Letter: Misunderstandings about Hoosier Sikhs



The Singh for Council campaign trail has opened up some great discussions, misunderstandings and confusion, particularly with the Hoosier Sikhs in Fishers.

I want to use this opportunity to explain Sikhism, since our practices continue to be misunderstood. Sikh values are American values. We are a faith community built on these essential aspects and have no room for hate. It is because of my Sikh heritage that I strive to help others through social work and public service. Let us engage, inspire and empower by understanding, embracing and celebrating each other with love and compassion.

Sikhs at a glance:

  • Ninety-nine percent who are wearing turbans in the U.S. are Sikhs from India.
  • Sikhs have lived in the U.S. for more than 100 years.
  • The Sikh religion was founded in India in the 15th century by Guru Nanak.
  • Sikhism is the world’s fifth-largest religion with 30 million Sikhs worldwide, including 1 million in America, 10,000 in Indiana and approximately 1,000 in our beautiful city of Fishers.
  • Sikhism is a monotheistic religion, separate from Hinduism and Islam. Sikhism is not a denomination of any other religion or faith.
  • Sikhs believe in one God, equality of gender and race; freedom of religion, and community and humanitarian service.
  • The Sikh turban represents a commitment to equality, justice and sovereignty. The turban is a beacon of hope, safety and security for others.
  • During World Wars I and II, 500,000 Sikh soldiers fought with American and British soldiers and almost 100,000 of them sacrificed their lives saving humanity.

Gurinder Singh, Fishers, is candidate for Fishers City Council

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