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August 26, 2000 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, two barefoot men dressed in white clothing and turbans approach the door of a bedroom inside the Sikh Gurdwara of Los Angeles, the largest Sikh temple in Southern California. The men briefly bow, hands pressed together in a sign of respect, and then quietly walk into the small room where there is a four-poster bed, a vase of flowers on a wooden stand and a set of drawers.
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September 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A Columbia University professor who is Sikh was beaten and injured by a pack of men on bicycles near New York City's Central Park over the weekend, raising concerns once again about Sikhs' and Muslims' vulnerability to hate crimes in the United States. Dr. Prabhjot Singh, 31, told reporters Monday that he heard his attackers say, "Get him!" in addition to calling him "Osama" and "terrorist," apparently mistaking him for a Muslim. Sikhism is a separate religion. “I felt somebody grab my beard while on a bike, hit my chin," said Singh, who is an assistant professor of international and public affairs as well as a practicing physician in East Harlem.
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August 6, 2012 | Times wire reports
Sikhism is a monotheistic faith founded more than 500 years ago in South Asia. It has about 27 million followers worldwide, most of whom live in India. There are about 500,000 Sikhs in the U.S. Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often wear turbans — which are considered sacred — and refrain from shaving their beards. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak Dev and follows the teachings of a series of gurus. " 'Guru' means a leader who takes a person from darkness to light, meaning from ignorance to knowledge," said Surinderpal Singh Karla, a delegate of the World Sikh Council and a congregant of a Sikh temple in suburban Chicago.
OPINION
August 3, 2013 | By Arjun Sethi
It's been a year since Wade Michael Page opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Since then, some basic facts about Page have come to light. We now know that he was involved with white supremacy groups and that he was the founding member and vocalist for a neo-Nazi band. A former soldier, he had been heard to disparage Muslims, calling them "towel heads. " Even Page's body served as a temple for his racist beliefs, bearing a tattoo of the number "14. " Among white supremacists, this stands for a 14-word credo coined by one of their heroes, David Lane: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Families anxiously waited to learn who lived and who died during a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday.  At least three men remain in critical condition.  "One is in surgical intensive care, one is in the operating room and one is in the emergency room," Froedtert Hospital spokeswoman Beth Strohbusch told the Chicago Tribune. According to police, local media reports and witness accounts, a gunman attacked the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek shortly after 10 a.m. CT. Four died inside the building and three died outside, including the shooter, who exchanged gunfire with the first police officer to arrive on the scene.  PHOTOS: Gunman opened fire at Sikh temple The officer, a 20-year veteran, was hit several times but is expected to live, police said.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A Columbia University professor who is Sikh was beaten and injured by a pack of men on bicycles near New York City's Central Park over the weekend, raising concerns once again about Sikhs' and Muslims' vulnerability to hate crimes in the United States. Dr. Prabhjot Singh, 31, told reporters Monday that he heard his attackers say, "Get him!" in addition to calling him "Osama" and "terrorist," apparently mistaking him for a Muslim. Sikhism is a separate religion. “I felt somebody grab my beard while on a bike, hit my chin," said Singh, who is an assistant professor of international and public affairs as well as a practicing physician in East Harlem.
OPINION
August 3, 2013 | By Arjun Sethi
It's been a year since Wade Michael Page opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Since then, some basic facts about Page have come to light. We now know that he was involved with white supremacy groups and that he was the founding member and vocalist for a neo-Nazi band. A former soldier, he had been heard to disparage Muslims, calling them "towel heads. " Even Page's body served as a temple for his racist beliefs, bearing a tattoo of the number "14. " Among white supremacists, this stands for a 14-word credo coined by one of their heroes, David Lane: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Sikh temple was defaced with graffiti attacking its members with racial slurs and obscenities, officials said. The Gurdwara Sahib temple in Fresno was targeted by vandals over the weekend. Last year, vandals attacked the temple five nights in a row with paint and firecrackers that ultimately set fire to the rear of the building. The Fresno area is home to about 30,000 Sikhs, according to Harjinder Dhillon, president of the Sikh Assn. of Fresno.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Top Sikh religious leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who headed Sikhism's highest administrative body, died Thursday in New Delhi after suffering a heart attack, officials said. He was 79. Tohra was president of the Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, or SGPC, the body that administers Sikh religious and cultural institutions worldwide. He had held the post 26 times since 1960. Religious groups heavily influence politics in Punjab state, where Sikhs are a majority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
On a busy sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles, Birpal Kaur threaded her way through a stream of women with perfectly shaped eyebrows. She occasionally reached up to smooth her own — dark, bushy and untamed, hinting at a unibrow. For six months, the 28-year-old Sikh had resisted the urge to have her brows groomed, as she had regularly done in the past. For observant Sikhs, the body is a gift to be honored by leaving it in its natural state. Maintaining kesh , or hair, is one of the five articles of faith as ordered by the 10th guru.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2012 | Times wire reports
Sikhism is a monotheistic faith founded more than 500 years ago in South Asia. It has about 27 million followers worldwide, most of whom live in India. There are about 500,000 Sikhs in the U.S. Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often wear turbans — which are considered sacred — and refrain from shaving their beards. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak Dev and follows the teachings of a series of gurus. " 'Guru' means a leader who takes a person from darkness to light, meaning from ignorance to knowledge," said Surinderpal Singh Karla, a delegate of the World Sikh Council and a congregant of a Sikh temple in suburban Chicago.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Families anxiously waited to learn who lived and who died during a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday.  At least three men remain in critical condition.  "One is in surgical intensive care, one is in the operating room and one is in the emergency room," Froedtert Hospital spokeswoman Beth Strohbusch told the Chicago Tribune. According to police, local media reports and witness accounts, a gunman attacked the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek shortly after 10 a.m. CT. Four died inside the building and three died outside, including the shooter, who exchanged gunfire with the first police officer to arrive on the scene.  PHOTOS: Gunman opened fire at Sikh temple The officer, a 20-year veteran, was hit several times but is expected to live, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
On a busy sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles, Birpal Kaur threaded her way through a stream of women with perfectly shaped eyebrows. She occasionally reached up to smooth her own — dark, bushy and untamed, hinting at a unibrow. For six months, the 28-year-old Sikh had resisted the urge to have her brows groomed, as she had regularly done in the past. For observant Sikhs, the body is a gift to be honored by leaving it in its natural state. Maintaining kesh , or hair, is one of the five articles of faith as ordered by the 10th guru.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Top Sikh religious leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who headed Sikhism's highest administrative body, died Thursday in New Delhi after suffering a heart attack, officials said. He was 79. Tohra was president of the Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, or SGPC, the body that administers Sikh religious and cultural institutions worldwide. He had held the post 26 times since 1960. Religious groups heavily influence politics in Punjab state, where Sikhs are a majority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Sikh temple was defaced with graffiti attacking its members with racial slurs and obscenities, officials said. The Gurdwara Sahib temple in Fresno was targeted by vandals over the weekend. Last year, vandals attacked the temple five nights in a row with paint and firecrackers that ultimately set fire to the rear of the building. The Fresno area is home to about 30,000 Sikhs, according to Harjinder Dhillon, president of the Sikh Assn. of Fresno.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2000 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, two barefoot men dressed in white clothing and turbans approach the door of a bedroom inside the Sikh Gurdwara of Los Angeles, the largest Sikh temple in Southern California. The men briefly bow, hands pressed together in a sign of respect, and then quietly walk into the small room where there is a four-poster bed, a vase of flowers on a wooden stand and a set of drawers.
OPINION
March 9, 2005
Why all the fuss about governments with a religious bent? A common refrain is that the U.S. is a "Christian nation." Why is an Islamic-based government bad? A Jewish one as is Israel? A Catholic one as Ireland? How about one based on Zoroastrianism or Buddhism, Sikhism or many other religious beliefs? A. Trujillo Escareno Tustin
NEWS
January 19, 1987
Four hundred troops stormed the Golden Temple complex in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab and arrested 78 people in the immediate area, including six Sikh terrorists, police said. Punjab Police Chief Julius F. Ribeiro told reporters the four-hour operation was carried out after a tip that two terrorists of one radical faction had been killed by political opponents.
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