Annual Sikh Day ‘free food’ distribution overshadows Queens’ temple tensions

May 2nd, 2011 - 4:06 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, May 2 (ANI): Sikh-American generosity on the annual Sikh Day Parade in the Flatiron district of New York overshadowed last week’s violence at a Queens temple by distributing free food and drink to passer bys and giving out the message of peace and equality.

Kulvinder Singh, one of scores of Sikhs, displayed a sign of generosity on Saturday by extending plastic containers of freshly cut fruit to people, and saying: “Take! Have another one!”

Sikhs were giving away plates of freshly prepared Indian vegetable dishes, breads and desserts, along with bottled water, sodas and hot tea, The New York Times reports.

Last week, the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center in the Queens area of New York had witnessed a bloody violent attack that had left seven dead, and several others injured inside the temple.

The latest act of providing ‘langar’, the serving of free meals in Sikh temples, is a contrast to the earlier violence, an indication that Sikh religion believes in equality and tranquillity.

“It’s the same food served to the same people in the same place. Money is never a consideration,” Harpreet Singh Toor, a financial consultant and former president and director of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill, the largest Sikh temple in New York, said. (ANI)

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