Two years ago, Ravinder “Ravi” Singh Bhalla, a city councilor in Hoboken, New Jersey, came up short in his bid for a seat in New Jersey’s State Legislature. Since that time, he has continued to serve on Hoboken’s city council, including a term as President of the City Council. He is now considering another run for the New Jersey State Legislature. Last night, at a fundraiser for his campaign, he received the support of US House Representatives Mike Honda and […]
Happy New Year! As I did last year around this time, I’d like to reflect on what were some of the bigger stories for Sikhs living in America during this past year in terms of their implications on us as a community, or their impact on our collective psyche. It was an up-and-down year for Sikhs. For many, it was a year that reminded our visible minority of the hate crimes and 9/11 backlash that apparently still continue to plague […]
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After coming in third in the election on June 7 in New Jersey for a state assembly seat, Ravinder Singh Bhalla, profiled here last month, has been elected as President of Hoboken, New Jersey’s city council by an 8-1 margin. Would he be the first turbaned Sikh to head a city council in the United States? UPDATE – January 11, 2012: Commenter A_itoj Singh brought to my attention that Harvinder “Harry” Singh Anand, another turbaned Sikh actually pre-dated Ravinder Singh as a […]
It was a coincidence that after I wrote about what American Sikhs could learn from our Canadian counterparts on the political front, news began to circulate about New Jersey attorney and Hoboken city councilman Ravinder Singh Bhalla, a turban-wearing Sikh now running for a State Assembly seat in New Jersey (also see his election website, BhallaforAssembly.com as well). If he is successful, he will be the first turbaned Sikh elected to office at the state level in the United States.