Entries by Viji Sundaram

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Sikhs and Other Religious Groups Win Workplace Protections

By Viji Sundaram, Aug 28, 2012 3:50 PM

Three cheers to the Sikhs in California for being in the forefront of efforts to get a bill through both chambers in Sacramento that guarantees them some protections if they choose to practice their faith in the workplace. Governor Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign it.

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Vinod Khosla to Donate Half His Fortune to Charity

By Viji Sundaram, May 18, 2011 12:42 PM

“The Giving Pledge,” launched last year by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, has inspired at least 10 U.S. families, including Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and his wife, Neeru, to pledge half of their vast fortune to charity, reports India-West, the San Leandro-based weekly newspaper.

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Shooting of 2 Sikh Men Being Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

By Viji Sundaram, Mar 9, 2011 3:57 PM

Police are investigating the March 4 daytime shooting of two Sikh men in the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove as a possible hate crime. Surinder Singh, 65, died on the spot, while his friend, Germej Atwal, 78, is in critical but stable condition.

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India Protests Electronic Monitoring of Pleasanton Students

By Viji Sundaram, Feb 4, 2011 4:30 PM

The Indian government is protesting electronic monitoring devices that several Indian students have been forced to wear on their ankles to track their movements as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials investigate them.

The students were enrolled in Tri-Valley University (TVU) in Pleasanton, which was shut down by ICE last month, after the school was charged with immigration fraud.

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Hey, Obama--It's Only a Scarf

By Viji Sundaram, Oct 21, 2010 4:45 PM

Just a couple of weeks after the California legislature unanimously approved designating November 2010 as California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month comes the news that President Obama will not be visiting Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, on his upcoming trip to India.

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It's Tough to Be a Muslim Today

By Viji Sundaram, Aug 25, 2010 9:00 PM

Just last week, a young man tried unsuccessfully to get his boarding pass in the New Orleans International Airport from a self-service machine. Damn, I heard him mutter as he walked away from the kiosk and toward an airport agent. “Sir,” the harried agent told him when he asked her for a boarding pass, “you can get it from the machine.” “No I can’t,” he replied somewhat testily. “My name is Hussein.”

For Muslims, since 9/11, their names have become the equivalent of wearing the scarlet letter. Hussein is President Obama’s middle name, and Republicans desperately want the public to believe he is a Muslim. A recent poll indicates that one in five Americans actually do.