Picture of the Day: Sikh delegates at the DNC

Sikhs have a significant presence at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been reported that 26 of California’s 700 convention delegates are Sikhs, including a set of twins from Stockton, California (home of the oldest Gurdwara in the United States). After Ishwar Singh’s historic invocation at the Republican National Convention last week, Sikh Americans are certainly seeing a growing presence in this year’s election cycle. The growing presence and participation of Sikhs in the political […]

Who do Sikh Americans vote for, and why?

The recent higher profile civic engagement of the Sikh American community has been notable in this election cycle. Ishwar Singh, of Orlando, Florida, was invited by the Republican Party to provide an invocation during the Republican National Convention and we also saw a sizable and very visible contingent of Sikhs attending as delegates at the Democratic National Convention. By apparent attendance at the national conventions, it appeared that Sikhs were more supportive of the Democratic Party rather than the Republicans.  […]

More of the Sikhs at the Democratic National Convention

Sikh delegates at the Democratic National Convention are certainly getting noticed. Host Jon Stewart of the Comedy Central TV show “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” identifies the Sikhs in a segment that aired in last night’s episode: You can view “The Daily Show” segment here. Stephen Colbert, of the same network, also makes a mention on his show “The Colbert Report“: Click here to view Stephen Colbert’s segment. (More thanks to Karaminder Ghuman for the tips.)

CA Sikh delegate at Democratic National Convention speaks

Harpreet Sandhu, from northern California, is one of more than two dozen Sikh delegates from the state at the Democratic National Convention. He has been shown often by cameras during media coverage of the convention, and in this PBS Newshour video Harpreet Sandhu speaks about issues that are important to him and his family. (Thanks to Karaminder Ghuman for the tip.)

GOP Candidate Ricky Gill passes on representing Sikhs again

In his address to the Republican National Convention today, Ricky Gill, who we can only presume is a Sikh American running for Congress in California’s 9th Congressional District, passed on the unique opportunity to acknowledge our visible minority — whose recent turmoil in Oak Creek, Wisconsin occurred not a month ago — on the national stage. Certainly, Gill’s primary concern should be to represent his district. No one can fault him for focusing on the issues of his geographical constituency. […]

Jusleen Kaur talks about attending the Democratic National Convention

Jusleen Kaur is a Sikh American and community activist who attended the Democratic National Convention earlier this month, working on the Specialty Media Team focusing on South Asia. She has graciously offered to document and share her experience. You can follow Jusleen on Twitter at @JusSodhi. Two weeks ago, I made the trip from our nation’s capital to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. With each Obama bumper stickerthat I passed, I became more excited about what […]

Harmeet Kaur Dhillon wins CA Republican post amidst strong support

“In any group of 1,600 delegates, you’re going to have a few crazy people and bigots,” [Harmeet Kaur] Dhillon told KCRA 3. — Harmeet Kaur Dhillon, who this weekend was elected as the Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party, comments after facing bigotry from members of her own party, and even during the California Republican Party convention this weekend. With strong support by membership and leaders, Harmeet Kaur has become the first Sikh and woman to be elected to […]