Sikh community lobbies for recognition in the US

November 14th, 2007 - 1:51 am ICT by admin  
Amritsar, Oct 8 (ANI): Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, USA has stated that the Sikh community needs to make efforts in the US to get its recognition in the country.

In a telephonic interview, Singh said that despite living in the US for over 100 years, the Sikh community has not made a collective presence on the political front.

It was only, in 1993, when President Bill Clinton invited him as a Sikh leader to the White House and that trend continued till Bill Clinton was in power.

“It was for the first time that the White House recognised Sikh representative as they have been living in America for the last 100 years,” Singh said.

He said “We thought of making people aware about the contribution of the Sikh community to USA” after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America at the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and The Pentagon in Washington.

As a Sikh representative, Singh also raises issues affecting the community in the US.

Born in Calcutta, Singh migrated to the United States at the age of 18, in 1981.

Singh says as a Sikh representative his first concern is to provide recognition to the Sikhs in American academic institutions.

“We work in the academic circles and interact with the media to raise community issues. We also interact with other religious leaders and communities like Christians, Jews and Muslims,” said Singh.

“There are several other concerns like working together for the environment, against violence, racism and drugs. We work in all these areas as Sikh representatives,” he added.

Singh is the first Sikh president of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington that brings together nine world religions for a discussion and work on critical issues. (ANI)

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