Sikhi Is Part of the Solution: Ending Gendercide
Gendercide is a well-known problem in India. The BBC and ABC 20/20 have highlighted this issue. The low sex-ratio in Punjab, India shows how the soil, which gave birth to Sikhi is not devoid of this problem. The land on which our Gurus proclaimed the equality of women when others considered her impure...
Shaheedi & Justice
We have many songs that remind us of Shaheeds; we acknowledge them in our Ardas; and they are an integral part of our Sikh history. It is a powerful experience to hear how an integral concept in Sikhi manifests in other communities. Specifically the Muslim community, which also adheres to a concept...
“I Am Singh”
I came across a new movie, “I Am Singh”, which is about the discrimination Sikhs faced post-9/11. Interesting topic indeed. It is about time the Sikh experience makes it onto the big screen. I have seen “New York” and “My Name Is Khan”. Both decent bollywood films...
Remembering Mothers
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mother’s who have nourished our physical bodies with food made out of love and nurtured our souls with their warm spirits. I leave you with one of Satinder Sartaaj’s most beautiful songs, “Ammi”. Among all the many Punjabi songs...
California’s First South Asian Federal Judge
Vijay “Jay” Chand Gandhi was sworn in as California’s first South Asian federal judge on April 14th. He is only the second Indian American federal judge in the country. Gandhi will be a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court in Californias Central District. This district...
“Punjabiye Zubane”
I have noticed these past couple of weeks that discussions about the value of Punjabi have become more prevalent. The issue of maintaining our “ma boli” is constantly on our minds and manifests in our everyday lives. However, with the onset of many Vaisakhi melas, Nagar Kirtans, and of course...
Vaisakhi-A National Holiday
Sikhs will be celebrating Vaisakhi world wide next week on April 14th. Sikhs in Malayasia are requesting that Vaisakhi be made a national holiday. Tan Sri Darshan Singh, the President of Malaysia National Sikhs Movement president, said, “The Sikhs who arrived earlier in this country served in...
The Power Of Graphics: Information On War Costs
Wow. The use of graphics to display information about war costs is very powerful. Look at a few graphics below published on The Guardian’s blog about the cost and size of armed forces world-wide. War Chests: Who has the biggest military budget per year?
Sikh Man Has Longest Beard
Bhai Sarvan Singh, the head granthi at Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Vancouver has broken his own Guinness World Record of having the longest beard. His beard is now under 8 feet! Initially Bhai Sahib was hesitant to take part in the competition because he did not grow his long beard for publicity. He...
Arundhati Roy In San Francisco
Arundhati Roy, the author of “God of Small Things”, will be in San Francisco on March 26th at Mission High School Auditorium. The event will start at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased here. Roy will be reading from her latest collection of essays, “Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to...
Saanjh Sikh Scholarships
The Saanjh Sikh Scholarship project is awarding 4 scholarships totaling $6,000 to Sikh students who are graduating California high school seniors or community college students pursuing higher education. The scholarships are need & merit based. All California Sikhs who are graduating high school...
The Impact of Depression On Ethnic Seniors
On TLH we have addressed various issues effecting the South Asian elderly community. The recent news article in the the New York Times on the difficulties encountered by many Sikh seniors in the California Bay Area was particularly heart wrenching. In an article in New America Media, Paul Kleyman discusses...
Relating Sikhi
A while back I remember someone posing the question, Can you be a good person without being part of a religion? What an excellent question! While recently talking to a government official about allowing Sikhs to work in his agency with our Sikh articles of faith, he told me that he always felt judged...
Pakistani Sikh Singer
We know there is a sizable Sikh population in Pakistan, despite many Sikhs who were forced to migrate to India during partition. In 2008, the Pakistani Sikh Anand Marriage Act was passed in Pakistani, which allowed Sikhs in their marriage certificates as Sikhs. Currently in India, Sikhs are identified...
Female Ice Cream Truck Driver Shot In Bay Area
Amarjit Kaur, 39, was critically shot on Wednesday afternoon in Vallejo, California as she sold ice cream out of an ice cream truck near a school. The Bay Area television news reported last night that police believe the reason for the shooting was two fold. First it was a robbery by a 15-year male....
“Punjabi Everywhere”
I came across this amazing video of a white guy singing a traditional Punjabi song, while playing a drum, in an outside mall area (hat tip: Satwinder). Often we wonder how Punjabi will be preserved. I think one of the unique ways is through music. I hope you enjoy it as you begin your weekend!
Drug Abuse In Amritsar
Drug abuse is an epidemic that is hitting Punjab at high rates. We hear about Punjabi men being addicted to drugs and the ramifications of their addiction on them and their families. Prerna Suri of Al Jazeera reports on the devastating effects of drugs in Amritsar. The city’s location near...
Who Is Caring For The Elderly In India
Where do the elderly fit into India new modern image? Often in South Asian families, caring for the elderly is not a question-it will happen. In West we know of the many stories of how the elderly are mentally, physically, and emotionally abused by their children. Often the elderly are forced into...
Happy 2010!
Wishing all our TLH readers a happy and prosperous New Year! May Waheguru continue to bless you with wisdom and strength in 2010. We appreciate your support. Without your readership TLH would have no real existence. Thank you and always stay in Chardi Kala! Our resolution this year is to provide...
Comprehensive Immigration Reform In United States
Healthcare reform, immigration reform, banking reform, and the list goes on. This past week a diverse coalition lead by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) are laying down the marker in 2009 for comprehensive immigration reform by introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for Americas Security and Prosperity...
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