An Indo Canadian Sikh man was attacked in Quebic city, Canada. This incident has been condemned by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Supninder Singh Khehra is a 29 year old Indian citizen ,who resides in the Toronto suburb of Brampton working as a business analyst. Khehra was punched in the eye and kicked after he fell. Khehra ascribes the attack to be motivated because of his race and the turban he was wearing.
He told CTV News: “It was all because of my race, my colour and the headgear I was wearing.”
“I seriously feel depressed, I feel very bad about what happened. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Khehra, said.
“Physically, I’m trying to recover, but mentally I’m thinking of the event more and more. I’m a bit worried about the safety of elder men and young children of our community.”
This hateful incident was publicly condemned by Trudeau, while he was at Washington, attending the Nuclear Security Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama.
Trudeau was quoted saying “We stand clearly against the kind of discrimination and intolerance that represents.”
Khehra said he was “thankful to the Prime Minister that he spoke about this issue”.
Khehra’s family and wife live in India and he withheld the information of his assault from them till it became national news. He waited to skype with his loved ones till his black eye faded away.The whole incident has been captured in video which shows men harassing khehra as he tried to ignore them.
Aug 06, 2017: Over the past year, minorities across the United States have increased their outreach to the public and efforts to make their voices heard amid fears of a White Supremacy movement.
The Sikhs of Oak Creek, however, were working to raise awareness of their faith and uplift their community long before 2016.
On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist named Wade Michael Page killed six believers of the Sikh faith in their house of worship, a Gurdwara, outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In the five years since, members of the Gurdwara have organized scholarships, blood drives, 6K walks and runs, and presentations on understanding the Sikh faith in local schools.
“My outreach is also a coping mechanism,” Pardeep Kaleka, whose father was one of the six victims, told VOA. “Processing my own pain and hurt… I’d rather just go into the community and make it better for everybody else.”
Immediately after the shooting, the Sikh community increased its efforts to invite people of all faiths to come to the temple and learn about Sikhism.
But Navdeep Gill, who co-founded the temple’s outreach program, “Serve to Unite,” with Kaleka, says they soon realized they also needed to spread awareness outside the temple after members of the community said they were uncomfortable attending Sikh services.
“Whatever faith you practice, whatever community you come from, you should feel comfortable attending an event,” said Gill, who was tasked with organizing events commemorating the 5th anniversary of the shooting. “Whether that’s in schools, churches, telling other people who Sikhs are, as well as trying to learn about other people and see where the commonalities exist.”
Saturday’s 6K run is the 5th instance of the annual event. The blood drive was added three years ago to the August 5 activities.
This year, members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin had their first float in the 4th of July parade. Though organizers were initially skeptical, Gill said it was well received and prompted non-Indian neighbors to strike up conversations with participating Sikhs.
Devout male followers of the Sikh faith, a monotheistic religion that originated in Northern India, keep long beards and wear turbans, and often are confused with Muslims.
And while some minorities across the country have expressed feeling less safe since U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, Oak Creek Sikhs say the political climate hasn’t affected their community.
“Honestly, nothing has changed,” Navdeesh Toor, an Oak Creek resident and member of the Gurdwara for the past eight years, told VOA.
Toor said that although hate crimes have received more media attention in the past year, which some attribute partly to divisive rhetoric heard during President Trump’s campaign and first few months in office, she doesn’t see any impact on her community.
“A vast majority of Wisconsinites voted for Trump, including minorities and a lot of desis [South Asians] I know,” she said, adding that she didn’t fault her neighbors for voting for “the lesser of two evils” in 2016.
Regardless of politics in Washington, survivors of the 2012 shooting, along with their friends, family, and fellow members of the Gurdwara, have not lost momentum in their pursuit of engaging the community.
“It’s not just about organizing 5Ks, it’s about… what we’re really being asked to do spiritually,” Kaleka said.
“I think there’s a reason [the shooting] happened, a reason those people who stood up made that sacrifice. This community has really stood up.” (VOA)
Lahore, December 20, 2016: Pakistani cricket has seen Christians and Hindus represent the country at home and abroad, but for the first time a Sikh has secured a place in the National Cricket Academy.
Mahinder Pal Singh, who hails from Nankana Sahib (Lahore), is among the list of top 30 emerging cricketers in the country, Geo News reported.
In a video circulating on social media, Singh expressed his desire to make Pakistan proud and thanked his coach and the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board for having faith in him and recognising his talent.
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Singh said he was proud to be able to represent the entire Pakistani Sikh community and to have secured a place at the Pakistani Cricket Academy.
Pakistan’s cricketing history has only seen seven non-muslim cricketers representing the country.
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Over the years Pakistan cricket has been missing out on on regular international cricketing events on home soil, which has been served as the prime reason for the Pakistani cricket that was facing a dearth of new talent. (IANS)
Lahore, November 27, 2016: An Indian Sikh, for the first time, has held an exhibition at Guru Nanak’s birthplace and displayed the images of sacred trees in Sikhism. Many are unaware that after these sacred trees, almost 60 Gurudwaras have been named in India as well as in Pakistan.
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The exhibition has been put up in the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, in the main parikrama of the Nankana Sahib Gurudwara.
Last Friday, The exhibition, inaugurated by retired Indian IAS officer DS Jaspal, comprises 21 panels.
Each of the panel has an image of the sacred tree from the Jaspal’s book ‘Tryst with Trees’, along with a brief description of its features, its health status, and also the historical and religious background of the shrine in relation to the tree.
According to PTI, “Prominent Sikhs, including members of the Pakistan Sigh Gurdwara Parbhandik Committee, attended the inauguration ceremony.”
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On this occasion, Khalid Ali, the Additional Secretary, Evacuee Property Trust Board Pakistan, said, the exhibition “sends a strong message not only for peace and religious harmony but also for nature and environment and, in particular, of the relevance of religion in promoting conservation efforts.”
He complimented Jaspal’s pioneering research in documenting, with beautiful photographs, and sacred Sikh shrines in India as well as in Pakistan which are named after trees. Khalid further added that the exhibition will be of interest not only to the Sikhs, but also to all nature lovers.
In a pictorial book, Jaspal documented with photographs of 58 sacred Sikh shrines in India and Pakistan which are named after trees, rather 19 species of trees.
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Jaspal, has held exhibitions in Washington, New York, Oslo, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Lahore travelled extensively in India and in Pakistan for over a period of three years in order to compile the material and the photographs for the book.