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Tough Times for Bay Area Punjabis

By Jaski Singh, Feb 13, 2011 6:20 PM

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According to an article in Sade Lok, about 75 percent of Punjabi homeowners in the Bay Area are behind on their mortgage payments. Many have had their homes repossessed by banks.

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Sikhs Should Always Expect Airport Pat-Downs, Civil Rights Group Warns

By Jaski Singh, Feb 9, 2011 1:10 PM

The Sikh Coalition is warning Sikh Americans that they should always expect to undergo secondary screening at U.S. airports because the new Advanced Imaging Technology machines cannot see through the layers of a turban, reports Sade Lok newspaper.

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Mercury News Apologizes to Sikh Community

By Jaski Singh, Dec 22, 2010 1:10 AM

The local Sikh community is concerned that a graphic that appeared in a Bay Area English-language newspaper may have sent the wrong message about the origins of the faith, reports Punjabi newspaper Sade Lok.

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Obama Itinerary Change Sets off Speculation Among Bay Area Sikhs

By Jaski Singh, Nov 8, 2010 2:30 PM

President Obama’s first trip to India, where he is expected to arrive Saturday, stirred up controversy among Sikh Americans even before it began.

First came reports that he was going to visit the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines, in Amritsar. Then the White House announced that that was off the itinerary, leading to much speculation in Punjabi media like the Amritsar Times and Sade Lok.

Bay Area Sikhs say they are especially disappointed since the California Assembly has designated November Sikh Awareness Month.

Sukirat Kaur, a junior at James Logan High School in Union City, was amused at media reports that the decision may have had to do with the requirement that all visitors to the temple cover their head with a cloth or scarf. Some speculated that Obama was worried that pictures of him with his head covered would feed into rumors that he was a Muslim. Many Sikhs believe they have been targeted in hate crimes since 9/11 precisely because people conflate the traditional turban and beard worn by Sikh men with that of Osama bin Laden.

But Dalip Singh, a Bay Area classical music teacher, notes that non-Sikhs may wear a cap or hat to enter the temple, according to the head priest of the Akal Takht, the Sikh religious authority.

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Sikh Temple Debates Membership

By Jaski Singh, Sep 1, 2010 10:05 AM

San Jose's Sikh gurdwara, or temple, is embroiled in controversy about who should be allowed to vote in the temple’s affairs, reports The Amritsar Times. The temple’s managing committee is elected by the members and the bylaws state that anyone who is over 18, follows the Sikh philosophy and believes in the Sikh holy book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, can become a member.

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Opening Up Indian History in San Francisco

By Jaski Singh, Jul 27, 2010 4:30 PM

Not many people know there’s an important piece of India’s revolutionary history in the middle of San Francisco.

At 5 Wood Street, not far from the Indian consulate, stands Ghadar Memorial Hall, a modest, little-known building that was the head office of the Ghadar Party, an organization founded by Indian immigrants in 1913 to liberate India from British rule.