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  • Gucci Turbans Face Backlash From Sikhs

    02/23/2018 4:06:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 24, 2018
    Luxury fashion brand Gucci is facing a backlash from people after it adorned white models with traditional Sikh turbans down the ramp in their brand's Fall 2018 fashion week. The move by Gucci has upset many people and who took to social media to condemn the use of turbans in fashion, by calling it "offensive" and "irresponsible", The Independent reported. Canadian actor and model Avan Jogia began the backlash, in a series of tweets. "could you not find a brown model?", Jogia wrote on Twitter, along with an image of a white male model wearing a blue turban. "and please,...
  • Sikh Community Saves Town's July Fourth Fireworks Display

    07/04/2017 5:06:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 4, 2017 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    When the mayor of Visalia, located in California's agricultural Central Valley, mentioned to a local Sikh businessman that the city of 120,000 might have to forego a July Fourth fireworks display due to financial concerns, the religious community jumped.
  • Italy's top court rules Sikhs can't carry religious knives

    05/19/2017 8:59:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 16 May 2017 11:11 CEST+02:00
    Italy’s Court of Cassation ruled on Monday that a Sikh man was not allowed to carry a knife considered sacred by his religion in public. Migrants have a duty to conform to local values in the society they choose to move to, the court said, even if those values are different from in their home country. The kirpan, a small knife or sword, is one of five religious articles many Sikhs carry with them at all times. But the legality of carrying the curved knife in public has been debated in several countries where Sikhs are a minority. Denmark became...
  • Teen Islamists given six years' jail for Sikh temple bomb attack [Essen, Germany]

    03/21/2017 5:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 March 2017 12:19 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Three teenagers were found guilty on Tuesday for a bomb attack at a Sikh Temple in Essen last year that injured three people. Prosecutors had argued that the three 17-year-olds — who were 16 at the time of the act — had attacked the temple out of radical Islamist motivations to kill “non-believers”. The youth court on Tuesday agreed that their motive had been hate for other religions. The trial uncovered no evidence of the three having direct contact with terror group ISIS. Two of the three adolescents had set off the bomb in front of the entrance to the...
  • Sikhs Step Up, Welcome Oroville Dam Evacuees to Their Temples

    02/15/2017 10:59:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | Lisa Fernandez
    "It's just hardwired into us and our religion," Harsimran Singh aid. "Anytime someone needs help, we need to be there." Members of the Sikh faith are inviting the 188,000 evacuees who were forced to leave their homes because of the damaged Oroville Dam emergency spillway to come to their temples for a nice vegetarian meal and a rest on the floor of their prayer halls. Yuba City and Sacramento — both about an hour's drive from Oroville — are central migration spots for Sikhs in California, most of whom originally hailed from Punjab, India. Several temples in the surrounding Northern...
  • DOT 'Guidance' for Airline Flight Crews: 'A Bearded Male Passenger With a Tan Complexion Boards'[tr]

    01/17/2017 9:12:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 17, 2017 | 8:43 AM EST | Susan Jones
    A week before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, the U.S. Transportation Department issued new “guidance” for airline flight crews on how to avoid discriminating against Muslim and Sikh passengers. DOT said it recognizes the very important and difficult job of the airlines to provide a safe and secure travel environment. “At the same time, it is important that this function be carried out in a non-discriminatory manner.” The guidance says airline personnel must not be swayed by a passenger’s appearance alone: “In other words, airline personnel should ask themselves, but for the passenger’s perceived race, color, national...
  • Here's What The Military Will Look Like In 2017: Transgenders, Hijabs, Turbans & Beards Welcome

    01/06/2017 10:50:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | January 5, 2017 | Sherley Boursiquot
    Just two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump enters office, the U.S. Army issued a new regulation under the Obama administration: servicemen and women will be allowed to wear beards, turbans, or hijabs for religious purposes while serving the country. The changes issued by Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning were announced Tuesday and were effective immediately, according to the Atlantic. Apart from religious dress coding, servicewomen can now wear dreadlocks (as long as it’s neat and tied), twists, and cornrows, without requesting an accommodation to wear them. "Our goal is to balance soldier readiness and safety with the accommodation of...
  • NYPD Officers Will be Allowed to Wear Turbans and Grow Beards for the First Time (Ed. Tr.) (PICS)

    12/29/2016 9:41:13 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-29-2016 | Hannah-Al-Othman
    The New York Police Department is now allowing officers to wear beards and grow turbans in a bid to accommodate Sikh recruits. Sikh officers will be allowed to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap and grow beards up to a half-inch long, which are required for religious reasons. Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced the new rules that affect all religious members on Wednesday following a graduation ceremony for new police recruits.
  • In India's Punjab, Haley relatives cheer appointment as UN envoy

    11/24/2016 9:44:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 24, 2016 | Manoj Kumar
    Nikki Haley may have been born in the United States but her extended family back in India is thrilled that the South Carolina governor has been named by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as ambassador to the United Nations. Haley's parents hail from rural Punjab, in northwestern India. They moved to Amritsar - home to the Golden Temple that is the most holy place of the Sikh religion - before emigrating to North America in the early 1960s. Haley, 44, was born Nimrata Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina - she was called "Nikki" as a child and took the family name...
  • How to Manufacture an Anti-Muslim Hate-Crime 'Epidemic'

    12/23/2015 4:45:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Step one: Find an expert with an impressive-sounding academic title to legitimize shoddy advocacy propaganda. Meet Brian Levin. He's the one-man band behind something called the "Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism" at California State University, San Bernardino. The "center" (that is: Levin) claims to be "nonpartisan" and "objective." But he is a former top staffer of the militant, conservative-smearing Southern Poverty Law Center, which was forced to apologize earlier this year after including famed black neurosurgeon and GOP 2016 candidate Ben Carson on its "extremist watch list" of hate groups. At SPLC, Levin infamously posited that the...
  • German official charged with spying on Sikhs for India

    09/20/2016 6:50:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Sep 2016 14:23 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    A German immigration official has been arrested and charged with espionage for an Indian secret service for allegedly spying on members of the Sikh religion, prosecutors said Tuesday. The 58-year-old German national, identified only by the initials T.S.P., was accused of “espionage activity and violation of professional secrecy rules in 45 cases,” they said in a statement. Working at an immigration office in the western town of Ostwestfalen, he accessed databases to pass on information on suspected extremist and opposition members of the religious group, said federal prosecutors. …
  • 'Islamist' teens arrested for blast at Sikh wedding in Germany

    04/22/2016 12:36:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Apr 21, 2016 | AFP
    German police Thursday arrested two teenagers with Islamist backgrounds over an explosion that wounded three people at a Sikh temple, labeling it a "terrorist attack". The blast that hit an Indian wedding party at the entrance to the temple in the western city of Essen last Saturday injured three men, one of them seriously. Police arrested two 16-year-olds with known links to regional Islamists over the attack, said city police chief Frank Richter. "We have to presume it was a terrorist act -- religiously motivated terror by the Islamist scene," Richter said in a statement, without linking the youths to...
  • The US Army’s Sikh Can of Worms

    04/03/2016 7:55:47 PM PDT · by pboyington · 60 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 3, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The latest Category Five Hurricane battering the Army concerns a US Army officer who has demanded to wear long hair, a beard and a turban while on active duty with the lean green machine. As NBC reports: In a decision by the U.S. Army Thursday, Capt. Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh-American officer and combat veteran, has received a long-term religious accommodation to serve with long hair, a beard, and turban in accordance with his Sikh faith. In March, a U.S. district judge issues a temporary restraining order against additional non-standard, discriminatory testing. According to The Sikh Coalition, which is representing...
  • Second Lawsuit Filed to End Discrimination Against Sikhs in U.S. Military

    04/02/2016 7:15:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 31 replies
    India West ^ | March 31, 2016 | India West Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three Sikh American soldiers filed a lawsuit Mar. 29 asking the Defense Department to allow them to serve in the U.S. Army with their religiously-mandated turbans and beards intact. The plaintiffs are Army Specialists Kanwar Singh and Harpal Singh and Army Private Arjan Singh Ghotra. The lawsuit, filed by the Sikh Coalition, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and McDermott Will & Emery, demands that the Army accommodate their religious articles of faith, including turbans, unshorn hair and beards, so that each can begin Basic Combat Training with their various units in May. The lawsuit was filed...
  • Sikhs in America are still coming under attack because people think they’re Muslims

    12/29/2015 4:05:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    The bearded man in the blue turban was attacked before dawn on Saturday morning, while waiting for a ride to work. Two white males in their 20s pulled up and began to curse at Amrik Singh Bal, according to police in Fresno, Calif. Fearing for his safety, police said, the 68-year-old Sikh man attempted to cross the street -- but "the subjects in the vehicle backed up and struck the victim with their rear bumper." The car stopped, and the two men "got out and assaulted the victim, striking him in the face and upper body." During the assault, police...
  • White House Holds Meeting With Muslims And Sikhs

    12/14/2015 8:30:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 53 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 14, 2015
    White House Holds Meeting With Muslims And Sikhs by KRISTIN DONNELLY, CHRIS JANSING and CORKY SIEMASZKO President Obama's top advisers held a series of meetings Monday with Muslim and Sikh religious leaders to discuss the fallout their communities are facing in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino shootings. Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Munoz, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes took part in the White House sit-downs — a dozen days after a radicalized Muslim couple fatally shot 14 people and wounded 21 more in California. The Chicago-born Syed Farood and his wife Tashfeen...
  • Sikhs set up food distribution in IS territory to feed Yazidis

    10/07/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Times of India ^ | 7 October 2015 | Vibhor Mohan
    Large-hearted Sikhs have taken their traditional community kitchen to one of the most dangerous places on earth today - Syria. Giving a twist to the concept of langar, a group of Punjabi NRIs has collaborated with locals to provide fresh bread to nearly 14,000 refugees daily in the strife-torn region for several months now. Langar Aid, an extension of UK-based NGO Khalsa Aid, is located in the Pesh Harbour area, about 35km from the Kurdish city of Duhok and 10km from the Syrian border. Almost 70% of the members of Langar Aid are with Punjabi roots, besides some European...
  • The Battle of Saragarhi: 21 Sikh's v 10,000 Afghans!

    09/13/2015 1:28:57 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    Commonwealth and British Forces Facebook page ^ | 12th September 2015 | Commonwealth and British Forces
    36th - of 1897 Saraghari fame ( 21 Indian Order of Merits awarded for that action of 21 men standing against 10,000 Afghans . The IOM was the Indian VC prior to 1911 when King George, at his Durbar in Delhi announced Indian troops as being eligible for the VC . The 45th famous as Rattray's Sikhs defending European civilians from massacre during the Indian mutiny of 1857. Both legendary regiments even before entering Europe - for the 47th France & Flanders was their 1st Battle honour & they won it in some of the hottest fighting on the frontline....
  • Post-Paris, Canada gurdwara has brush with racial vandalism (Sikh Temple)

    01/10/2015 2:20:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Times of India ^ | January 11, 2015 | Yudhvir Rana
    AMRITSAR: Within days of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, some unidentified people vandalized a gurdwara in Canada and defaced it walls. Legal counsel of World Sikh Organization (WSO) Balpreet Singh Boparai told TOI over phone from Canada on Saturday that Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in South Edmonton bore the brunt of "racist vandalism", with some unidentified people spray-painting its walls with 'leave Canada' and '**** Indians' graffiti. "I can't say the incident is a reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attack, but it is worrisome nevertheless. Unfortunately, there are many people who still mistake the Sikhs for Muslims," Boparai...
  • Sikh student sues U.S. Army, says ROTC enlistment blocked because of his faith

    11/14/2014 8:37:31 AM PST · by PROCON · 73 replies
    cnn ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | David Shortell
    (CNN) -- A Sikh student at Hofstra University filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the United States Army, claiming the service refused to grant him a religious accommodation that would allow him to enlist in his school's ROTC program without shaving his beard, cutting his hair and removing his turban, according to court documents. When Iknoor Singh requested a religious exemption from the military's grooming policies to enlist as an ROTC cadet in April 2013, his request was first denied on the grounds that his noncompliance would have "an adverse impact on the Army's readiness, unit cohesion, standards, health, safety, or...