Indiana Daily Student Explores Sikh Identity in Indiana

Gurinder Singh Khalsa was not surprised. His dark skin, long beard and turbaned head have often been mistaken as symbols of Arabic culture, which is what Ohio members of the Donald Trump campaign assumed when they put a picture of him on a flyer advertising Muslims who support Trump in 
October. But he is not from the Middle East, nor…

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Indiana Set to Become Second US State to Teach Sikh History and Culture

Indiana is set to become the second state in the United States to include Sikh history and culture into the public school curriculum. Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced the plan at a SikhsPAC townhall meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday. The initiative targets three major entry points, including 7th grade world history (Asia, Africa and the Middle East), high school…

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Second Annual Sikh Day Parade in Indianapolis, Ind.

More than 2,000 members of the Sikh faith descended on Memorial Park near downtown Indianapolis for the city’s second annual Sikh Day Parade. “We just want to give people a chance to learn a little bit more about what our religion is and who we are,” said Jaswant Singh, one of the organizers of the day long Oct. 8 event.…

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SikhsPAC participates in fourth annual Indianapolis Festival of Faith

The end of summer in Indianapolis, Ind. saw the downtown area decorated in its spiritual finest. Buddhist prayer flags in yellow, purple and blue flowed in the warm pre-autumn breeze. Two members of the Ba’hai faith strolled among the crowds handing out stickers reading “There is no room for prejudice in my heart”. On stage, a group of Filipino nuns…

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Sikhs forgotten victims of 9/11 attacks

The very first victim of "retaliatory" violence following the Sept. 11 terror attacks was Arizona businessman Balbir Singh Sodhi. Sodhi was shot five times in the chest with a .380 handgun fired by 42-year-old Boeing mechanic Frank Silva Roque. Roque was so proud of his act, that he boasted of it at a local bar. Witnesses reported hearing the man describe murdering…

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Sikh Coalition Celebrates 15th Anniversary

NBC News writes about the 15th anniversary of one of the largest and most important Sikh organizations in the United States. The Sikh Coalition formed in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks in response to misguided violence against members of the Sikh community. Since its inception, the group has expanded to support a variety of projects aimed at informing…

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Sikhnet Covers SikhsPAC Launch

SikhNet.com, one of the largest clearinghouses for information and news on Sikh culture in America, has published an article highlighting the work of SikhsPAC in Indiana. Coverage includes a thorough collection of photographs and press material from SikhsPAC's Aug. 31 launch ceremony. The article appearing on Sikhnet's front page also included a biography of Gurinder Singh Khalsa. For more information…

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SikhsPAC Appears on Public Radio

SikhsPAC caught the attention of Indiana Public Media, appearing across the state on a variety of stations including WFYI Indianapolis and WFIU Bloomington. SikhsPAC Chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa spoke with reporters on the need for Sikh representation in Indiana politics and an agenda driven by a desire to increase awareness of Sikh culture and reduce racial and religiously motivated crime in…

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Indian Doctor Returns to School for MBA

Dr. Bijender Kumar was already a respected doctor and medical director at Hancock Regional Hospital when he decided to return to school for a Masters of Business Administration from IUPUI's Kelly School of Business. On Aug. 8, he walked on stage at Hine Hall to accept his latest accolade. Kumar immigrated to the United States when he was 29, after…

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Indianapolis Sikh to serve as SikhsPAC Outreach Coordinator

Jitender Singh is the newest face on the SikhsPAC team. The 27-year-old Indianapolis businessman and regular attendee at the Gurdwara Sahib Indianapolis (Acton Road) has formally taken over all SikhsPAC youth outreach programming and will soon be leading a team of volunteers tasked with identifying specific political needs in various Sikh communities around the state. Jitender Singh holds a bachelors…

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