hours left!
Why pay a late fee, when you can register now! Get off the fence; get a friend to join you; get ready to drive to Fresno this summer as Sikh youth from throughout Northern California converge to explore, engage, understand, and love our Guru – the Guru Granth Sahib: History of the Sikh Soul. Register...
UPDATED: I Wish I Was A Little Bit Taller
Although I wrote about this almost 6 months ago, I saw another link that I thought I should share. Best wishes to their continued success! (Pagh Salute: Sanaiya’s Dad!) ——————————————————————– The...
Pyrrhic Victory? Sikhs and the Texas Board of Education
Late last week I received an email from the Sikh Coalition titled “Victory in Texas!!! 4.8 Million Students to Learn About Sikhi”. The email stated the following: (May 21, 2010) Today, the Texas Board of Education voted to include information on Sikhs andSikhpractices in the state mandated...
Just a Nice Story
I saw this on the New York Times right now and just thought I would share a nice story. If you get a chance, go watch the video. Congratulations Sona and Justin!
Introducing Andrew Singh Kooner
I am assuming many in Canada probably don’t need an introduction, but as I just discovered the young boxer, I figure I could put the rest of the Langar Hall in the know. This past weekend the young Sikh fighter lost to Jose Silveira of Mexico for the NABA bantamweight title. The loss was due to...
GT Road Te Duhaaian Pave Ni Yaaran Da Truck Baliye
The famed Grand Trunk Road, stretching from Bengal to Peshawar is made up of legends. Due to the “GT Road” passing through Punjab and the number of Punjabis involved in the transport business, references to the transport network can be found in music and popular iconography. The road has...
Amnesty International Concerned for Condemned Sikhs in Dubai
Last month 17 Indian nationals were sentenced to die for killing a Pakistani man. 16 of the 17 men come from a Sikh background. The case has attracted some attention in the Indian press, but has now found place on the BBC and other sources due to Amnesty International, a premier human rights group,...
Futures in Farming?
As the stupid joke once went – Sikhs’ only culture is agriculture. While farming and agriculture has been the backbone of the political economy of Punjab, questions regarding current practices and sustainability have become more and more common. Impending water crisis, increasing cancer...
Sikhi and You – This Summer at Sidak
Few programs in the United States have become as popular as the Sidak Summer put on by Sikh Research Institute. If you have ever sought to explore Sikhi through an immersion in instruction, discussion, and study apply for the Sidak Summer Program now! The program runs for 2 weeks, from August 1-15,...
It’s A Wonderful Afterlife
Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham fame returns with a new film, titled Its A Wonderful Afterlife. The movie centers on the trials and tribulations of Rupy, a slightly overweight 20-something year old and her zealous Punjabi mother, who will stop at nothing to see her daughter happily married...
A Tale of 3 Nagar Kirtans and Other Weekend Wrap-Ups
As many of us reflect upon the birth of the Khalsa this Vaisakhi, throughout North America (and beyond) our communities come together in celebration. Covered here is a round-up of Vaisakhi celebrations with various media links. If your city is covered here, provide us some context/anecdotes about your...
A Sad Chapter
As many Sikhs throughout the world are gearing up to celebrate Vaisakhi, we continuously get disheartening news as well. In Toronto there was a shameful incident this weekend. From the Toronto Star: A former judge, now a prominent Brampton lawyer, is in hospital with serious stab wounds when a mob...
Fauji Singhs
Last week, many in US Sikhdom celebrated the triumphs of Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan and Dr. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi. For why you may ask? See previous coverage. The NY Times Printed this short brief: Capt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan, in a turban and full beard, graduated Monday at Fort Sam Houston in San...
URGENT ACTION NOW – Kamal Nath, Murderer of Sikhs
In some countries, those that perpetrate crimes against humanity are punished. In India, too often (depending on the political party), the perpetrators are awarded at the ballot boxes or are decorated with cabinet positions. This is the story of Kamal Nath. Kamal Nath is Indias current Union Cabinet...
When Common Sense Isn’t So Common
Earlier this month a congressional hearing reviewing the Transportation Security Administration’s 2011 Fiscal budget occurred in committee. Representative, John Culberson (Republican from Texas) demanded to know why the US government refuses to engage in racial and religious profiling, when screening...
Fire at Sacramento Dera
The details are still very sketchy, but it seems that a dera associated with the highly controversial Maan Singh Pehowa was burned down in Sacramento this past weekend. Maan Singh has been accused of rape. I write this post partially to clarify that it was not at a Gurdwara in Sacramento, as well as...
Amitabh and the Sikhs
Of some note to Sikhs, members of the Bachchan actor family has caught the fancy of the Indian press in relation to our faith. It started with Amitabh Bachans blog post, where he wrote: Abhishek shoots Bingo in the Holy City of Amritsar and his sister Shweta joins him to pay homage and prayer at the...
Sikholars Papers are Now Available!
The young researchers that presented at last week’s Sikholars conference have made their papers available. Until March 15, 2010 they will be available at this link. If you read the papers, we would love to hear your comments.
Sikholars Conference a HUGE SUCCESS!
Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. This past weekend was the first annual Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference. From Toronto and Vancouver, from New York and Boston, some leading young researchers converged upon Stanford University. Beginning with the topic of the scholar in Sikhi, Harinder...
Beheading of Two Sikh Men
It seems to be the talk of the community. Two Sikh men are claimed to have been beheaded by the “Taliban”. I do not have any independent details, but do believe we should make sure we understand all the information. The BBC has reported the beheadings of Jaspal Singh and Mastan Singh in...
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