Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obama left mentioning Sikhs but Sikhs made it sure they meet Obama

Well what I'm getting on all around and on various Sikh forums irrespective of the fact whether they are social or political all are mentioning about the Mr. Obama's speech at the inaugural.

He said, ""For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers."

Everybody is mentioning about it and long debates are going on but why don't Sikhs are appreciating Mr. Rajwant Singh who made it sure that he should meet Obama.

This is what I got to read

Joshua Dubois, the man heading up religious outreach for the presidential transition team, put together the clergy guest list but left out the Sikhs. The omission nettled Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education to the point that he contacted Mr. Dubois, asking for tickets to the service.

Wearing a bright yellow turban, Mr. Singh showed up at the cathedral at 6:20 a.m. to be sure to get a seat on the front row in the north transcept facing the new president.

"We have a lot of work to do to educate our leaders," he said. "Obama mentioned Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and non-believers in his inaugural speech but not Sikhs. And we are the world's fifth-largest religion."

Instead of criticizing Obama that much we should appreciate Mr. Rajwant Singh. He has again made the presence of Sikhs felt. I don't know whether Obama actually met him or not but he has tried his best and he has also made it sure by conforming his seat in the firs row. I think Mr. president must have seen him if not met him. After all the Sikh turban makes every Sikh a distinguished person.

Anyhow we learnt something from this. Didn't we?
Do you have any clue of it?

You can check the complete article at Washington Times.

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Sukhmandir Kaur said...

There has been so much said about this that I got curious. There are about 500,000 Sikhs in The USA. Probably just a fraction of them visible Sikhs keeping hair and turban if the percentages seen in the Gurdwaras are anything to go by. Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world but it the USA it’s just been around 20-30 years and statistics don’t even figure yet in the census because we are just too small in numbers. Our Sikh religion is about overcoming ego, it seems that going unnoticed and humility go hand in hand with our ideal of selfless serving without recognition.

Sandhu Singh Navjeet said...

yeah..but I can't say that all aloud!

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