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NIT NAYM: The Daily Grind?

At a gathering of some young and not so young Sikhs, Ruchie Kaur, a bright young woman -- a doctoral candidate in education no less -- piped up: “Why does the Sikh Code of Conduct (Rehat Maryada) demand the daily grind of reading ad nauseum pages upon pages of gurbani?”

Wednesday, Jan 04, 2012 | 04:40 PM

A Tale of Two Cities: Manhattan and Anandpur

Many readers would look askance at my exploring parallels between the mega-polis that is Manhattan and the sleepy village of Anandpur. They might prefer the history, gold and glitter of Amritsar that has seized our imagination to fill that spot. But I am really caught up in the disparity between price and value.

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 | 05:50 PM

Betwixt and Between Good and Evil

Like clockwork every year, November occupies us with both or one of two realities: either the Gurpurab (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak who was born in 1469 half a millennium ago, or the horrendous and ineptly attempted genocide of the Sikhs in India by mobs and hooligans of the Indian government.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 | 10:28 PM

Walking Away From Power

What I find absolutely mind blowing is that, ignoring the claims of his own sons, when Guru Nanak handed the torch to his successor, Guru Angad, he also directed him to move his center some miles away to a different township. This makes it a very modern process of transfer of power and authority.

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 | 07:49 PM

Disgracing Sikh Travelers in Polish Airports

Warsaw, Poland - A Sikh has taken the Polish Airport Security to court for disgracing Sikh travelers passing through Poland.

Friday, Nov 04, 2011 | 09:47 PM


Let’s cut to the chase via a hypothetical case: An amritdhari Sikh, holding a responsible office within the community’s gurduara, gets arrested for drunk-driving. The facts are clear and can’t be denied. The law will surely take its course.

The question for us: How should the local Sikh community respond?

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 | 04:57 PM

Moving Forward From 9/11

I had survived through the Partition of India 64 years ago, and we escaped with our lives on the morning of September 12 1947. The communal madness killed more than two million people and dislocated about 15 million on the Indian subcontinent. That was long ago, but the agonizing images of 9/11 are manifest before our minds eye as if it took place yesterday. The scars run deep and our emotions are painfully raw. We must move forward.

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 | 11:36 AM

Healing, Hope and Humanity: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Several weeks ago I was visiting my doctor. On entering the small waiting room, a three-year-old child playing in the corner looked up at me and exclaimed to his mother "Mom -- there is the bad guy."

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 | 08:41 PM

Of Naysayers and Quibblers

How many people were at Anandpur on Vaisakhi 1699? Hard to say! Do you really think the number was only in the hundreds?

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 | 12:49 PM

August 15: India’s Shackles, Old and New

History tells us that on August 15, 1947, India became independent of the British after 200 years of colonization. We think the only glue that unites India today - the patina that gives India its unified entity - is Bollywood - the mind-numbing film industry that corresponds in function and impact to the role of opium in pre-modern China. How then should we Sikhs mark the occasion of another independence day in India?

Sunday, Aug 14, 2011 | 10:08 AM


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