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Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch
On Obama and Sikhs — Off to a Bad Start?

The reports contain some good news, and even some bad 

The reports contain some good news, and even some bad. The analysis published of the news is very balanced on your website:   

But some individuals and organizations are only active and interested to project some bad news by always pointing out mistakes, incidents of common nature as is the case now to let down the new President of America,  Mr. Barack Obama and American administration to justify and cover up the discriminatory blunders committed and being committed, deliberately and intentionally, through the mal-functioning and the unchecked, uncontrolled arbitrary-governance of administration in their own country daily. 

Who are such one sided actors active from the within and whose instance they are active and why? It is not difficult to find out and trace such elements, at least, for the country like America.

Some are interested only to highlight the mistake and saddened that “[Obama] made no reference to the million Sikhs that live in America, surely he should have mention[ed] the fifth [largest] religion as he made reference to the other religions”, deliberately and intentionally, ignoring his past references to Sikhs.

For me, the good news is as under, which would help developing countries to understand as to what the yardstick of justice and the action should be in a law abiding countries?

New York, Jan 23 (PTI) An American security company has agreed to pay USD 24,000 as compensation to a Sikh man who had complained that he was discriminated against for wearing a turban.

Sukhdev Singh Brar, working in a Texas based security company had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for being discriminated against for wearing a turban.

The EEOC filing an employment discrimination action against the security company has sought compensatory and punitive damages for Brar.

The company acknowledged the discriminatory policy and has agreed to post anti-discriminatory notices on all employee bulletin boards and pay Brar USD 24,000 as a part of settlement of the case, United Sikh, an advocacy group which helped settle the case, said today.

United Sikh said it explained to EEOC the edicts of the Sikh religion concerning Kesh (long hair) and turban.

The company has also agreed on a change in the policy with continued Sikh awareness training, to be provided by United Sikh.

"Sometimes discrimination that does not stem from direct hostility is nevertheless unlawful because a business has sought to satisfy prejudiced preferences projected on its clients," said Robert Canino, regional attorney for the EEOC's Dallas Office.

"This was a situation in which accommodating the religious observance or practice presented no hardship to the business objective of providing private security," he added. PTI”

I have come across a news report that Mr. Barack Obama was to take oath again due to a mistake i.e. a word spoken in a wrong place while taking the oath of office by him as the president of America.

To my mind, the mistakes and the incidents of common nature could be corrected but not discriminatory blunders committed and being committed in the developing countries daily.

Though the corrections of the mistakes and the incidents of common nature are equally important but more important is that the discriminatory blunders committed and being committed in the developing countries daily should not be allowed to covered up and justified with the help of the forces having vested interests to act in the manner.

For Example: Indian government says, “The Army attack on Sri Durbar Sahib (Golden temple), Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and other Gurdwaras of Punjab in June 1984 and thereafter ‘Bloodbath and Carnage of Sikhs’ in Delhi and elsewhere in November 1984, were mistakes but the whole world agrees that these were blunders committed, deliberately and intentionally, for the political reasons against Sikhs as a community in minority by the government of India.  Here is not the end though style is changed.

January 24, 2009


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