A US Federal court has allowed a Sikh student to enroll in its Reserve Officer Training Corps unit without shaving his beard, cutting long hair, and removing his turban.
In 2013, a student of Hofstra University, Iknoor Singh, was barred from enrolling in the ROTC program, unless he got rid of all his articles of faith.
The court ruled that the US Army’s refusal to allow Iknoor to keep following his religious practices of Sikh faith violated his rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces.
“I am very grateful that the freedom of religion our country fought so hard for, will allow me to pursue my dream career- serving this country as a military intelligence officer- without violating my faith,” Iknoor was reported as saying by a media outlet.
Indian-Americans across New York are coming together to fight food insecurity, with a major organisation working to end hunger throughout the city’s five boroughs.
The Food Bank For New York City’s new Indian-American Council (IAC) will work to raise awareness, improve engagement and channel community resources to help end hunger, The American Bazaar daily reported.
The newly-formed Council kicked off its “Million Meal March” campaign at Baar Baar restaurant earlier this month.
The event garnered more than 100 attendees and raised over 610,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.
The group has mobilized the Indian-American community with the rallying call of “Hunger Mitao!”, which means “Wipe Out Hunger.”
The Council’s Co-Chair is Payal Sharma, the Managing Partner of the restaurant, and its Founders and Advisors are Raj Asava and Aradhana Asava.
“In the spirit of ‘give where you live’, the community through IAC, has enabled close to five million meals in Texas in just over a year,” said Raj Asava in a press release.
“We are excited to bring this model to New York City and are confident that the Indian community here will galvanise around Food Bank and provide millions of meals for the city’s food insecure children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable families,” added Anna Asava. (IANS)