Archive for May, 2008

To Forgive is Divine

A great report on the Sukhvir Singh case by KCTS featuring good friend of Sikh Swim, Hardeep Singh. Check it out below!

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  • Filed under: Hate Crimes, Videos
  • Sikh Boy’s Turban Set on Fire

    patkaThis happened only a couple towns over from where I currently live and where I grew up, so I’m particularly shocked by this. Lighting another student on fire is unbelieveable, and lighting a student’s turban on fire is even harder to imagine.

    The school has already taken steps to resolve the situation — including the permanent dismissal of the perpetrator. The Sikh Coalition is to be applauded for its quick action in this case.

    Princeton Packet: High school incident sparks national attention

    Newsday: Sikh group wants anti-bias action after turban set afire

    Hightstown teen accused of setting fire to student’s turban dismissed from school

    The last time something like this happened, it was in Marlboro, NJ. Here’s the Sikh Coalition’s summary of it, and here’s a decent article about it: Speaker offers insight to ancient Sikh religion –
    Incident at Marlboro Middle School prompts lesson for student leaders.
    I’d certainly be happy to help in any way I can.

    Update 6/9/08: Looks like the perpetrator was permanently dismissed from the school and charged with a hate crime. Click for more details.

    malvinder and shivinder singh on forbes

    I think the title says it all, but let me just add one thing — net worth $2.5B. :) Congrats to Malvinder and Shivinder! I randomly found them while browsing the list. You can read more detail on them at the following pages:

    Forbes: #462

    Forbes: Slideshow of Youngest Billionaires

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  • Chronicles of a Sikh Pilot

    Anandeep Singh is one of the coolest Sikhs I met while I worked in the Seattle area. He’s a private pilot, and he also happens to be a sardar. He recently started documenting his experience at his blog, Anandeep Pannu’s Flying Adventures. Check it out, and if you’re nice to him, maybe he’ll give you a ride as well. :)

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  • Kamal Nath at Northwestern — Oops!

    On Saturday May 10, 2008, accused murderous mob leader Kamal Nath spoke at Northwestern University.

    The nationally renowned Sikh Coalition notified its members and encouraged them to write to Northwestern’s administration (which I did). Sikhtoons posted this take on the situation.

    So what’s the deal? How did we get here? Various human rights organizations report Kamal Nath as being a key facilitator in the 1984 pogroms, where thousands of innocent Sikhs were killed. Sanjay Suri, a journalist, reported Kamal Nath’s presence controlling the crowd that attacked Gurudwara Rakab Ganj. You can see the details in a report produced by Ensaaf. Click here for the report, and just search it for Kamal Nath (pages 54, 72, 104, 127).

    So why isn’t Kamal Nath behind bars? This case reminded me of a NYTimes article I read 8 years ago. Read it!

    In India the Wheels of Justice Hardly Move
    By BARRY BEARAK
    Published: June 1, 2000
    Way back when or, to be more precise, way, way, way back when — an illiterate meat cutter, Abdul Waheed, filed a lawsuit against his next-door-neighbor, a stubborn milk merchant named Mohammad Nanhe.

    The article talks about how tiny cases take many decades to resolve. Just imagine how long it would take to resolve a case involving a powerful politician!

    Organizations like Ensaaf (the word translates to Justice) are doing everything in their power to make sure justice is served. That’s all we as citizens of the world can want — a justice system that works. And of course, it is our duty to protect “justice for all,” which is what makes America so great.

    For more information, I encourage you to see the movie Amu. The Indian censor board cut 6 lines of dialog from the film, saying, “Why should young people know a history that is best forgotten?”

    Finally, the Chicago Tribune’s Mandy Brachear has this post on the story.

    Noor Nissan Productions is searching for cast members for its upcoming film “The Sixth River.” The group has a great track record of producing positive works that portray the challenges facing Sikhs today. Their first major film, Kambdi Kalaai, achieved its goal of “exploring how faith and human relationships mingle together to create an everlasting impact on the human psyche.” If you’re up for it, email sixthriver [at] gmail.com or fill out the audition form. I acted in a few high school and college productions — maybe I should try this out? ;)

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  • Jaideep Singh is managing director of ZS Associates. Thanks Jay Paul Singh for the tip, who writes: “…his presence and involvement in the pharma world helps young pharma sardars like me!” Adding this to the ‘role model’ category. ;)

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  • Vaisakhi Mela @ Sikh Sabha Gurdwara

    May 3, 2008
    11:00 amto4:00 pm

    Hey, check out this nice flyer for the Mela at Sikh Sabha on May 3. I’ll be there teaching kids how to juggle. (Not kidding).sikh-sabha-vaisakhi-mela-flyer.jpg

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