Archive for December, 2007

This seminar is at Glen Rock Gurdwara. Check it out yo. I’ll be there.

  • Filed under: Sikh Awareness
  • UN Headquarters, New York City. UNITED SIKHS has become the first Sikh advocacy, humanitarian relief and human development Non Governmental Organization (NGO) to be associated with the United Nations, through its Department of Public Information (DPI).

    In a letter addressed to UNITED SIKHS, dated 12th December, the head of the NGO section of DPI, Juan Carlos Brandt, said, “The committee on NGOs met in December…and I am pleased to inform you that the committee approved UNITED SIKHS for association with the department, effective immediately.”

  • Filed under: United Sikhs
  • New Site Design

    So I’m playing with some new stylesheets. Your comments? Let me know what you think…

  • Filed under: News
  • Video: In God’s Name, CBS Feature

    Hey check it out, a sneak preview of a CBS documentary featuring religious leaders of all faiths. United Sikhs was involved in fashioning the Sikh aspects of the video, which include an interview with the jathedar of the Akal Takhat, Singh Sahib Giani Joginder Singh.

    IN GOD’S NAME, a CBS primetime special produced in association with the acclaimed French filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet (”9/11″), will explore the complex questions of our time through the intimate thoughts and beliefs of 12 of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders. It will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 23 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

    Over the years, SALDEF has been organizing police training sessions. Kudos to all involved!

    Year-Long Campaign Trains Entire Boston Police Force

    Washington, D.C. - December 11, 2007: The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s oldest and largest Sikh American civil rights organization, concluded a highly successful year-long campaign to train the entire Boston Police Department (BPD) on Sikh religious practices. The over 3,000 BPD officers join the 95,000 trained by SALDEF across the nation.

    Full Story.

    The UK Television Program “Desi DNA” recently featured a deep-dive on Gatka, the Sikh Martial art. Gatka combines spirituality with discipline and melds strength with wisdom. It is one of the reasons I love Sikhi–you’re supposed to be both mentally and physically strong, and use that strength to help people. The clip features The Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara, a group I had the opportunity to train with in September 2005 at the West Coast Sikh Youth Alliance Summer Camp. I have a distinct memory of grappling with a fellow trainee while tumbling down a steep hill in driving rain and the pain of getting punched in the abs and face repeatedly, while being totally covered in mud. And I am stronger for it. I warn you though, the beginning of the video is a little silly.

    Many great quotes from the video, for example:
    “You’ve got the spirit of a warrior, and the soul of a saint.” - Tejji Bhaaji

    Video: Meet the Sikhs

    Another good “Sikh Awareness” video that was recently approved as supplemental material for all California Public Schools.

    “Meet the Sikhs” is a short video, produced in 2005 by the Public Broadcasting station KVIE (TV Channels 6 & 7, Sacramento). It was telecast by the KVIE numerous times. After a successful Legal and Social review in 2006, the video was included in the list of approved Supplemental Instructional Materials for California’s Public Schools. Dr. David Hosley, the General Manager of the KVIE, kindly agreed that the video may be used for educational purposes free of charge.

    Folks, I knew Navneet when he was just a regular guy. After rocketing to the international stage in recent years through dedicated sewa, he’s now adding another notch to his belt by becoming one of the best and brightest leaders in America. Congratulations Navneet! Whether you like it or not, you are a role model for all Americans. Keep rockin’ the house!

    Sikh selected as Georgia’s Top 40 - The ‘Best and the Brightest Leaders in America’
    Wednesday 12th of December 2007
    Tania Kaur, United Sikhs

    Queens, New York, USA – Navneet Singh Narula, a volunteer and Director of United Sikhs settled in Atlanta USA, is no stranger to winning top honors and awards. In the rarefied air of Fortune 100 global business, where conformity is the norm, Narula has set himself apart as a top corporate executive for one of the world’s largest management and IT consulting firm and stands tall as an authority on business leadership, corporate citizenship and a community service leader in America.


    Here’s a “Biblical” justification for why Sikhs wear a turban. I believe this is quoted out of the book, “The Turban and the Sword.” Correct me if I’m wrong. (Someone forwarded it to me, unattributed.)

    He put the turban upon his head and set the gold rosette as symbol of holy dedication on the front of the turban as the Lord had commanded him. Moses then took the anointing oil, anointed the Tabernacle, and all that was within it and consecrated it. (Leviticus 8,9)


    So I’m trying something new. Sikhswim has been around for a few months and we’ve covered a lot of different topics, but I want to find out what interests you. What topics would you like to see Sikhswim cover? Do you want more research done on a particular issue? Well if you have some inspired ideas or questions you want answered, submit them below. As a bit of an incentive, a random entrant in the next couple weeks wins a copy of Patwant Singh’s “The Sikhs” delivered to your door by Amazon. It’s actually a rather expensive book so this is a great prize. Enter the contest below:

    The goal here is to find just one idea to focus on, but a whole set to keep us all entertained for months.

  • Filed under: News