About: Gurdeep Singh Shergill holds Master’s Degree in Administration (Education) from the California State University Fresno, California USA. He has been an EDUCATOR in the United States of America for more than 12 years, been in the MEDIA for more than 15 years, and REALTOR since 2011. He has been a community activist for many years. His quote, “Always THINK BIG and POSITIVE.”
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Credit: NPR’s Richard Gonzales
In Fresno, California — the heart of that state’s agricultural community — police are looking for whoever attacked two elderly Sikh-American men. The incidents happened a week apart over the holidays. One man was fatally stabbed, another badly beaten.
The attacks come amid reports of increased bullying and violence directed at Sikh-Americans around the country, apparently because they are mistaken for Muslims.
The unprovoked and apparently unrelated attacks are a hot topic on KBIF-AM in Fresno, where Gurdeep Shergill and his wife, Sonia, co-host a program on Saturday mornings for the 35,000 Sikh-Americans who live in Fresno.
“This morning I was talking about the hate crime, I was giving them the definition, what is hate crime, why they happen,” Gurdeep Shergill says.
The subject of hate crimes is ripe in the community. The day after Christmas, a 68-year-old farmworker, Amrik Singh Bal, was attacked and beaten by two white men as he waited to be picked up for work. Bal was wearing a turban at the time.
Then on New Year’s Day, another 68-year-old man, Gurcharan Singh Gill, was fatally stabbed in the liquor store where he worked. In that attack, Gill was not wearing a turban indicating he was Sikh, said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
“But we are looking at this as a potential hate crime as well,” Dyer says.
Dyer asked the FBI to help with their investigation. He said Sikhs have lived in Fresno for more than a century. As Dyer talked about what’s happened in his hometown, his eyes became red and moist.
“I was at a community meeting last week with a number of those individuals, and you could just sense the fear,” he says. “Are they being targeted as a result of being mistaken as a terrorist or extremist? Is it because of what occurred in San Bernardino or Paris? And those are all legitimate concerns.”
National advocacy groups are concerned as well. A spokesman for the Sikh Coalition, Mark Reading-Smith, says since the San Bernardino massacre last month, it’s received three times as many reports of hate backlash than in previous years.
The attacks are also unsettling to people attending Fresno gurdwaras — Sikh houses of worship. One man, who identified himself as “Mr. Singh,” said he won’t stay at home or be intimidated from wearing a turban in public.
“Anytime, anytime something could happen” says Singh as he shrugs his shoulders. He says Americans need to be better educated on the differences between Sikhs and Muslims.
But would the attacks on Sikhs stop if people realized they aren’t Muslim? That question troubles many in the Sikh community, especially younger people.
“The problem in that kind of narrative is it actually implicitly says there is a proper victim,” says Nandeep Singh, the executive director of the Jakara Movement, a youth-oriented nonprofit based in Fresno.
“When we see rising Islamophobia, are we to back away from our fellow Americans, or to embrace them that much tighter?” he says. “To say that attacks against all is wrong. It really isn’t attacks against Sikhs that are wrong, but it’s really attacks against anybody.”
Singh expects attacks on Sikhs could continue. But he also sees an opportunity for those in the Sikh community not just to educate people about who they are — but remind them they are Americans too.
Radio host Gurdeep Shergill agrees.
“I tell my audience that we are Americans,” he says. “And if we can’t feel safe in America, there’s no other place in the world where we can feel safe.”
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Sikh World History——Origins of Sikhism
Sikhism was born in the Punjab area of South Asia, which now falls into the present day states of India and Pakistan. The main religions of the area at the time were Hinduism and Islam.
The Sikh faith began around 1500 CE, when Guru Nanak began teaching a faith that was quite distinct from Hinduism and Islam.
Nine Gurus followed Nanak and developed the Sikh faith and community over the next centuries.
Militarisation of the Sikhs
Sikhism was well established by the time of Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru.
Guru Arjan completed the establishment of Amritsar as the capital of the Sikh world, and compiled the first authorised book of Sikh scripture, the Adi Granth.
However, during Arjan’s time Sikhism was seen as a threat by the state and Guru Arjan was eventually executed for his faith in 1606.
The sixth Guru, Hargobind, started to militarise the community so that they would be able to resist any oppression. The Sikhs fought a number of battles to preserve their faith.
The Sikhs then lived in relative peace with the political rulers until the time of the Moghal Emperor, Aurangzeb, who used force to make his subjects accept Islam.
Aurangzeb had the ninth Guru, Tegh Bahadur, arrested and executed in 1675.
Gobind Singh was the last human Guru. Sikhs now treat their scriptures as their Guru.
After the Gurus
The first military leader of the Sikhs to follow the Gurus was Banda Singh Bahadur.
He led a successful campaign against the Moghals until he was captured and executed in 1716.
In the middle of the century the Sikhs rose up again, and over the next 50 years took over more and more territory.
In 1799 Ranjit Singh captured Lahore, and in 1801 established the Punjab as an independent state, with himself as Maharaja.
He proved an adept ruler of a state in which Sikhs were still in a minority.
Defeated by the British
After Ranjit Singh died in 1839 the Sikh state crumbled, damaged by vicious internal battles for the leadership.
In 1845-6 troops of the British Empire defeated the Sikh armies, and took over much Sikh territory.
The Sikhs rebelled again in 1849, and were defeated by the British, this time conclusively.
The Sikhs and the British Raj
After this final battle, the Sikhs and the British discovered they had much in common and built a good relationship. The tradition began of Sikhs serving with great distinction in the British Army.
The Sikhs got on well with the British partly because they came to think of themselves less as subjects of the Raj than as partners of the British.
The British helped themselves get a favourable religious spin when they took control of the Sikh religious establishment by putting their own choices in control of the Gurdwaras.
Good relations between Sikhs and British came to an end in 1919 with the Amritsar massacre.