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August 5th, 2012
06:20 PM ET

Explainer: Who are Sikhs and what do they believe?

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN)– Sikhism, the world's fifth most popular religion, is a monotheistic faith that believes in equality and service to others, Sikh officials say.

"Everyone is the same," says Raghunandan Johar, president of the Guru Nanak Mission of Atlanta. "There is no distinction, no caste system."

Navdeep Singh, a policy adviser to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, says Sikhs believe in freedom of religion, community service and inclusiveness.

At temples, or gurdwaras, where Sikhs hold services, everyone is welcome.

"You can come and be equal," he says.

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Doing good deeds is important for you to be with God after death, Johar says. Sikhs believe that if you don't live a life full of good deeds you will be reborn and repeat the circle of life and death.

There are 25 million Sikhs around the world, Singh says, about 700,000 of which live in the United States. Most Sikhs are in India.

Sikhs do not have a particular day of worship, he says, but due to the American work week, Sunday is a popular day for services. Johar says his gurdwara has formal services on Wednesdays and Fridays, in addition to Sundays.

At a typical gurdwara, the doors open up at 6 a.m. for prayers. A formal service includes the singing of hymns and a team of leaders who have studied the faith reciting from the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism's holy scriptures. That book, more than 1,400 pages long, includes writings from Sikhism's 10 gurus as well as writers from other religions.

It is an example of Sikhism's inclusiveness, Johar says.

"There is not a single word of hate in it," he adds.

At the end of the service, congregants pray for the "well-being of the world" then head to the langar, the community kitchen that serves meals for anyone who wants one.

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"(Founder) Guru Nanak said that if you want to meet God, serve the poor people," Johar says.

Gurdwaras around the world variously incorporate clinics, schools, guest quarters and community centers, which Sikhs say is a sign of the religion's values of service and equality.

The first gurdwara in the United States was built 100 years ago in California, Singh says.

Most Sikh men don't cut their hair and wear turbans and beards. Many American Sikh women dress like other Westerners or wear the salwar kameez, a traditional north Indian garment of a long shirt and loose-fitting pants.

Sikhism emerged more than 500 years ago in Punjab, in what is now India. It was founded by Guru Nanak, a non-practicing Hindu who was against rituals and praying to idols.

"He received a revelation," Johar says.

Guru Nanak taught a message of love and that all religions were good.

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"If you are Hindu, he said be a good Hindu," Johar says. "If you are Muslim, be a good Muslim. If you are Christian, be a good Christian."

Sikhs, he says, are taught two other important things in addition to serving others and serving God: Work hard and never beg.

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Belief • Houses of worship • Religious violence • Sikh

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  1. Rod C. Venger

    British colonials in India used Sikhs as fighters and the Brits still have an all-Sikh Brigade. They proved to be efficient butchers in propping up the Empire. That of course has nothing to do with terrorism or give any reason for an American to kill Sikhs. Anyone mistaking a Sikh for a Muslim just because he wears a turban or is brown skinned is a complete dolt. It's not hard to distinguish people from India from Arabs, Pakistanis or Afghanis.

    I'm not understanding this shooting at all...but it seems like someone would like to put the gun debate on the front burner. By morning the hand-wringers will again be demanding that the sane, law abiding gun owners among us be disarmed, even though time and time again it's been proved that it's the insane people and the habitual criminals that are shooting innocent people.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:02 am |
  2. mixpix33

    Some people posting, are lying to incite the others that are participating in the discussion. These type of people do so to dispatch hate, in their own way. People are best served by not acknowledging; they are trolls.
    This act of domestic terror, is the type conducted by sick people that lean to the extreme because they can't conduct their lives in rational. Society will never completely rid itself from this plague & it is only going to get worse, as population grows.
    This plague of terror manifests itself in gang violence, incidents as Aurora, this & violent acts that will continue. Society is best served by organizing in recognizing the signs & acting accordingly.
    Being informed is the best measure to counter these instances.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:57 am |
  3. Curious

    It was sad to see one bullet can kill millions of aspirations, and at the same time, it is more sad to see comments on this page. Let's all pray for peace and unity, irrespective of their religion. Human lives were lost.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  4. Joel-B

    May God bless all of the innocent people who died in this tragedy !!! Except the killer, and he will be judged accordingly !!! To the rest of the ignorant people that have responded, well you will also be judged accordingly !!! So just SHUT UP and let THE GOOD LORD DO HIS THING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  5. H kaur

    Peace and love to all.. As a Khalsa i pray for all. Spread awareness and knowledge. Don't hate. Stand up for your principles. Love. Equality. Freedom. Justice. That's the Sikh way. The way of the Khalsa. Sikhs are not Hindus and they are not Muslims (though they respect both religions as well as all other faiths). Sikhs pray at Gurdwaras, not Mosques and not Hindu Temples. Sikhs are mostly from Punjab, India, though many are from around the globe. Most Sikhs do not cut their hair, they tie Turbans to respect their hair, a Gift from God, and they pray to One God Almighty who is our Father. We believe we are ALL His/Her children and all of humanity are brothers and sisters. Sikhs defend the downtrodden, fight against terrorism and government sanctioned genocide (check out 1984 riots) and serve to uphold dignity. We have Langar, free meals for anyone, cooked with love for all (check out Amritsar, the city that never sleeps hungry). Sikhs abolished the degrading caste system, granting equality to all. Sikhs belive women are EQUAL to men, that is why many Sikh women also like to tie a Turban. Sikhs are hardworking as their faith belives in earning with the sweat of one's brow. We pray for all of Humanity and pray to One God. Our first Guru was Guru Nanak. The current Guru is the holy scriptures, the Word of the Guru, Guru Granth Sahib. ❤ Thank you.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • OP

      All this all so fine and dandy. But do tell us why the concept of 'honor killings' is more prevalent among Sikhs and Muslims?

      There are some very well publicized cases in Canada, Europe and even in the US. Some Sikhs have even murdered their daughter's boyfriend. I personally know of one particular case, where the Sikh's girl's father murdered his daughter's boyfriend, because he did not want his daughter to dating his daughter.

      This is so contrary to the spiel here about how peaceful the adherents of Sikhism are. I'm sorry, many Sikhs are extremely intolerant, even in the when having lived in the West for many decades. They bring their baggage from home, and cannot let go.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • A Sikh

      OP,

      I understand what you are saying. Honor killings are due to Ego and not because they are part of a religion. They are not based on any rational decision or based on any of the teachings of the Sikh religion for sure. A true sikh who follows the teachings of the Guru would do no such thing. Now there are always people who don't understand or care to follow the teachings. A few bad apples don't make all the apples in the world bad, do they? Just like one idiot today killing 6 innocent doesn't make the rest of the world idiots, does it?

      So I can not answer why these people do such things, just like I can not answer why people like today's shooter or the shooter at Aurora or in Arizona do such a thing.

      Regards,
      A Sikh

      August 6, 2012 at 2:28 am |
    • Gurpreet Singh bagla

      Terrorist sikhs:

      The major pro-Khalistan militant outfits include:

      Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)
      Listed as a terrorist organization in the European Union,[66] Canada,[67] India,[68] and UK.[68][69]
      Also included in the Terrorist Exclusion List of the United States Government in 2004.[70]
      Designated by the US and the Canadian courts for the bombing of Air India Flight 182 on 27 June 2002.[68][71]
      Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)
      Listed as a terrorist organization by the EU.[66] Last major suspected activity was a bomb blast at the Inter-State Bus Terminus in Jalandhar, in 2006.[72]
      International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), based in the United Kingdom
      Khalistan Commando Force (KCF)
      Formed in 1986.[73] It does not figure in the list of terrorist organizations declared by United States Department of State[74]
      According to the US State Department,[55] and the Assistant Inspector General of the Punjab Police Intelligence Division,[75] the KCF was responsible for the deaths of thousands in India, including the 1995 assassination of Chief Minister Beant Singh.[55]
      All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF)
      Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan (BTFK)
      Also known variously as Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan and Bhindranwale Tiger Force, this group appears to have been formed in 1984 by Gurbachan Singh Manochahal. After the founder's death, the BTF (or BTFK) seems to have disbanded or integrated into other organizations.[76]
      Listed in 1995 one of the 4 "major militant groups" in the Khalistan movement.[77]
      Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF)
      Khalistan Liberation Force
      Formed in 1986; believed to be responsible for several bombings of civilian targets in India during the 1980s and 1990s, sometimes in conjunction with Islamist Kashmir separatists.[78][79][80]
      Khalistan Liberation Army (KLA)
      Reputed to have been a wing of, or possibly associated with, or possibly a breakaway group from, the Khalistan Liberation Force.
      Khalistan Armed Force (KAF)
      Dashmesh Regiment
      Khalistan Liberation Organisation (KLO)
      Khalistan National Army (KNA)
      Kamagata Maru Dal of Khalistan
      Shaheed Khalsa Force
      Khalistan Guerilla Force
      Khalistan Security Force
      Khalistan Rebel Fediration (KRF)

      August 6, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  6. asmpvss

    also there are two basic and big problems with Sikh people themselves.

    1. Why do they sometimes dress shabbily as those Taliban's...anybody can recognize a Sikh, when he is wearing a proper turban, but they often put themselves into very poor position by wearing all those loose cloth's (whatever they can find) on their heads.They can do that in Punjab, but esp. in western countries, it is a bad practice, Community should warn people of such practices and it's harm of making others into confusions.

    2. Why is that Sikh's cannot make people around aware of their fights/sacrifices/tortures by Muslims for almost a century and more then 80,000 lives lost in a fight against Naziisms and support for allied forces during Second war.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  7. H kaur

    What does Sant Bhinderanwalé have to do with this? He never stood for khalistaan..he just wanted EQUAL RIGHTS. Please stay on topic. Spread peace and awareness, be strong to defend freedom and send prayers to all..

    August 6, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Gurpreet Singh bagla

      sant Bhinderwala...lol..he is declared terrorist all over the world...even after this shooting if you call terrorist a saint...you people deserve this...you reep what you sow.Bloody terrorirsts.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  8. asmpvss

    If it is all about hate and racism, then why nobody has ever attacked any mosque, and why it is always a Sikh people....or is it just a quotation proved right that says "In bad times, one cannot distinguish between a friend and foe"

    August 6, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  9. asb

    Pras

    Find me a speech by Bhindranwale where he supported the idea of a separate Sikh nation, after that find me some unbiased sources which have proof in regards to Pakistan supporting Bhindranwale (Note the word unbiased here). It's very easy to stay misinformed and spew out incorrect information like you have done here.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  10. Reality

    Some history:

    "Ethnic cleansing of Hindus and Sikhs by Muslims led to a major exodus of those communities from Pakistan into India; conversely Muslims in the Indian territory were subject to the same ethnic cleansing at the hands of Sikhs and Hindus and forced migration to Pakistan."

    August 6, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • Reality Check

      Are you an idiot? Did you pull that snippet from someone's blog? That is a complete distortion of history

      August 6, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  11. anne

    all people equal ? why were all the women at the temple in the kitchen cooking ?

    August 6, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • gauri

      but obviously nobody taught you to respect all work...including cooking in the kitchen.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Boredhunk

      @Anne: FYI, men cook and serve too in Sikh temples around the world.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • asb

      Cooking meals is a seva (volunteer work) so no one is forcing the women to cook meals. It's just that most women prefer to do this particular aspect of volunteer work over other aspects because they know a thing or two about cooking unlike most men, so its just personal preference. That's why you'll often find more men cleaning the floors and washing dishes after the Langar.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • SSM

      FYI...Sikh religion strongly believes and promotes gender equality. Men and women, older and younger people and even children are involved in 'Seva' (selfless service for others), including cooking in the kitchen. Please do some reasearch (actual) before coming to conclusions. I hope you get a chnace to visit one of the Sikh temples anywhere in the world and your eyes will be opnened.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • Harry

      Yeah and why were the meaning cleaning the utensils and sweeping the floors... come on anne.. where's all this hate and anger coming from.. what are you implying ?

      August 6, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • A Sikh

      Dear Anne,

      Langar is prepared by all male or female. The equality of a male/female is not based on who does what. Equality comes from the fact that there is no restriction (by the religion itself) on females or males from doing any kind of service or prayers.

      Regards,
      A Sikh

      August 6, 2012 at 3:02 am |
  12. gauri

    seriously, how difficult is it to teach our children about the 5 biggest religions in the world, and some basic principles that they are based on?

    August 6, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • anne

      very easy to do. i taught my kids about all those and more . they know to avoid all organized religion.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  13. Dara

    Sikhs are not muslims, but are closely associated with Hindus and Hinduism. They are considered brave, patriotic, noble, generous and giving and helpful in India or whichever country they are in. Indian army has innumerable stories of Sikhs being at the forefront in many battlefields since old days. Sikhs are also some of the most open minded, hardworking and liberal people on earth.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • OP

      Yeah all true....except for that 'open minded' bit.

      Outwardly they seem so, but many Sikhs tend to take violence as the first option when it comes to their 'family honor' and their religion.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  14. Joe the American

    I found this info at Wikipedia: "The average Sikh consumes 348 rats per year. That is close to one rat per day. For the Sikhs, eating rats is a delicacy. One of the favorite dishes among Sikhs is curry rat. Barbecued rat is also a popular dish among the Sikhs"

    Look at this youtube video of a rat infested Sikh temple where the Sikhs worship rats and consider the rat reincarnated Gods.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACzWdSfZXmw&w=640&h=360]

    August 6, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Sylvia

      What garbage are you talking about? Don't display your ignorance.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Henry

      Fail...the video says it is a Hindu shrine. not Sikh.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • asb

      It's a Hindu temple. Epic Fail by you.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • James

      So you didn't even watch one minute of the video you posted.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Manjunath S

      Joe the American is ignorant and ill informed. The temple in the video is NOT a sikh temple. Rats are worshipped in this temple and NO they are not eaten here or anywhere else in India as meat.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • SSM

      I feel pity for people like you who did not get a chance to know other religions or cultures therby not knowing the difference between them.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Joe the American

      @Manjunath S, I am afraid that you are the one who is ignorant and ill informed. Here is a video of a family in India who hunts, cooks and dines on on rats. This is a common practice in India.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvtUmFDznps&w=640&h=360]

      August 6, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • SSM

      @Joe the American, wha are you trying to prove here? The person shown in your second video is not a Sikh. What do these videos have to do with what has happened here. Why are you trying to distract people? If this is a shameful act we all should acknowledge it regardless of who commited it.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • puneet

      Mr.American, I was expecting this level of knowledge from you... anyways, its a Hindu temple. and only few people from close by villages go to this temple, not the whole Hindu community.
      please do your home work properly before posting anything online and make Americans proud..

      August 6, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • Joe the American

      FYI, this man in the Rat eating video identifies hmself and his family as "Sikhs"

      August 6, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • tssdddd

      You people display your ignorance everywhere. In reference to the rat eating video shown by you, I want to give you this information.In India there are thousands of castes and one of the caste among them is Mushar. Mush means rat. Mushars come under scheduled castes or dalits. In their caste it was a practice to hunt and eat rats.But now their condition is improving and they are also joining the mainstream.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:00 am |
    • 1thoughtonmymind

      Is it really that difficult for you to type "Sikhism" in Google and come up with better search results? The video you just presented does not talk about Sikhs or Sikhism. Here is a good website for you:
      http://www.sikhnet.com/pages/who-are-sikhs-oak-creek-wisconsin-gurdwara-shootings

      And if you need any more help, please let me know. I am willing to help you out of this ignorance and know who Sikhs are and what Sikhism/Sikhi is about.

      Thanks,

      Sikh in America

      August 6, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • asingh

      Who are you and why are you spending your time to come up with all this? The blood of the people killed will be on your soul as well. You are disrespecting the dead and are just as bad as the killer.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • sandeep singh

      What is this video suppose to mean here in this context? Tomorrow if these people emigrate to USA they will become fair game? Guru Nanak dev the creator of sikh religion says that people who argue food ar fools as i do not see a difference between g chicken beef raw fish eggs tomatoes bugs snakes grains fruits etc a living thing needs to eat another living thing to survive when you start dividing people based on their color creed caste food language culture gesturs gender you are dividing the creator, the goal of humanity is to unite and not divide.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Manjunath S

      Hi Joe...What u have seen is NOT common practice in India. You make it sound like supermarkets and butcher shops in India sell rat meat. What you see in the video is something that must have been happening in some part of Rural India. That does not mean eating rats is a common practice in India. If one odd Sikh claimed to eat rats does he represent the entire Sikh community?

      August 7, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  15. Jim, Oregon

    It is interesting to read about Sikh history. Look it up. Sikh are very peaceful people. However, they were terrorized by Muslims and had to defend themselves. It is ironic that people mistakenly think that these peaceful Sikhs look similar to those brutal Islamic terrorists. Muslims have terrorized both Sikh historically and the US recently on 9/11.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • Janice Rosenberg

      Jim, how can you make such inaccurate, sweeping statements? Really??

      August 6, 2012 at 2:29 am |
  16. Joe the American

    Do sikhs eat rats?

    August 6, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Tim

      No they do not eat rats. Sikhs are not Muslims.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Joghonno

      no, they will not eat you, RAT.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • Sylvia

      No. But you do.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • VJ

      @ joe, why r u so ignorant. you should look up the internet and find out, who sikhs are, what they stand for. just don't put the videos which has no relation to sikh people.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • asingh

      i i think i know who you are "Joe the American". I know which region you come from.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  17. IgnorantUSA

    The United States fails in educating itself on different cultures. This country was "discovered", connguered and stolen by drunkards, theives, rapists and murderers. Now it is led by same. The US is too ignorant and bigotted to remain a world power.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Idiocy

      Yeah, this country was indeed "connguered", and hopefully we'll soon be rid of people as ignorant as yourself. If you cannot even be bothered to spell words correctly in a post insulting the education system, consider yourself part of the problem. PS CONQUERED**

      August 6, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Maggiemae

      Well ignorant USA, I'll agree that u r ignorant.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  18. Jade

    Muslims are to blame. If they weren't such evil terrorists people wouldnt want to shoot them. The shooter thought he was shooting Muslims not realizing Sikhs are nice people, nothing like filthy evil Muslim trash.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • HarveyYaz

      You are as hateful and ignorant as the Taliban.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • Fauzi

      You are as ignorant as the shooter!

      August 6, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Idiocy

      Let me get this straight, it's the Muslims fault for committing terrorist acts and looking like Sikhs, that's why this happened? People always try, in various ways, to blame the victims. This is a senseless act, committed by a person who was either very disturbed, sad, or hateful. In any case, the only person culpable is the one who pulled the trigger. I am a Protestant Christian, but I will pray for the dead who were gunned down at a house of worship. Maybe one day when we realize that our omnipotent and omniscient god created all of us, and thus has willed us ALL to be here, we can stop trying to decide which among us are truly his children. We are all right, we are all wrong, but most of all, we are all human beings, endowed by our creator for a soul, and with a capacity for greatness, either good or bad. It's my profound hope that in the future, despite our differences and problems, that we use our gifts to bring peace and prosperity, or at the very least, we try to understand one another before pulling a trigger.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • afdonison

      No wonder you are Jade the jaded. Go screw the sikhs

      August 6, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • A Sikh

      Idiocy,

      Very well put!

      Regards,
      A Sikh

      August 6, 2012 at 2:38 am |
  19. asb

    tssdddd

    Research how the Indian government was planning on attacking the temple 1 year before it actually happened. That's why Bhindranwale and his supporters had occupied Golden Temple. Also do some extensive research into Bhindranwale and the actions of Indian Government in regards to Sikhs and their treatment in Punjab before and after Bhindranwale came into the picture. You are very misinformed in regards to what he and his supporters actually wanted and what he did and did not do.
    He wasn't a Khalistan supporter, in fact you will not find one speech or instance where he declared his support for it. Bhindranwale simply left the decision of a separate Sikh nation to the Indian government.

    IDon't take Indian governments word for it if you wish to be well informed, do your own research.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Pras

      Where does Bhindranwale come into picture.. he was a seperatist leader supported by Pakistan who wanted to avenge creation of Bangladesh by India.. and Bhindranwale was not supported my all Sikhs.... he was a abberation at best...

      August 6, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Gurpreet Singh bagla

      Stop smoking weeds....why in this world then sikh terrorists organizations are banned in US/Canada/UK/Europe and India..they are terrorists and that is why they got banned..filthy terrorirts.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:35 am |
    • Elizabeth

      I am not Indian but I hate to see Hindus and Sikhs quarrel as you have so much in common. Sorry for what Mrs Gandhi did, but Sikhs have been a cornerstone of India, making a huge contribution to the Indian army.Put the past behind you. Make peace guys and recognize your common ground.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Raj

      Please don't try and use this tragedy to promote your Khalistan propaganda. One doesn't need to read Indian government's version, there are millions of Sikhs and Hindus in Punjab at that time who know the truth.

      Bhindranwale and the rest of the Khalistan terrorists (and they are terrorists of which there is no doubt!) purposely used the Golden Temple for their political aims. They were given "weeks" to surrender but not even a single one of them came out. If you want to talk about "defiling" the Gurudwara, then Bhindranwale is the one who defiled it by bringing machine guns and weapons of war into it first. Nobody in Amritsar had the guts to get him to put down his weapons or surrender despite Bhindranwale knowing fully well that he was totally surrounded and there was no chance of escape. What the Indian Government did after giving every chance to surrender peacefully was what finally ended the cycle of madness in Punjab. Today, those Khalistan terrorists are hiding in Canada and Britain like rats while today India has a PM who is Sikh for 10 years now ( a fact that Bhindranwale or the Khalistan terrorists would never have believed possible!) .

      It is easy to make yourself the "victim" when you forget that your Khalistan friends were planting bombs in buses and killing innocent women and children (sikhs and hindus) in Punjab left and right and then thought they were great "warriors". Operation Blue Star was necessary and the blame for it should lie entirely with Bhindranwale who refused to surrender and wanted to become a "shaheed". Instead he died a terrorist today mostly forgotten.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  20. A Candid Look

    Then their temple is in the wrong country for equality

    August 6, 2012 at 12:11 am |
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