President Obama’s “Diwali” Message

As we head into Bandi Chod Diwas/Diwali/Deva Diwali weekend, let’s listen to President Obama’s message! I appreciate his genuine effort to wish the South Asian community a happy celebration. I’m very impressed that he said “Sikh” correctly! About time we have a US President who gets it!

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My only qualm (of course I have one) is that he chose to call the entire celebration “Diwali”. Diwali is more part of the Hindu religious narrative than in Sikhi or Jainism (although culturally “Diwali” is most commonly used). Nonetheless, I’m still impressed that he knew the varying significance that “Diwali” has for different religious groups. As he connects more with members of other South Asian faiths through his various initatives, I think he will learn more about the nuances of our communities.

Wishing everyone a Happy Bandi Chod Diwas/Diwali/Deva Diwali …! Enjoy the kirtan, lights, and mithayee!


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16 Responses to “President Obama’s “Diwali” Message”

  1. JaggaJatt says:

    This is reallly koool. Mithai lol. I love this guy!!!

  2. Ranjit singh says:

    Happy Bandi Chod Diwas to you to Mr President

  3. JaggaJatt says:

    This is reallly koool. Mithai lol. I love this guy!!!

  4. Ranjit singh says:

    Happy Bandi Chod Diwas to you to Mr President

  5. Mewa says:

    I would still rather have universal health-care and for the US to get out of Afghanistan.

  6. Mewa says:

    I would still rather have universal health-care and for the US to get out of Afghanistan.

  7. Harinder says:

    Congratulation to American Sikhs for making their president alive to their presence on this planet.

    May Waheguru give him the wisdom and clarity of vision to run the affairs of our todays home "The Beautiful Earth".

  8. Harinder says:

    Congratulation to American Sikhs for making their president alive to their presence on this planet.
    May Waheguru give him the wisdom and clarity of vision to run the affairs of our todays home “The Beautiful Earth”.

  9. jeet says:

    He is the best!!

  10. jeet says:

    He is the best!!

  11. Amit singh says:

    Very impressed especially that he mentioned Guru Har Gobind. Most sikhs dont even know that happened with guru ji on diwali.

  12. Amit singh says:

    Very impressed especially that he mentioned Guru Har Gobind. Most sikhs dont even know that happened with guru ji on diwali.

  13. Deep Singh says:

    I understand my sisters and brothers affinity here, however this is what we can easily refer to as clever politics. Obama is a political pragmatist and he's been notoriously known for that through out his career.

    I don't think he knows anything; he was taught everything. Pronunciation, history, figures etc.

    Why do you we believe what these men say at face value and disregard, as mewa has pointed out, that this man has committed some of the most heinous crimes of international law and human rights law? He's responsible for things that George Bush started.

  14. Deep Singh says:

    I understand my sisters and brothers affinity here, however this is what we can easily refer to as clever politics. Obama is a political pragmatist and he's been notoriously known for that through out his career.

    I don't think he knows anything; he was taught everything. Pronunciation, history, figures etc.

    Why do you we believe what these men say at face value and disregard, as mewa has pointed out, that this man has committed some of the most heinous crimes of international law and human rights law? He's responsible for things that George Bush started.

  15. hitesh says:

    thanks obama sir from all my indian brothers and sisters for the diwali wishes

  16. obama ji is a noce personality