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SGPC flays racial remarks on 1st Sikh attorney general in US

Appeals Sushma Swaraj to take up the issue of racial attacks on Sikhs with US government.

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2018 21:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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First Sikh-American attorney general Gurbir Singh Grewal.(HT File)

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Friday strongly condemned the two US radio hosts’ act of racially targeting first Sikh-American attorney general Gurbir Singh Grewal, by calling him a “turban man”.

Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, who host the ‘Dennis and Judi Show’ on the radio show NJ 101.5FM, were talking about Grewal’s decision to suspend marijuana prosecutions in New Jersey when they began calling him the “turban man” in an objectionable tone, as per media reports. Their remark has drawn severe criticism from the apex gurdwara body.

In the press release issued here, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said the remarks by the radio hosts reflect their “hatred feelings” toward the Sikhs. It has proved that a section of the developed countries like US are jealous toward the achievements of the Sikhs, he said.

“The Sikhs are known for turban and hair. The turban is not only religious identity of the Sikhs but also their religious article. The world should not forget the fact that the Sikh community is very hard-working, honest and raises voice for rights. Members of this community have contributed a lot for the prosperity of the country wherever they settled. So, they should be given due respect,” said Longowal.

He appealed to minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj to take up the issue of racial attacks on the Sikhs with the US government to ensure that no Sikh in that country faces this kind of humiliation.

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 21:13 IST