16 years after 9/11 terror attack, SGPC to publish book to target racism in West

2016-03-11_sgpcAMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—16 years after 9/11 terror attacks at the World Trade Centers (WTC) in New York (US), Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) has taken a key decision to publish a book on Sikh identity.  The new initiative is being taken to spread awareness about the Sikh identity in North America.  Since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings, Sikhs, along with Muslims and other communities have suffered a lot of backlash and racism.

Since 9/11, Sikhs have become victim of hate in western countries including United States after series of terror attacks held here.  Turban and unshorn beards are prime articles of Sikh faith, however, these have been associated with terrorism since the attacks.  Due to such ignorance, the Sikhs residing in Western countries have faced many attacks so far.  Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, a Sikh was shot and killed in Arizona.

Many Sikh NGOs based in these countries have initiated  awareness drive about the Sikh identity, but it is for the first time that the apex gurdwara body has taken such step. Its penal containing various Sikh intellectuals and historian earlier today finalized draft of the book in a meeting.  

The panel consists of former Vice President Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Pirthipal Singh Kapoor, professor Balkar Singh, Dr. Balwant Singh Dhillon, Dr. Dharam Singh, and SGPC additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi.

This book will be distributed across the world including ambassadors of different countries.  It will be published in different languages and will contain brief information about origin, principles, ideology, and uniqueness from other communities.


  1. They need to look at home first before pointing fingers elsewhere – one thing the other governments outside India not as corrupt and outcast Sikhs any incidents that take place by any individuals are properly investigated! – Sikhs are highly respected! In Punjab you are guilty for jut being a Sikh! Of course they cannot see the difference……

  2. M Singh ;Very well put , We people living in these countries can protect ourselves.Hate crime incidents do occur but the law goes after them, these people are arrested, tried and put in jails. Can we say the same about what is happening in Punjab where any one speaks or just participate in a religious congregation is charged with sedition and put away. SGPC should take care of the persons languishing in Indian jails for time immemorial before opening their mouth.

  3. It is not SGPC or Akali Dal, it is Badal Jundli. They should do something and show sangat their good work not just say will do something. You have to do a lot, there is long list of sins to clear…..

  4. Usual crude, delayed, inept response of the indianisticsgpc. Haven’t seen this prospective book. But can almost predict it will be full of crude information, omissions, etc. Grassroot Sikhs need to their own stiff away from these corrupt structures which seek to misrepresent n dominate us. Power to Sikh being, Sikh existence, Sikh recognition from the bottom up, rather than these cheap cliques and elites!

  5. M Singh Well Said , We in foreign countries can take care of ourselves and don’t need help especially from SGPC. We have much better human right protection in these countries , hate crime incidents do happen here but the law is not protecting the culprits they are being arrested and prosecuted and put in jail unlike what is happening in Punjab and rest of India.

  6. Sikhs are routinely taunted in India with Sikh jokes everyday, and also in the Indian media (shows and Bollywood). Sikhs are not given promotions and government Cabinet Member status. Sikhs are shot down by the police in Punjab. Turbans are also checked in Indian airports, but nobody raises their voice. The list goes on. When will a book be written about that.

  7. Sikhs are taunted everyday in India with Sikh jokes. Sikhs are not given promotions and Cabinet Member Status in India. Sikhs are killed by the Punjab Police in India. The list goes on. Will there be a book about that?

  8. SGPC cannot even after 30 years manage to produce such a book on the Sikhs kidnapped, tortured and murdered since 1984 in India and they want to lecture the outside world on violent discrimination against Sikhs living abroad? This is just the desperate flailing of a discredited and corrupt organisation to try and divert attention from their own decades long trespasses against Sikhs and failures to stand up for Sikh human rights in the Sikh homeland itself.

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