Tag: India

Remembering Legendary Dancer Pandit Chitresh Das

Remembering Legendary Dancer Pandit Chitresh Das

Today, we mourn the sudden loss of Pandit Chitresh Das Ji, legendary dancer and luminary teacher of Kathak, the classical North Indian dance. He died unexpectedly on Sunday morning. It’s difficult to express this sense of tremendous loss and profound gratitude. He gave countless people the gift […]

First-Ever Sikh Prayer at the Pentagon – My Remarks

First-Ever Sikh Prayer at the Pentagon – My Remarks

Published by Huffington Post. The following remarks were delivered at the Pentagon’s first-ever event to commemorate the Sikh faith on April 25, 2014. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain, the program was organized by Major Kalsi, Captain Rattan, Corporal Lamba, and the Sikh Coalition, an organization […]

My Top 10 Moments of 2013

My Top 10 Moments of 2013

Today, families are gathering together around great bonfires in Northern India and around the world to celebrate Lohri, the harvest festival of Punjab. As a girl, I would blink at the growing flames, listen to the pounding of the dhol (drum), and hold my breath as family members […]

DesiClub.com’s Top 50 Coolest Desis of 2013

DesiClub.com’s Top 50 Coolest Desis of 2013

Here it is — the “Top 50 Coolest Desis” of 2013! Congrats to the dizzying array of artists, entrepreneurs and activists who made the list. Surprised and grateful to make the top 10 with brother Prabhjot Singh! When else do we get to be in […]

Underneath the Turban: Why Sikhs Do Not Hide

Underneath the Turban: Why Sikhs Do Not Hide

Published on The Huffington Post. By Valarie Kaur and Simran Jeet Singh Why do we wear turbans?” Nearly every Sikh American who grows up in the U.S. asks their families this question and as two Sikh Americans who maintain our faith, we were no different […]

In Conservation: Sikhism, Islam, and Hinduism

In Conservation: Sikhism, Islam, and Hinduism

Published on The Washington Post. By Vineet Chander, Valarie Kaur and Najeeba Syed-Miller One week after the Sikh shootings in Oak Creek, Americans have learned more about the Sikh community, many for the first time. A brief introduction to Sikhism has caused people to wonder […]

Sikhism in a Nutshell

Sikhism in a Nutshell

Sikhs are half a million strong in the U.S. and belong to the fifth largest organized religion in the world. Our faith was established in 1469 in present-day Northern India and Pakistan. Our first teacher, Guru Nanak, called for devotion to One God, equality between […]

What Would You Say To the President?

What Would You Say To the President?

I’ve just received an invitation from President Obama to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing and reception in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage.  The shock is not wearing off. I’ve asked Sharat to come with me, and both of us are […]

Speaking at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

I wanted to go to the Parliament of the World’s Religions ever since I first heard about it as a high school student studying religion. I would close my eyes and imagine the very first Parliament in Chicago in 1893, when Swami Vivekananda rose to address an American audience for the first time. The crowd wondered if this man from India even spoke English. When he greeted them – “Sisters and Brothers of America!” – the crowd rose to their feet in applause. “Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth,” he said in his famous address. “They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair.”

Crossing East (and West)

In less than 24 hours, I will be on a plane to India. When I began the journey to make Divided We Fall, I promised myself that I would travel to India once it was done and give myself time to explore and think and […]