A man in Jefferson County rammed his car into a 61 year old Sikh man named Lakhwant Singh and yelled “go back to your country”. However, the Jefferson County district attorney’s office is not treating the incident as racist or hate crime.
The Sikh man suffered broken arm, damage to ribs, and internal bleeding, multiple bone fractures, a fracture in the spinal cord and head injuries.
The county prosecutor stated that there is no evidence to claim that the motive of the attack was hate.
The 36 year old man Eric Breeman was arrested and faces charges of attempt to murder, first degree assault, and leaving the scene with serious injury.
The DA was not convinced that the attacker shouting “go back to your country” was enough for hate crime charges.
Read the entire incident prior to the attack: The Indica
The President of the United States Donald J. Trump will honor the first Sikh Amritdhari Female in the United States Army at the West Point Base.
The event is being held on June 13 where President Trump will make a commencement speech for the West Point Army officers. One of the people in the graduating class is a Sikh American named Anmol Narang aged 23 whose been promoted to second lieutenant and the first Sikh Amritdhari women to ever become an officer.
The tremendous milestone is a first in the 218 year history of the United States Army. The United States military is the toughest service branch to allow exceptions to people of any religion for accommodations. Service members are prohibited to serve with turbans and unshorn hair.
Speaking to an American newspaper Anmol stated that since her family had a history of serving in the Indian Army, she was always interested in serving her country.
The famous Punjabi song ‘Challa’ is probably one of the most sung songs in Punjabi music history in the last several decades. The song was made famous in the mainstream after it was sung by Gurdas Mann, but it was sung long before by Pakistani singers. Despite the immense popularity of the song, most people have no idea that it’s based on a true story of a father and son.
Story of Challa:
The sad story of Challa is a father son story which originated in Harike Pattan, India. Every lyric of the song revolves around how a father lost his one and only son.
The father named Jhalla Mallah lived in Harike Pattan and he was blessed by a son whom he named Challa. When Challa was young his mother passed away and Jhalla was left alone to raise his son. Being the only son, Jhalla raised Challa with lot of love and care.
For a living, Jhalla transported passengers on a boat across the river Sutlej. He would often bring his son to work with him as there was no care taker of the child at home.
One day, Jhalla fell ill and he was unable to take the passengers across the river. The passengers became upset at him and asked for his son to drop them off at the other side of the river. At first, Jhalla hesitated and refused to let Challa go out by him self. After repeated requests, Jhalla agreed to send Challa with the passengers. Challa took the passengers but never returned back. The Sutlej river became ferocious and the boat capsized drowning everyone onboard. Several days passed, everyone of Harike Pattan looked for challa and the passengers but no trace was found. Week after week passed but Challa never returned back to Harike Pattan. Jhallah waited at the shore for over a month praying his son would one day return back to him.
The loss of the son caused Jhalla Malah to cause him great grief and impacted him mentally. Due to the extreme sadness and mental impact, Jhalla often sang on the shore calling for his son.
He would sing, “Challa Mudke Nahi Aya, Rona Umran Da Paya, Malleya Mulak Paraya.”
Jhalla would remember Challa’s mother and often thought that if she was alive he would’ve never taken his son with him to work everyday and his son would be alive today.
While he cried endlessly, he would sing,” Gal Sun Challeya Kaawan, MaawanThandian Chaawan.”
When Jhalla would splash the water, people around would ask, what he was looking for. Jhalla replied, ” Challa Nau-Nau Khewe, Puttar Mithde Mewe, Allah Sab Nu Dewe.”
When the day would turn dark, people asked Jhalla to return back home to which Jhalla replied, ” Challa Bedi Da Poor Oye, Watan Mahiye Da Door E, Oh Jaana Pehle Poor E. “
In these thoughts, Jhalla Mallah spent his life remembering his one and only son. Even to this day, in Harike Pattan Gujrat Pakistan, there exists a monument in his and his son’s honor.
United Sikhs charity committed a major act of communal harmony when the Sikh charity group sanitized the Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi ahead of Ramadan.
The Sikh group is about to take on a major task of sanitizing hundreds of places of worship ahead of the June 8th reopening of mosques, churches, and temples by the govt. As the lock down begins to be eased in India, Sikhs have shifted gears to sanitize places that are visited more often.
The other known places the United Sikhs have sanitized include Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar. Immediately after the cornavirus hit India, over 500 places of worship were sanitized across ten states.
Initially, the United Sikhs provided hand sanitizer and PPE kits to people in quarantine centers and than shifted focus to places of worship.
United Sikhs works across the world by providing aid to disaster struck areas.
Millions of migrant workers throughout India have struggled to reach their homes during the lockdown causing distress. An 81 year old man Baba Karnail Singh Khaira took it upon himself to feed millions passing by on the highway located in Yavatmal, Maharashtra.
The man chose one of the most isolated locations where migrant workers were not able to find food anywhere nearby. The location was the only place in 450km in every direction where food was available. The act of kindness has restored faith in humanity once again.
The man has provided food for over 2 months and he told the media that it is ‘Guru Ka Langar.’ The man was able to form a team of 17 people where 11 cooked and 6 served the food around the clock.
The Sikh man said over 1 million were fed and he went a step further by feeding around 250 dogs, cats, stray cattle and other animals.
Despite blistering heat, the man says it’s due to Wahe Guru that he continues to be motivated and carry on the selfless service.
Several burglars robbed the Gurdwara Kalvi Dhar in Jawahar Nagar of Sri Nagar and took nearly 2 lakh in cash.
The criminals came into from the entrance and broke the lock of the collection box.
A police report was filed and the suspects are still on the loose.
The Sikh community has face several attacks in recent days on Gurdwaras. The first being in Afghanistan where over 27 people were killed. The second was in Derby, UK where Gurdwara property was damaged and now the Sri Nagar Incident.
Setting another example of communal harmony, namaz and gurbani path were performed simultaneously in Gurdwara ‘Sahib Haa Da Naara’ (Regd) at Muslim majority town of Malerkotla of the district.
Members of gurdwara management committee, Namdhari Mission, Sanatan Dharm community and police officers jointly organised a party for the members of Muslim community on the opening of 29 Roza (fast) last night, but by taking care of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“The gurbani path was going on in main hall while namaz was offered in another hall of gurdwara by our Muslim brothers. The main purpose of organising the party was to reconfirm that we all are united,” said Narinderpal Singh, Head Granthi of Gurdwara Sahib.
Members of Muslim community said visiting the historic gurdwara was not a new thing for them as they had been coming to this gurdwara since their birth.
“Every time whenever pass this gurdwara, we bow our head because our religion has been teaching us to respect all religions,” said a local member of Muslim community after offering namaz in gurdwara..
Manika Kaur has become the first singer in Sikh history to donate all proceeds to funding education of underprivileged children. Manika’s foundation called ‘Kirtan for Causes’ raises money to help needy children.
In a recent interview with ISINGMAG Manika spoke about how her non-profit organization is helping to make a difference in the lives of poor children.
“Kirtan for Causes is a non-profit organisation I created. We aim to create beautiful devotional music that creates an atmosphere of peace for the listener whilst serving humanity and uplifting communities through educating impoverished children, building homes and working to understand and meet the needs of communities living in poverty in Punjab.
All the revenue from my music career is directly channeled into the work of Kirtan for Causes. We support 200 children through education and have built several homes for disadvantaged families enrolled in the scheme. I travel to the Punjab every year to visit these families and develop strategies with them for the next year’s work.”
Manika donated all the revenue from her recent album ‘Sacred Words’ and past albums in an effort to do what she can to make the lives of children brighter.
She organizes many events to raise money and to increase the number of children currently receiving funding.
The foundation even goes a step further by building homes for needy families.
Here is one family the foundation built a home for:
Here is how Kirtan for Causes was able to help Gurpreet Kaur achieve her goals.
A video has gone viral on social media which has sparked outrage on social media. The video originally posted on a Facebook page called ‘Apna Birmingham’ allegedly shows a Sikh man being converted into Islam.
The video shows the man recording allegedly state that he’s converting a 105 year old man into Islam. It is uncertain whether the man is a Sikh or not.
However, many on social media have pointed out that the man is not in the correct mental state which therefore an illegal act was committed. Others on social media have pointed out that there isn’t any relation between the man recording the video and the older gentleman. The man in the video claimed he converted his Sikh grandfather into Islam.
In an interview with the Daily Post, Punjabi singer Ranjit Singh Bawa spoke out in the interview about his recent song. He stated that he had no regrets over the interview and that he’s had several controversy over the course of the last 5 years.
While Sikhs served food to millions around the world, a man attacked Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara Sahib in Derby, UK who blamed the attack over Kashmir lockdown. The incident according to sources occurred earlier in the morning and considerable damage has occurred.
The motive of the attack on the Gurdwara was written on a note which stated that it was due to Indian government lockdown of Indian Kashmir. The motive of the Gurdwara attack in Afghanistan was also due to Indian policies in Kashmir. It is uncertain on why radical groups are targeting Gurdwaras in their response to the activities in Kashmir.
The Gurdwara Sahib issued the following statement on Twitter:
Local Sikhs who worship at the Gurdwara Sahib were outraged over the incident that the suspect ignorantly targeted a Gurdwara Sahib over the Kashmir issue.
The suspect was identified and arrested but charges weren’t announced by the police. The local congregation expects charges will be of hate crime related.
The suspect left behind a note stating it was due to Kashmir lock down he attacked the Gurdwara Sahib.
The UK Minister of State for Building Safety Stephen Greenhalgh tweeted the following: