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 Congratulations, Lt. Colonel Kalsi!


Kamal Singh Kalsi

Sat Nam. Lt. Colonel Kalsi is an emergency room M.D. and a U.S. Army officer who has served in the military since 2001. He also serves as a member of Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council.

The first Sikh soldier to receive a religious accommodation to wear a turban and maintain a beard in uniform in over a generation, Kalsi founded SAVA, Sikh American Veteran's Alliance, in 2017, to promote Sikh military history and service.

Colonel Kalsi has been named to the New Jersey Governor-Elect transition team. See Details.

Congratulations, Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa!


Inderjit Kaur Khalsa aka
Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D.

Sat Nam. Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa aka Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D, was recently honored with the Sikhs In Education Award and the Jewels of the Punjab Award.

Bibiji was previously proclaimed Bhai Sahiba of the Western Hemisphere by her late husband, the Siri Singh Sahib, and the Khalsa Council of Sikh Dharma lnternational.

In 2004, Bibiji was honored again with a proclamation from the Akal Takhat, which acknowledged and confirmed her status as Bhai Sahiba. -- See Details.

Congratulations, Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa!


Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa

Sat Nam. An American Kundalini Yoga instructor, 61, shot dead two of four alleged burglars after they broke into her home in Chile.

Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa, originally from Texas, USA, shot and killed two home invaders as they allegedly attempted to rob her in her residence just north of Santiago, Chile, November 25, 2016.

Khalsa, 61, was in the bedroom of her Batuco home when four men entered and struck her on the head with a firearm.

The men tried to tie her up but Khalsa was able to free herself and grabbed her registered Taurus model revolver from beneath her pillow. Khalsa shot dead two of the men. The others escaped. The dead men's identities and origins were not immediately released. -- See Details.

Congratulations, Singh Sahib Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa!


Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa

Sat Nam. Sat Jivan Singh is proprietor of The Khalsa Law Firm, PC, and Kundalini Yoga East. He's been in private practice in New York since 1974.

Over the years, his areas of expertise have developed to include business and commercial matters, the rights of the disabled, nonprofit organizations and education law, in addition to a wide range of estate planning specialties. His firm focuses solely on Estate Planning and Elder Law and includes: Living Trusts, Asset Protection, Charitable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Medicaid Planning, Business Succession Planning, and Trusts for Children with Special Needs.

Sat Jivan Singh's first book, "Estate Planning Essentials: A Guidebook for Modern Families," was published in June, 2015 and introduces modern strategies that define a strong estate plan, and the evolution of changes in tax structures, and the way assets are passed from one generation to the next. 

Sat Jivan Singh formerly served as the president of the Sikh Lawyers Bar Association and as a Board of Director member of the Asian American Bar Association. He previously served as an aide to the late United States Senator John Sparkman.

Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa recently donated one of his kidneys as a gift of love. -- See Details.

Congratulations, Bibi Jasbir Kaur Khalsa!


Jasbir Kaur Khalsa
July 5, 1947 - February 10, 2011

Sat Nam. Bibi Jasbir Kaur Khalsa's legacy is an inspiration to many people across the globe. Her commitment to teaching the ways of Sikhism to many in Asia, Europe, and North America is based in her own devotion.

Bibi ji's interest in propogating the original devotional music of the Sikhs known as Gurmat Sangeet inspired her brain child, the Adutti Gurmat Sangeet Sammelan, where Raagis present compositions from the Sikh scripture, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, in the original Raag in which the compositions were written.

Bibi's legacy continues to encourage us with her wisdom and experience to live with devotion to an honest and spiritual life, imbibing the spirit of the the Sri Guru Granth Sahib into our daily lives.

In a historic first, the portrait of a Sikh woman, Bibi Jasbir Kaur Khalsa, is now displayed in the central Sikh museum at the Golden Temple honoring her contributions in the field of Gurmat Sangeet. -- See Details.

Congratulations, Preet Kaur Didbal!


Preet Kaur Didbal

Sat Nam. Preet Kaur, 46, who is Indian-American, is currently a correctional health care services manager in the California Department of Corrections. She has served on the Yuba City Planning Commission for eight years. She holds an associate degree in nutrition, a bachelor’s degree in physical education, and a master’s in public administration.

Preet Kaur recently, Decemer 5, 2017, made history when she become the first Sikh woman mayor of a city in the U.S.


Preet Kaur being sworn in along side her mother.


Mom embraces daughter.


Preet Kaur as a child with parents.

She stood tall and smiling next to her mother as she was sworn in by her daughter as part of the Yuba City, California ceremony for new council members. -- See Details.

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Pages And Points To Ponder

See Turban Is Bana. See DualityOptics.com. See The Essence of Kaur. See The Turban Is A Bigot Detector. See BroadPoints.com. See But Where Are The Women? See The Role And Status of Sikh Women. See U.S. Sikhs Want Women To Sing At Golden Temple. See Bibi Kiranjot Kaur On Women's Rights. See A Muslim Woman Teaches Kirtan. See Women Are Not Allowed To Play Kirtan. See Sikhism And Homosexuality. See Why Do You Not See Any Sikh Women? See Sikh Identity Is For Men Only. See When Will Sikh Men Stand Up. See Sikh Women's Issues. See Women And The Sikh Religion. See My Response To The Sikh Minister Survey. See How To Make Yoga Classes LGBT Friendly. See Punjabi Sikh Optics Do Matter. See What's With Sikhs And Gender Equality? See Circumstance. See The Woman Pope. See Women Are Much More Than This. See The Question of Authority Within Sikhism. See Should Mixed Faith Marriage In Sikh Temples Be Banned? See Balvinder Kaur Saund. See Maharani Jind Kaur: Saint Soldier. See Sudha Kaur Chopra On Gurdwara Security. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Life According To Hari Nam Kaur. See I Fight Like A Girl. See Dastaar For Sikh Women. See The Turban Is A Crown. See The Essence of Kaur. See Life According To Joan Baez. See Menstruation From A Woman's Perspective. See Granny Stops Burglar. See Life According To Andrea Mitchell. See 'Sikh' And Ye Shall Find. See Women Wimps Or Warriors.

Congratulations, Gurbir Singh Grewal!


Gurbir Singh Grewal

Sat Nam. Gurbir Singh Grewal was announced as New Jersey Govornor-elect Phil Murphy’s choice for attorney general. Grewal would be the first Sikh to be selected to the position in the state’s history, as well as the first Sikh state attorney general in U.S. history. See More.

Grewal, a Glen Rock father of three, is the first South Asian to be named to the position. A Democrat, he had served as acting prosecutor since his appointment by Governor Christie in January 2016. But a unanimous confirmation vote in the state Senate in November has allowed him to shed the “acting” title.

Grewal will serve a five-year term as the agency’s head. In that position, he will exercise substantial power to lead criminal investigations, coordinate regional task forces and oversee municipal police departments. -- Source.

Before becoming a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, Grewal also served as an AUSA in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from 2004 to 2007, where he was ultimately assigned to the Business and Securities Fraud Unit. As an AUSA in the Eastern District of New York, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of narcotics offenses, white collar crimes, and terrorism cases. His significant matters included the successful prosecution of 12 men charged with providing material support to the Tamil Tigers terrorist organization.

In addition to his work as a federal prosecutor, Grewal has also worked in private practice, including at Howrey LLP (from 1999 to 2004 in Washington, D.C., and from 2008 to 2010 in New York, NY). While at Howrey LLP, he counseled clients on a range of matters including securities, trademark, antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues; represented individuals and companies in government investigations and criminal proceedings; conducted internal investigations for public corporations; and conducted civil trials.

Grewal graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1995. He obtained his law degree from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1999. -- Source.

Pages And Points To Ponder

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See Sikh Definitions.

See Glossary of Sikh Terms.

See Greetings, Names and Titles.

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