#RAGHEAD: Exploring the Violence Perpetrated Against #Sikhs in the U.S.

 I wrote RAG HEAD as a short story first. On the morning of the shooting [in 2012] my parents were attending service at a Gurdwara [Sikh Temple] as they do every Sunday. My mother does Shabad Kirtan (singing Sikh devotional hymns), this particular…

‘The violence is always there’: life as a #Sikh in #Trump’s #America

A dazed Malhi groped in the dark for his cellphone and called for help. If it hadn’t been for his turban – three layers of fabric tightly wound around thick swirls of hair – he’s not sure he would have…

How #SouthAsian #Americans Are Building a New #AmericanDream

The increased visibility of South Asian Americans in popular culture mirrors the rise of this relatively new immigrant group in various walks of American life—in science, medicine, technology, business—and now increasingly in politics and public service, as exemplified by Ravi…

Their First #Temple Was a Tent. Now #Sikhs Walk #NewJersey’s Halls of Power.

One challenge for Sikhs after Sept. 11 was how often they were being mistaken as Muslim. Some Sikh leaders argued that Sikhs needed to make the distinction clear as an act of self-preservation. But Mr. Bhalla and others strongly rejected…

Who are the #Sikhs and what are their beliefs?

To promote this vision of divine oneness and social equality, Guru Nanak created institutions and religious practices. He established community centers and places of worship, wrote his own scriptural compositions and institutionalized a system of leadership (gurus) that would carry…

#Sikh #Truckers in #America

The acuteness of the discrimination was felt more strongly by the first generation. However, the challenges abound even today, says Jasbir Singh: “Even though I started as a mechanic in late 1990s, even then we knew there were certain biases.…

Guru Harkrishen and #Gurudwara #Bangla Sahib

Among the most holy of Sikh shrines, the sacred, historical Gurdwara Bangla Sahib commemorates the visit to Delhi of the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Harkrishen Sahib Ji, in 1664. Situated in what is now the heart of New Delhi, a…

New Jersey Radio Hosts Suspended After Calling Sikh Attorney General ‘Turban Man’

Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco of NJ 101.5’s The Dennis & Judi Show called New Jersey’s Sikh Attorney General Gurbir Grewal “the guy with the turban” and “turban man,” singling out the dastaar religious garment worn on his head Source: New Jersey Radio Hosts…

Sutej Singh: The #musician of the moment, the #self-taught guitarist is a true artist of the #internet.

While his music is substantially influenced by sounds from decades ago, in many ways Singh is a quintessential artist of the internet age. The Emerging features collaborations with a host of progressive rock veterans from the UK such as drummers…

Photos show #Indian #soldiers’ lives behind #WorldWar I trenches

Popular cinema suggests that World War I had nothing but a continuous series of soldiers lying in sodden trenches crawling with leeches and lice, who from time to time emerged to shell opposing trenches. This is partly true. Both the…