Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore
Mangalore, Aug 25: Mangalore being a true cosmopolitan city has assimilated people of diverse religions and nationality in its fold. It is therefore not surprising to know that there about 25 to 30 Sikh families residing within Mangalore and they have also constructed a Gurudwara in the city. Interestingly the original root of these families is the same though these families have arrived in Mangalore from different parts of Northern states like Punjab, Haryana Delhi and Uttar Pradesh over a period of nearly four decades.
Sikhs are known to be kind, open hearted, generous, tolerant, hard working and progressive in their nature who easily integrate into the society. This has been proved right as these Sikh families who have made Mangalore their home for many years now have retained their identity but at the same time have easily merged with local culture and traditions. It is therefore not astounding if you come across young school and college going brats conversing in pure Tulu or Kannada just like the locals do. Or don’t be surprised when they swear by their liking for some of the local Mangalorean cuisine, about which they must have come to know from their class or collegemates or tasted them in some of our celebrated hotels in the city.
with thanks : daijiworld : LINK : for detailed news with pics.
Members of Preston’s Sikh community paraded through the city centre in remembrance of those who fought in the First World War.
Hundreds marched through the streets, making their way from the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Singh Sabha on Bow Lane to the Flag Market.
The sun blazed down as the crowds marched up Fishergate Hill, on to Cheapside and to the war memorial, to remember those lost in conflict.
The free family event included live martial arts, children’s activities including a bouncy castle, as well as food, ice cream and arts and crafts.
It was organised by members of the Bow Lane temple, to mark the role Sikh soldiers played in the war.
Organiser Gurumukh Singh, who planned the event alongside colleague Buphinder Singh, said: “The weather was fantastic, it was on our side and it certainly brought the crowds out.
with thanks : lep : LINK : for detailed news.
The world knows me as Delhi's First Citizen Sikh, being the President of DSGMC, Delhi's Gurdwara Management Committee. The Turban has always been any Sikh's identity. I have travelled across the world in Turban and recently I was stopped at an Italian Airport because of this. I protested against this racial discrimination and finally the authorities relented and let us maintain our honour.
But unfortunately, in a shameful incident last month, two young basketball players from India - Amarpal and Amjyot Singh were asked to play without their Turbans. They were representing India at the Asia Cup Championship in China.
Just before the game, both of them were asked to remove their turbans if they wanted to play. They were told that wearing turbans violated the rules of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
This is a shame! How can our country’s top sportsmen be humiliated like that? Sign this petition and ask FIBA to change its policies. Sikhs should be able to play with their turban on if they want to.
My faith and religion have played a big part in my successful career. FIBA’s policies should be more sensitive to people’s faith. Sign this petition and tell them so #LetSikhsPlay
If atleast 50,000 people sign this petition, FIBA will know that this is an issue of great importance and change its policies to be more sensitive.
After you Sign this petition, forward my mail to atleast 5 of your friends & family. Let us support our country’s sportsmen in every way that we can.
Manjit Singh GK
Last year, the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania USA refused to allow an elderly Sikh gentleman to visit his son, a United States Military Veteran, without removing his turban. He had already successfully passed the security check, but was then asked by the guards to remove his turban for checking and to leave it outside. As a devout Sikh, he refused. In a desperate attempt to see his son, the father tried to compromise with the guard by lifting his turban so the guards could see there was no hidden contraband. Despite this, the guards insisted that it be completely removed and unraveled. Remaining true to his faith, he chose not to submit to further degradation and waited patiently outside as his wife visited their son.
Legal Action Taken
UNITED SIKHS legal team took immediate action to address this discriminatory act against their client. Ademand letter was sent to the correctional facilitydemanding the immediate remedy of religiously intolerant security protocolsbecause the requirements of the security protocol in place are in direct violation of the Religious Freedom Protection Act of Pennsylvania. Specifically, Section 4 of the Act states that an agency must enforce the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest in assuring security is not breached.
We informed the facility of the need to come up with respectful means of screening the turban, since requesting a Sikh to remove is turban is not the least restrictive means of ensuring security. Alternative security procedures include: metal detectors, wands, and self-pat downs.Furthermore, the facility already makes religious accommodations for Muslim women.
UNITED SIKHS Staff Attorney, Manmeet Singh emphasized in the demand letter, "asking a Sikh man to not only remove his turban, but to leave it outside, is extremely offensive and completely against the Sikh religion. The turban is an important article of his faith that should never be removed outside of the home. Our client should not be forced to choose between remaining true to his faith and visiting with his son at the facility."
In response to the letter, UNITED SIKHS received a call from the correctional facility's counseland despite our requests for an accommodation, no resolution was reached for a respectful screening of the turban. On December 3, 2013, letters on this matterwere sent to other departments in Pennsylvania addressingourconcerns. A complaint was also filed with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Since the past three months, the security guards areno longer askingthe father to remove his turban when he's visiting the facility.The facility has clearly, yet discretely, amended its security protocol to allow turbans for Sikh visitors.
Back in Nov.2005, UNITED SIKHS and the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LPP filed a lawsuit in Federal Court to enforce a Sikh prisoner's right to practice his religion and to ensure that Sikh prisoners have the same rights as other prisoners. The plaintiff, 24-year-old Navdeep Singh, a devout Amritdhari Sikh, who started serving a 5-year prison sentence in January of that year, had been on a liquid diet since June 6, 2005 to protest the violations of his religious rights.The complaint, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, challenged the practices of New York Department of Correctional Services' (DOCS) personnel as gross violations of Navdeep Singh's religious rights in prison.
As a Civil Rights Organization, UNITED SIKHS is dedicated to its advocacy efforts and is happy to report to the community that our commitment to this matter has led to a successful religious accommodation and favorable outcome for our client. We will continue in our advocacy efforts to obtain a clear written policy change, and stronger implementation of existing policy
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
THE HOUSE OF LORDS IN LONDON HAS APPOINTED A NEW SIKH REPRESENTATIVE, BUT THE BRITISH SIKH COMMUNITY IS SKEPTICAL OF HOW “REPRESENTATIVE” HE TRULY IS.
The House of Lords verification committee has added Lord Ranbir Singh Suri. Emphasizing the need for more diverse voices within the House, the Sikh Federation UK and Sikh Council UK have campaigned for the inclusion of a member from the Sikh community. While they were expected to celebrate the nomination of Lord Suri, who was hailed as a leading member of the Sikh community, instead they were met with widespread skepticism.
with thanks : worldreligionnews : LINK : for detailed news.