WASHINGTON — Resolutions have been introduced to the United States Congress to honor Sikh Americans for their contributions and sacrifices. This is the first Senate resolution introduced to honor the Sikh community.
Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, submitted the resolutions on Thursday, which includes recognizing Guru Nanak's — the first of ten gurus and founders of Sikhism — 550th birthday. The resolutions work to further Americans understanding and appreciation of the Sikh experience and history, according to Senator Young's release.
Sikhism is a monotheistic religion and the fifth largest in the world. There are more than 25 million Sikhs in the world and almost a million in the US.
Hoosier Sikhs are one of the fastest-growing business communities in Indiana, according to Senator Young's resolution.
"This resolution honors Sikh Americans, a vital part of our Nation's rich culture and diversity," Senator Young said. "Indiana is home to more than 10,000 Sikhs, and I am proud to introduce the first resolution ever introduced in the Senate in their honor. As the fifth-largest religion in the world, Hoosier communities are made richer by their contributions."
The senators' resolutions recognize:
- The historical, cultural, and religious significance of the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak.
- The contributions and sacrifices made by Sikhs of the United States.
- The discrimination that Sikhs of the United States have faced in the United States and around the world.
- Expresses respect for all Sikhs who practice their faith.
"Sikh Americans have been a proud part of the American story for generations and they continue to enrich our nation and the communities in which they live,” Senator Cardin said. “I thank the Sikh community for their ongoing social, cultural and economic contributions, and for their courage to stand up against racial and religious discrimination against their community and others.”
The Senate resolution also mentions Snatam Kaur, Gursoach Kaur and Supreet Kaur — three distinguished Sikh women who make diverse contributions to the US.