Month: August 2012

The Takeaway: Sikh Outreach at the RNC

The Takeaway: Sikh Outreach at the RNC

Recently, I checked in with The Takeaway to talk about the RNC’s decision to invite Ishwar Singh to lead the convention in prayer. Click on the link below to listen as we discuss whether the inclusion of Sikhs at the RNC for the first time was hollow […]

Is Sikh-Led Prayer at RNC a Hollow Gesture?

Is Sikh-Led Prayer at RNC a Hollow Gesture?

Published on CNN. The Republican National Convention will make history Wednesday night. Ishwar Singh, wearing a turban and beard, will take the stage and lead thousands of conservatives in prayer. For the first time in U.S. history, a Sikh American will give the invocation at […]

First Lady Sets an Example after Wisconsin Shooting

First Lady Sets an Example after Wisconsin Shooting

Published on CNN. I have spent the past two weeks documenting the aftermath of what could be one of the deadliest racially motivated mass shootings in recent U.S. history. Through a camera lens, I’ve witnessed courage in the face of profound grief: families in Oak […]

President Obama, Come to Oak Creek

President Obama, Come to Oak Creek

Published on CNN. (CNN) — Last Saturday morning, when media crews outside the Sikh gurdwara (house of worship) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, packed up their trucks to chase the news of Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president, Sikh Americans were left reflecting on six days […]

Shooting at Sikh Gurdwara Prompts Call for Storytelling to Bind Us Together

Shooting at Sikh Gurdwara Prompts Call for Storytelling to Bind Us Together

Published on The Washington Post. Sixteen days ago, a gunman opened fire in a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis. One of the victims, Punjab Singh, is still fighting for his life in a Milwaukee hospital. I had never met him before, but when I […]

Tragedy Returns to Oak Creek

Tragedy Returns to Oak Creek

Published on Salon. On Wednesday night, Dalbir Singh was closing his store when three masked people approached and opened gunfire. He was shot in the head and died instantly. This crime fits the profile of thousands of failed attempted robberies in the U.S., except that […]

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My Trip to the Sikh Community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

My Trip to the Sikh Community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

In the last week, I witnessed the pain and terrible grief of these children and their families who lost their mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts in the massacre. But I also witnessed a multifaith movement for justice help the Sikh community find the courage to rise […]

Sikhs Deserve the Dignity of Being a Statistic

Sikhs Deserve the Dignity of Being a Statistic

Published on The Washington Post. In the aftermath of the mass shooting in a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis., a sea of reporters have asked many Sikh leaders and activists to quantify how many Sikhs had been targeted in hate crimes and murders since […]

America after the Sikh Temple Shooting

America after the Sikh Temple Shooting

Published on Common Ground News Service. Oak Creek, Wisconsin – On Friday, I participated in a memorial for the victims of the 4 August shooting in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I am a third-generation Sikh American, and as the ceremony drew to […]