Sikhism News

Sikh group lauds USCIRF for recognising violation against them

Obama's visit to India in Jan 2015, SFJ had petitioned Barack Obama with 100,000 asking him to raise the issue with the government.

In Punjab, Sangh works for ‘return’ to Sikhism as well; SAD fumes

RSS and its affiliates claim to have helped some 8,000 people ‘return home’ in the last three years.


Govt committed to welfare of all sections: Badal

Terming socialism as an integral part of Sikhism,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that in line with the philosophy of great gurus,saints and seers,the state government was committed to the overall welfare of all sections of society.

Did ‘vast research’ on Sikhism: J K Rowling

Press Trust of India London,September 28 Celebrated author J K Rowling,whose latest book has a Sikh family at the heart of a fictional village in south-west England called Pagford,says she did a “vast amount of research” on Sikhism — and it shows in the book titled ‘The Casual Vacancy.’ Answering questions from journalists and others at a book-reading event at the Southbank Centre here last night,Rowling,47,said that when she was in her mid-twenties she knew a Sikh woman who sparked her interest in Sikhism. It remained with her all along,so the only non-white family in the book “had to be Sikhs”,she said. Rowling said she was particularly struck by the egalitarian principles of the religion,and wove in a Sikh family as one of the central features of the book published by Little,Brown Book Group (RPT Little,Brown Book Group). “I wanted the Sikh family at the heart of Pagford,and I wanted them to be second generation Britons. So they are insiders and outsiders simultaneously. In the book,it is Sikhism that provides religious morality,not the Church of England,which is represented by an empty church,” Rowling said. Early Indian-origin readers of the book released yesterday morning said they were impressed by the way the Sikh family and Sikhism had been treated in the book. The book devotes considerable attention to Guru Nanak,Guru Granth Sahib,Khalsa,and the “night-time prayer,kirtan sohila.” London-based media consultant Mimmy Jain,who grew up in Punjab,told PTI: “I was happily surprised to find that JK Rowling had done her research pretty well. There are no Hindu-Muslim or North-South name mismatches of the kind that make me shudder in the work of most Western authors who want to add a bit of curry to their books.” She added: “I liked her treatment of Sukhwinder,the only one in a high achieving family who is stuck because she is dyslexic. Of course,it’s the parts about the kids — all of them — that really stand out in the book.” The book has received mixed early reviews,while the jury is out whether Rowling has succeeded in switching from the literary genre of children books to a novel explicitly marketed as one for adults. She said she welcomed legitimate criticism,but it all “depends on who is writing the reviews.”

Cops consult expert on material found at Barapind’s house

Having booked the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member and president of the Akali Dal Panch Pardhani Kulbir Singh Barapind under sedition charges,the Jalandhar police is only now consulting an expert on whether the materials recovered from Barapind’s home are grounds for the sedition charges.

California to sign into law pro-Sikh legislations

California Governor Edmund Brown would sign into law the two legislations protecting the rights of the Sikhs in the State and including information about the religion in high school curriculum.


Strike has no effect on liquor vends auction

While most of the city’s businesses remained shut,this auction witnessed a resounding response from the bidders.

It’s a joke,stupid!

Why do Indians love to take offence?

Women from West move heart and home to Holy City

The reported marriage of Alexandra Aitken,daughter of former Tory minister Jonathan Aitken,to ‘Nihang’ Inderjot Singh is the latest instance of a woman from the West seeking bliss in Sikhism.

Muslim birth rate falls,population to grow more slowly

Falling birth rates will slow the world's Muslim population growth over the next two decades.