Must Know the difference between
the mistakes and the blunders
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
interested only to highlight the mistake and saddened that
“[Obama] made no reference to the million Sikhs that live in
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?
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
based security company had filed a complaint with the Equal
Commission (EEOC) for being discriminated against for wearing a
The EEOC filing an employment discrimination action against the
security company has sought compensatory and punitive damages
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
"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
"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
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
January 24, 2009