On Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has praised the contribution of the Sikh-American community in the cultural diversity and development of his state.
His head wrapped in a Sikh turban, Mr. Murphy has begun his speech with a traditional greeting “Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji ki Fateh.”
On the account to celebrate the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, he addressed hundreds of Sikh-Americans, said that “New Jersey exhibits a vividly-colored tapestry with every person and each community contributing their own threads. How boring this tapestry would be without the Sikh community (…) and how vibrant it is with them.”
The event was arranged by “Let’s Share a Meal” accompanied by the Sikh Chamber of Commerce Global (SACC), SAVA, and Dhan Guru Nanak Jatha at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 23.
Gurbir Singh Grewal is the first Sikh-American Attorney General in the history of America and the 61st Attorney General of New Jersey, praised the Sikh Community by referring the instances of executed Indian-American Police Officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was encountered on-duty during a traffic stop in Texas in September 2019.
Sources said that “Deputy Dhaliwal…protected his community and he sacrificed his life in service of others. In that tragedy, the whole world saw what we as Sikhs know and what Guru Nanak taught us.”
A US-born popular comedian and keynote speaker Hasan Minhaj have a detailed discussed with journalist Shweta Singh on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and the prevailing state of the world.
Founder of Let’s Share a Meal, Onkar Singh has said that “the event was an attempt to provide an opportunity to learn more about Guru Nanak’s teachings and Sikhism.”