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August 14, 2012
Re "Sending a sinister message," Opinion, Aug. 10 It was not "CNN and other news media" that sent the sinister message that Sikhs are not Muslims; it was Scott Alexander, author of the article, who dubiously inferred that the media did so and then blamed them for the "insidious subtext" that it's OK to kill Muslims. Well, hidden subtexts are in the eye of the interpreter. Rather, the news reports, including one in The Times, were trying to explain why the alleged white supremacist might have killed the Sikhs by mistake - a mistake as far as he was concerned.
April 13, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Raised on his father's and grandfather's tales of military service in India, Amitoj Chhabra wanted nothing more than to follow in their footsteps and join the U.S. Air Force. "I dreamt it. I slept it. It was all I ever thought about 24/7," Chhabra recalled. But the dream died before he even reached boot camp. When he tried to enlist, Chhabra, a Sikh from Reno, was told that his long hair and beard, which Sikhs are religiously mandated to keep unshorn, collided with Air Force grooming requirements.
August 6, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Sikh leaders on Monday condemned the weekend shootings at their temple, the latest in a growing number of attacks against Sikhs since Islamic fundamentalists struck at the United States in 2001. Sikhs are not Muslims but apparently have been targeted because the men wear turbans, advocates said. “At this point, we're not prepared to say whether this is a hate crime, or a random act of violence. That remains to be seen,” Bhupinder Saindi, a member of the temple congregation, said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
December 10, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A Washington man who attacked a Sikh cabdriver, beating him until he suffered kidney failure, will go to prison for more than three years for committing a federal hate crime. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour in Seattle sentenced Jamie Larson to 40 months in prison for yelling racial slurs and beating taxi driver Kashmira Hothi. Larson, 50, admitted that he attacked Hothi, a Sikh from India, because he believed Hothi was of Middle Eastern descent. In court Tuesday, Coughenour called the defendant's conduct "absolutely unacceptable.
August 9, 2012 | By Steve Padilla
The recent slayings at a Sikh temple, allegedly committed by a white supremacist, no doubt have prompted moments of private reflection, perhaps prayer. A coalition of religious leaders now argues that such moments, though admirable, are not enough - that extreme violence demands unified expressions of grief. “This is a time for public mourning and public lament,” said Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Hanson, joining other religious leaders in a teleconference with reporters Thursday, said that “we have underestimated” the power and value of public lamentation.
August 6, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal
OAK CREEK, Wisc. -- A discharged Army veteran and racist advocate of white power acted alone when he attacked a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee and killed six people, officials said Monday. At a news conference in Wisconsin, local and federal officials formally named the shooter as Wade Michael Page, 40, who served more than six years in the Army until he was separated with a less than honorable discharge. Page had been demoted in rank from sergeant, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
September 9, 1987 | United Press International
Sikh militants armed with assault rifles ambushed an Indian army jeep on patrol in northern Punjab state, killing three officers and seriously wounding four others, police said Tuesday.
March 12, 1985 | Associated Press
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's government ordered the release Monday of eight senior Sikh leaders who had been in jail for the past nine months, an official announcement said.
May 7, 1985 | United Press International
Hindu mobs attacked Sikhs and set fire to their shops today in the first major religious violence to rock northern India since the murder of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi last October. Officials in Punjab state said a 24-hour curfew was imposed on the village of Dhariwal, about 250 miles north of New Delhi and 40 miles northeast of Amritsar, to end the strife. The violence was sparked by the slayings Monday of two Hindus by suspected Sikh extremists.
January 25, 1988 | From Reuters
The Press Trust of India said Sunday that Bhupinder Singh, alleged by police to be an area commander of the Sikhs' separatist Khalistan Commando Force, bit a cyanide capsule and died just after he was arrested in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.
December 3, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The second suspected gunman who allegedly opened fire at a Sikh sports event in Sacramento County has been caught in India five years after the fatal shooting, the FBI announced. Amandeep Singh Dhami, 28, went on the run after the August 2008 attack at the Gurmukh Singh Johal Memorial Tournament, according to the FBI. One person -- 26-year-old Parmjit Pamma Singh -- died in the shooting, and several more were injured. Spectators were able to hold down the other shooter -- 28-year-old Gurpreet Singh Gosal -- until Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, some of them using hockey sticks and cricket bats, the Sacramento Bee reported.
November 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Amardeep Singh is a typical American guy -- born in New Jersey, raised by a soccer mom, die-hard Yankees fan, player of fantasy football, married with two kids, attorney. Yet almost every time he travels, he said, he is pulled over by TSA agents for a secondary screening. Why? Singh is Sikh. For religious reasons, he wears a turban. And the turban makes TSA agents nervous. Most times he flies, said Singh, agents pat down his turban and swab his hands for traces of chemicals.
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.
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.
July 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime after the word "terrorist" was spray-painted on the walls surrounding a Sikh temple in Riverside. The vandalism occurred sometime overnight Monday at the Riverside Gurdwara in the 7900 block of Mission Boulevard, said Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez. Investigators are treating it as a hate crime unless their inquiry reveals otherwise, he said. Martinez said the department has notified other agencies, including the FBI. High priest Anantvirr Singh told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that although graffiti had been written on the walls "many, many times," this latest incident was the first he considered hate speech.
July 11, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Longer than three hours, it's more marathon than sprint, but director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's epic "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" (Run, Milkha, Run) - about India's legendary track-and-field star Milkha Singh, nicknamed "The Flying Sikh" - is often an engrossing example of the sweeping, stirring biography. Played by an ab-chiseled, grimacing and judiciously ebullient Farhan Akhtar, Singh is a man born of tragedy, grit and achievement: Orphaned by religious riots during the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, he found his athletic calling in the army, eventually setting 400-meter world records and representing India at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
June 10, 2013 | By Mark Magnier and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Outsiders may have trouble distinguishing between the turbans worn by Afghan Sikhs, with their tighter folds, varied colors and tucked-in edges, and those worn by Afghan Muslims, usually black or white with the end hanging down the wearer's back. The subtle differences, however, and what they represent, have fueled widespread discrimination against Afghan Sikhs, members of the community say, prompting many to move away amid concern that the once-vibrant group could disappear.
May 8, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- An 82 year-old Sikh man was beaten with a steel pipe outside a Fresno temple in what police believe is a hate crime, setting the Central Valley's well-established Sikh community on edge.  Piara Singh, strong for his age and universally known as baba-ji  -- Punjabi for grandfather -- spends the nights at Nanaksar Sikh Temple to watch over the grounds and the preparation of the free daily meals that Sikh temples traditionally serve to...
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