Washington (TIP): Sixteen US lawmakers led by Democrat John Garamendi have introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives, honouring the Sikh group’s celebration of Vaisakhi.
The bipartisan resolution was co-sponsored amongst others by the lone Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, one of many largest in Congress with greater than one hundred eighty members.
“America’s founding beliefs of freedom of worship, equality, and justice are mirrored in the Sikh American group’s celebration of Vaisakhi,” stated Garamendi, co-chair of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus.
“I am proud to characterize one of many largest Sikh communities in the nation. I have partnered with the group on many points, together with civil liberties, schooling, and enterprise improvement,” he stated.
“Sikhs are an integral a part of the American material, and we invite our fellow Americans to study extra about their Sikh neighbours by visiting their native gurdwaras and partnering with us on group service tasks,” stated Rajdeep Singh, senior director of regulation and coverage on the Sikh Coalition.
The resolution notes that Sikhism based in the Punjab area of South Asia over 5 centuries in the past was introduced to the US in the nineteenth century.
Sikhism is the fifth largest world faith with roughly 25 million adherents from numerous backgrounds all through the world, together with 500,000 adherents in the US, it stated.
Sikhs in the US pursue numerous professions and walks of life, making wealthy contributions to the financial vibrancy as farmers, engineers, docs, scientists, and enterprise house owners, the resolution famous.
Sikh Americans proceed to make strides towards securing spiritual liberty as patriotic members of the US Armed Forces, it stated.