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SikhNN Signs Off

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The Sikh News Network, a Washington-based news organization, is permanently signing off. SikhNN.com was launched in 2010 as a successor to the Sikh Sentinel newspaper, which was first published in 2001. All of SikhNN's assets, primarily its original content, will be donated to the Sikh Free Press, a new Washington-based non-profit. We deeply thank all our readers and supporters who have kept us going all these years.

Guru Raakhaa and Chardi Kalaa!
The SikhNN team

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According to the secret “Ghadr Directory” published by the British Indian government in 1917, and in 1934, the Gadar Party had 616 members: 527 were Sikhs, 54 were Hindus and 35 were Muslims.

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 05:00 PM

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The American newspaper, Bellingham, Washington, Sept. 5, 1907: "This is the type of man driven from this city as the result of last night's demonstration by a mob of 500 men and boys."

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 | 02:07 PM

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The Smithsonian will not remove this offensive image of two men without Kesh tying a turban, representing Sikhism.

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 | 03:30 PM

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Left: US Army Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, Right: A US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) soldier, in Afghanistan

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 | 10:52 PM

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Charlottesville Sikh mayor, Satyendra Singh Huja, welcomed French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama to Virginia as they embarked on a tour of Thomas Jefferson's estate. France has banned turbans from government-related services, including schools and official photographs. The United Nations has declared France's policy a violation of religious freedom.

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 | 07:02 PM

BREAKING NEWS

  • Rival Sikh groups brandishing swords clashed at Darbar Sahib over who would speak first during the special divaan marking the 1984 Operation Blue Star, the Indian military offensive in which thousands of pilgrims were detained and killed, the BBC reports.

    Friday, Jun 06, 2014 | 10:52 AM

  • The New York state assembly on Tuesday presented Iqbal Singh, founder of the Kalgidhar Trust and Akal Academy, with an honorary citation as an "outstanding individual, one which is worthy of the esteem of the country..." The trust has an office in Victor.

    Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 10:21 AM

  • The Sikh Human Development Foundation raised more than $330,000 for Punjab's needy students. The Maryland-based nonprofit partners with Delhi-based Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council to identify qualified students. Since 1999, it has awarded 3,411 scholarships.

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 12:11 AM

THIS WEEK IN SIKH HISTORY

Oct 26, 1619

Guru Hargobind is released from the Gawalior Fort prison.

Oct 27, 1995

Martyrdom - Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra

Oct 31, 1984

Martyrdom - Bhai Beant Singh

Akal Takhat Smacks Rochester Gurdwara Trustees on Kirpan Ban

The Akal Takhat, in a stinging letter issued last month, severely reprimanded the trustees of the Gurdwara of Rochester, New York, for using a lawsuit to ban Kirpans from its premises, and added that a place of worship that limits the Kakars in any way cannot not be called a Sikh gurdwara.

Monday, Apr 04, 2011 | 01:11 PM

Facebook Polices Religious Intolerance

Millions Have Viewed Pages Offensive to Sikhs

’How long are these turban jokes on Faceboook gonna curry on for?’ is an example of a hate-mongering Facebook ‘page’ that has been taken off the most popular social networking Web site in the world.

Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 | 12:06 AM

Selling Golden Temple

The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire

Kartar Singh Khalsa, head of Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa’s business empire, testified in the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, that selling the rights to the ‘Golden Temple’ brand name was just good business.

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 | 12:08 AM

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Vaisakhi: Birth of Guru Nanak and of the Khalsa

Baldev Singh, of Clarksville, Maryland, a businessman and devout Sikh with a gyaanee degree, explains the full significance of Vaisakhi, which is nearly forgotten by the Panth. He was honored at the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Foundation of America, in Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 13, for donating land worth $1.2 million for construction of the new gurdwara building that is expected to begin in August.

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 | 11:56 PM

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American Sikh soldiers need beard exemptions, US special forces do not

The A-Team has beards?

Reporting from Washington - The U. S. military allows its special forces to grow full beards while serving under the most extreme battle conditions, but requires Sikh soldiers to apply for religious accommodations for their beards, even with revisions made last month to its exemptions policy for religious practices.

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 | 10:52 PM

Sikh mayor welcomes French president

In an ironic meeting yesterday, Francois Hollande, president of France, where turbans are banned from government-related services such as schools and official pictures, was welcomed to Virginia by the turbaned mayor of Charlottesville, Satyendra Singh Huja.

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 | 07:02 PM

Report affirms Thatcher and Gandhi colluded on Operation Blue Star

Sikhs ask for full disclosure on 1984 and beyond

The results, released yesterday, of the UK government’s investigation into its involvement in the 1984 Operation Blue Star confirm that, at Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s request for advice, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did send to Delhi a Special Air Services military officer, who recommended a paramilitary attack at Darbar Sahib using helicopters.

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 | 01:50 PM

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Community

Buyer Beware of Sikh Auctions

Sandeep Singh Brar, 04.10.2014

I am concerned and hope that the euphoria and excitement surrounding the auction of the “sword of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh” is not the “Guru Gobind Singh armour” auction fiasco being repeated.

Toronto, Canada | Comment (0)


People

Obituary: Khushwant Singh - Cassandra With News Good & Bad

I. J. Singh, 03.20.2014

Khushwant Singh, modern India’s defining man of letters has never been easy to define. Was he a good Sikhs deeply steeped in its tradition, history and literature as many Sikhs and non-Sikhs think of him or was he more in league with the devil, or at the least a self-hating delusional man not on the side of the Sikhs?

New York, NY | Comment (0)


Minority Report

Bullying and Harassing

I. J. Singh, 02.18.2014

Matters like adhering to one’s identity or integrating without assimilating are not always the reasons for the tension between a people and the strangers around them. Stress lines between communities are both universal and also inevitable.

New York, NY | Comment (0)


Education

BOOK REVIEW - Badshah Darvesh: Guru Gobind Singh as Bhai Nand Lal saw him

I. J. Singh, 12.06.2013

It is significant that he has now focused on Bhai Nand Lal’s writings because his conversations with Guru Gobind Singh form a Rehat Nama that constitutes perhaps the most significant source document on the underpinnings of the modern code of conduct (Rehat Maryada) of the Sikhs.

New York, NY | Comment (0)


Community

The Meaning of Akal Takhat

Professor Darshan Singh, 11.27.2013

In his kathaa at the Sikh Gurdwara, DC, during Guru Hargobind Singh’s gurpurab celebration on July 7, Professor Darshan Singh said the Akal Takhat is a place where the suchaa paathishah is supposed to sit, but many Sikhs are treating the place as the Guru. He also talked about the conspiracy behind the Dasam Granth, which involves a Hindu.

Ontario, Canada | Comment (0)


Community

Hukamnaamaa Against Having Alcohol in Homes with GGS

I. J. Singh, 09.23.2013

What can one say of such rigidity in the name of religion?

New York, NY | Comment (0)




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Ravi Singh Charged With Election Fraud

Ravneet Singh, founder of ElectionMall, an Internet-based campaign-services company, was arrested on Jan. 17 by FBI agents for allegedly facilitating nearly $300,000 in illegal foreign contributions to two candidates in San Diego’s 2012 mayoral race.

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 | 10:39 PM

The American who lived with Bhindranwale

Baba Nam Singh Khalsa was living on the top floor of Guru Nanak Niwas at the Darbar Sahib complex when Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale moved in with nearly 30 of his men.

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 | 08:00 PM

Thatcher colluded with Gandhi on Operation Blue Star

A top-secret letter released by the British government, dated February 1984, shows that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent a special-forces military officer to India to help Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi plan Operation Blue Star, the invasion and attack on Harmandar Sahib in June 1984.

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 | 11:40 PM

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