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Yogi Bhajan's Dharma and the First Trial

In the following interview, Connie Elsberg, anthropology and sociology professor at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia, discusses Yogi Bhajan's dharma and the first trial between the religious leaders and the business leaders of his empire. Her publications include 'Graceful Women: Gender and Identity in an American Sikh Community' (2003) and several articles on Sikh Dharma.

Friday, Aug 12, 2011 | 05:27 PM

Hell on Utoya

I woke up. I can not sleep more. I'm sitting in the living room. Feeling grief, anger, happiness, God, I do not know what. There are too many emotions. There are too many thoughts. I'm afraid. I react to the slightest sound. I will write about what happened on Utoya. What my eyes saw, what I felt, what I did. The words come straight from the liver, but I would also anonymize many names out of respect for my friends.

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 | 02:07 PM

What is a Just War, and How to Fight One

The Gurus were not pacifists, nor are the Sikhs, but Sikhi exemplifies certain conditions for rebellion and war. A moral revolution precedes resistance, rebellion and war. Non-violent methods of conflict resolution must be exhausted. You do not go looking for war. It must be thrust upon you.

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 | 12:05 PM

Appeal to UN on Imminent Execution

We are writing to you on behalf of the World Sikh Council – America Region, which is concerned that there has been a grave injustice carried out on the judgment in reference to Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar.

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 | 11:41 AM

Fissures and Fractures

I, like many Sikhs, also rue the news that we often make about the operations of gurduaras, particularly in North America. I won’t dwell on this but surely readers will acknowledge that many of the 200 North American gurduaras are significantly dysfunctional. The key issue appears to be purely a management dispute that often gets couched in the language of loyalty to doctrine, tradition and definition of a Sikh.

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 | 10:41 PM

Jawala Singh, a Unique Ghadri Baba

Baba Jawala Singh, also known as Santa Singh, was a unique personality. Known as the Potato King, he founded scholarships at the University of Calfornia at Berkeley, he was granthi of the Stockton gurdwara, first vice president of the Hindustan Ghadar Party for independent India, and president of the Kisan Sabha of Punjab, a peasant union.

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 | 06:30 PM

Honoring Guru Arjan: A Sikh Celebration of the Will of God

Sikhs will venture out on this day in June, as they have done for hundreds of years, to set up roadside stalls in neighborhoods across India -- and now across the world as well.

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 | 04:46 PM

Butterflies for Bhullar

As Sikhs all over the world were becoming solemn about the 27th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, they found themselves rudely awoken on the morning of May 26 about the pending execution of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar.

Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 | 11:56 PM

June 1984 Beckons... Yet Again?

It’s that time of the year again that I wish I could forget. I wish someone would cancel the month of June – just erase it out of memory and existence. Someone would then also have to wipe out a decade or longer of modern India’s history.

Friday, Jun 03, 2011 | 08:00 PM

Sikh Tiger Moms, a Dad's Perspective

"Mom has the same solution for everything," my daughter - now 18 years old - complained to me once when she was in her early teens. Anticipating the answer, I had asked, "And, pray, what might that be?"

Friday, May 27, 2011 | 03:43 PM


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