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A proposal to declare April 14 as National Sikh Day has been tabled in the US Congress

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More than a dozen lawmakers, including Indian-American lawmaker Raja Krishnamurthy, have tabled a motion in the House of Representatives to declare April 14 as ‘National Sikh Day’. The resolution highlights the significant contribution of the Sikh community to America’s development. It says the Sikh community has played a key role in empowering America and inspiring its citizens. In support of this, the declaration of ‘National Sikh Day’ has been supported.

MP Mary Gayle Sunlon introduced the motion at the March 28 House, while Karen Bass, Paul Tonko, Brian K. Fitzpatrick, Daniel Muse, Eric Sowellwell, King Krishnamurti, Donald Norcross, Andy Kim, John Garamendi, Richard E. Neil, Brendon F. Boyle and David G. Valladolid are also co-speakers. The Sikh Caucus Committee, the Sikh Coordinating Committee and the American Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (AGPC) welcomed the proposal.

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‘Religious discrimination against the Sikh community has increased in the United States’

A few days ago, prominent human rights expert Amrit Kaur Akre told U.S. lawmakers that religious discrimination and hate crimes against the Sikh community have increased in the United States. He called on the administration and the US Congress to take steps to end it. “Prejudicial interpretations of government policies and laws harm Sikhs in public and private sector jobs, including transportation, entertainment, healthcare, the military and law enforcement,” he said.

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