When the governor inaugurated the Sikh Parade, he showed that Sikhs are a valued part of Indiana and are proud Hoosiers, themselves.“It is important that people see the Sikh community as the open, honest, and generous people that we are,” said Sikhs for America chairman Gurinder Singh.
“There are nearly three quarter million Sikhs living in America over 125 years yet most Americans know very little of the Sikh faith and lifestyle.”
Governor Pence also bestowed the Sagamore of the Wabash award to KP Singh, a Sikh for the first time in Indiana history.After the tragedies of 9/11, many in the Sikh community were targets of hate crimes and violence.
“99.5-percent of all people in America who wear a turban are Sikh,” said Singh. “But many people wrongly assume we are Muslims from the middle east, when in fact we are Sikh, primarily from subcontinental India.”
As Hoosiers go to the polls this November to vote, the Sikh community hopes that the next governor will also recognize the assets of the Sikh community, and the economic impact they have on the state...