Indiana Senate session begins with Sikh Prayers

February 20, 2018 07:45 AM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: Sikhs Political Action Committee founder chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa, who originally hails from Kurukshetra (India) opened the Indiana State Senate session on Monday  with Sikh prayers at the Indiana State House, Downtown, here.
It was followed by a Sikh Resolution that was introduced recognizing Sikhs and their contributions to America past and present. The resolution was adopted by voice vote.
Gurinder Singh Khalsa said "Honored to open the session of Indiana State Senate with Sikh Prayers followed by introduction of Sikh Resolution by Senator Aaron Freeman and Senator Jack E Sandlin at Indiana State Senate which was unanimously passed by the Senate."
Mr Gurinder Singh Khalsa thanked Lt governor Suzanne Crouch, President Pro Tempore, David Long  and all the Senators for inviting the Sikh community to join today for the invocation.
The Resolution recognized the contributions of Sikhs in Indiana and across the United States for over 125 years.
There are approximately 700,000 Sikhs in United States and an estimated 10,000 living in Indiana. The sikhs have been living in USA for 125 years and in Indiana for over 50 years. The Resolution says Sikhs are one of the fastest growing business communities in Indiana which is home of 3500 Sikh-owned businesses, including gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants.
Sikhs in USA pursue diverse professions and walks of life, making rich contributions to economic vibrancy of the United States as farmers, engineers, doctors, scientists and business owners.
It is fitting that the Indiana Senate recognises and acknowledges the signification contributions that Sikhism has made across the United States, to the state of Indiana, and to local communities. The resolution was adopted by voice vote.
Senator Jack E Sandlin wrote on FB "It was great to have all of you in the Statehouse today. Collectively you do so much for our community and our State."
Meanwhile, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Aviv Ezra ,  spoke on the deep relations between the state of Indiana and Israel. Indiana and Israel have worked in recent years to strengthen business and cultural relationships and Israeli companies have located in Indiana to create Hoosier jobs.
Sikhs Political Action Committee members holding the copy of the resolution adopted by  Indiana State Senate on Monday.

138:  Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Aviv Ezra  (centre) with Gurinder Singh Khalsa at the Indiana State House, Indianapolis.

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