AMRITSAR 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.