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Sikh councilman inspired by Obama beat the odds

Hoboken, NY: President Obama was his inspiration. It was after Obama was elected the United States’ first black President that Ravinder Singh Bhalla decided Hoboken was ready to elect its first Sikh councilman. “That election made me believe the country has reached a phase where qualifications matter more than race,” said Bhalla, 36, who, according to the Sikh Coalition, is ...

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Yuba City Mayor-Elect Makes History

Yuba city, California: Jagtar Gill’s eyes shone Tuesday as he spoke about the pride he has for his son. A college graduate, a banker and now mayor of Yuba City, Kash Gill is the first and only one in his family to be in politics. The success of his motto — “dare to dream” — is a sign anyone can ...

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Sikh students adjust to life at San Jose University

San Jose, California: When he first came to this country from his native Punjab 15 months ago, it didn’t take long for SJSU student Gurjaspal Singh to get a feeling of people in the United States. An hour before he was about to board an airplane heading to San Diego from Chicago, he discovered he had lost his passport. “If ...

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Bay Area Sikhs launch BART ads in Oakland, SF to remember pogrom

San Francisco, California: A nonprofit Sikh organization launched a BART poster campaign this month in hopes that a photograph of an elderly crying woman will spur mainstream riders to learn more about the massacre of people in India 25 years ago. The 20-poster, $10,000-campaign on BART stations in San Francisco and Oakland is spearheaded by the Fremont-based Ensaaf group, said co-director Jaskaran Kaur. Ads appeared Nov. 2, and will last a month. The campaign is in honor of the 25th anniversary of pogroms against Sikhs in India.

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Ragi Darshan Twitters and gets caught in his own web

New York, USA: Prof. Darshan Singh Ragi has recently surrounded himself in controversy after narrating a fictitious story which he falsely claimed appeared in Dasam Granth. While doing kirtan on 23rd August at Rochester, New York, Ragi said, “Guru Gobind Singh went to the den of a prostitute in the middle of the night. He removed his robe and sat ...

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