“We are here to support those federal employees who are not getting their paycheck, and we really appreciate their services… and we believe our nation should appreciate and give gratitude to those men and women who are doing wonderful service for us, but are not getting paid so,” said Balwinder “Dillon” Dhillon, President of the Sikh Center of San Antonio. “The least we could do is support them with a hot meal for the next three days.”
It turns out that the Sikh Temple Gurudwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib Takanini & Otahuhu does all that and more. They do feed thousands of people (specifically, an average of 300 on weekdays, 1000 on Saturdays and 2000 on Sundays). No, you don’t have to be Sikh. You don’t have to pray at the temple. You don’t even have to pay for the food. “We welcome everyone and we don’t ask where you come from or what you do,” says Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand spokesperson Daljit Singh.
On a clear day, both are visible to each other. But the Radcliffe Line, drawn in August 1947 between Pakistan and India, ensures that travel for the average Indian or Pakistani is impossible across this international border. India’s Sikh community is roughly around 20m people – under 2% of India’s population of over a billion. More than half of them live in the Punjab, India and are cut off from the most significant shrines associated with the founder of their faith, all located in Punjab, Pakistan.
There are already six Gurdwaras in Houston, which welcome all to learn more about the Sikh culture. “We’re devout people, but we’re totally attuned to local customs and culture,” Azad said. He said that the American philosophy of “all men are created equal,” is perfectly aligned to Sikh ideals. In addition, the religion is centered on charity. “If you are hungry, no one will ask you what religion you are, what caste or creed,” Azad said. “We feel it is our duty to feed you. If you need shelter, no one in
What you might not expect is that the trucker in the next lane is wearing a turban. Even with unemployment at a nearly 49-year low, there is a record-high shortage of truck drivers. This year, the turnover rate for truck drivers is 96 percent. More than 50,000 drivers are needed to meet the demand, and the shortage is forcing companies like Amazon, General Mills, Tyson Foods and others to hike up their prices to consumers. But one group of drivers — Indian-Americans who practice the Sikh faith, truckers
Sikhism was born in Punjab, a region that was divided between the two countries during partition in 1947. The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of Sikhism’s holiest shrines. The religion’s founder, Guru Nanak, spent the last 18 years of his life there. The decision coincides with the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth. Since the division of India and Pakistan into two separate nations, Indians have had limited access to the shrine, often struggling to get visas to visit, says BBC Punjabi’s Dali
Gill has arguably achieved something richer and more complex still, however. Her teams are diverse, with girls and women of all ethnicities (and ages) taking part. The matches and training sessions bring people together who might never otherwise meet. The setup at Guru Nanak provides an essential community function, especially in an age of austerity
Chad Horsley, 27, was sentenced by 21st Judicial District Judge Jeff Johnson to two years in prison, suspended for a three-year period of probation, according to court documents. Authorities said Horsley, of Denham Springs, told investigators his reason for causing the damage to the convenience store on Springfield Road was that “the people who operate the business were the same ‘ones’ who killed his fellow service members overseas.”
The first of the commissions that looked into the massacre, Phoolka said, was the Marwah Commission headed by former Delhi police commissioner Ved Marwah. “In 1985 when the evidence was absolutely fresh, the Commission prepared its report on the basis of the real depositions of the police personnel. Marwah had even prepared notes about where the instructions came for the massacre and who all said that Sikhs are not to be saved…