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April Is “Sikh Awareness Month” In Illinois: Indian American Congressman

Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned there was an increase in hate crimes in opposition to the Sikh-American group.


Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has entered an announcement into the Congressional report to recognise April as ‘Sikh appreciation and consciousness month’ in his dwelling state of Illinois.

Underscoring the significance of the popularity, Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned there was a disturbing rise in hate crimes and violent acts perpetrated in opposition to the Sikh-American group.

“Madam Speaker, today I rise to recognise the month of April as “Sikh appreciation and consciousness month” in my dwelling state of Illinois,” Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned in an announcement submitted into Congressional report.

This recognition, he mentioned, is well timed, given the disturbing rise in hate crimes and violent acts perpetrated in opposition to Sikh-Americans, most just lately on April 15 at a Federal Express facility positioned in Indianapolis by which 4 Sikhs, together with three girls, had been killed.

The first followers of the Sikh faith emigrated to the United States over 125 years in the past, the place they discovered work on farms positioned in California and within the lumber mills of Washington state, he mentioned.

Despite struggling persecution and discrimination, these patriotic Sikh-Americans persevered and located methods to take part in civic life, together with service within the United States Army, he added.

“In 1918, Sergeant Bhagat Singh Thind was the primary serviceman within the historical past of the United States Army allowed to put on a turban as a part of his army uniform. Sikh-Americans continued to proudly serve with distinction within the Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, and in our conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned.

In addition to army service, Sikh-Americans have made numerous contributions to our widespread good, he mentioned.

“They embrace scientists like Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany, who’s broadly often known as the ‘father of fiber optic know-how” and Dr. Gurtej Singh Sandhu, one of many world’s most prolific inventors. They embrace artists and musicians like Grammy nominee Snatam Kaur Khalsa, and activist and award-winning filmmaker Valarie Kaur,” Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned.

“They embrace entrepreneurs like Waris Ahluwalia, an actor, mannequin, and businessman. And they embrace women and men known as to public service like Dalip Singh Saund, who in 1957 grew to become the primary Asian-American, Indian-American, and member of a non-Abrahamic religion to be elected to serve on this House of Representatives,” he added.

During this month of appreciation for Sikh-Americans, Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned he desires to formally recognise the contributions of the greater than 7,00,000 members of the United States Sikh group to enterprise, the humanities, science, drugs, literature and philosophy.

“Additionally, I ask all Americans to take to coronary heart the Sikh faith’s perception within the sanctity of every particular person, respect for freedom of faith, and creed that group service is the inspiration for dwelling a superb life,” he mentioned. 

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