NewYork (April 18th) We all know the significance of April’s month in Sikh history. But it is a matter of great pride for the Sikh community that the importance of this month on the foreign land is being recognized.
A resolution recognizing Vishakhi was introduced in the US Senate today.
According to the information released by the press note “U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Monday introduced a U.S. Senate resolution honoring the festival of Vaisakhi.
Murphy’s resolution reads, “The Senate recognizes the historic, cultural, and religious significance of the festival of Vaisakhi; and the significance of Vaisakhi to Sikh communities in the United States and around the world; and expresses respect for all communities that celebrate Vaisakhi.”
It also enlighten the fact that “Vaisakhi commemorates the creation of the Khalsa, a fellowship of devout Sikhs, by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699”.
“Connecticut is strong because of its diversity. I’m proud to join members of the Sikh community in Connecticut in honoring the festival of Vaisakhi,” said Murphy.
Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, who last year introduced a “Statement of Record in US Congressional Records” recognizing Vaisakhi as the Khalsa Sirjana Divas; spoke on the Senate Floor on April 18, 2018 about the significance of Vaisakhi for the Sikhs.
“Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion with nearly 30 million adherents, including roughly 700,000 in United States. Founded by Guru Nanak in 15th century, the religion is rooted in the belief that every person, regardless of race, gender, sex, or creed is equal. Vaisakhi, April 14th is the most important day on the Sikh Calendar” said Senator Toomey.
He further added, “Sikhs celebrate this happy occasion with singing, dancing, and parades. The Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast, an umbrella organization of Sikh Gurdwaras in United States has organized a National Sikh Day Parade here in Washington DC on May 19th, 2018 to commemorate this occasion. Thousands of Sikhs from all over United States including Pennsylvania are participating in this Parade”.
Swaranjit Singh Khalsa, President of the Sikh Sewak Society International and State Spokesman of the Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast said, “I would like to thank Senators Chris Murphy and Patrick Toomey for recognizing Sikhism’s most sacred day. This long overdue recognition will also give a message to our fellow Americans to rise above bigotry, hatred and have acceptance for other communities.”
Dr. Pritpal Singh, Coordinator of American Gurdwara Parbandak Committee said, “This is a big achievement of the Sikhs worldwide that the highest legislative body of the United States has recognized the Sikh Community”.
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Himmat Singh, Coordinator Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast also thanked Senators for their resolutions and told that last year similar resolution was introduced in the US House under bill HR 189.
Harjinder Singh, the Media Spokesman of Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast said, “This is a good wonderful news for the Sikhs community and thanked both Senators. Sikhs came to United States in late 1800s’. Even with more than 120 years of history, Sikh Americans are still highly misunderstood, regularly subjected to discrimination and occasionally targets of hate crimes. These resolutions will go long way to correct the misperceptions about the Sikhs”.
Harpreet Singh Sandhu of US Congressional Sikh Caucus congratulated Sikhs all around the globe and thanked Senators for recognizing Sikh Community of America.