Washington: The California Assembly has passed a resolution declaring November 2012 as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month. The passage of the resolution in this regard by the California Assembly has been welcomed by the influential Sikh community of the State.

"Please join me in declaring November 2012 as California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month," said Assemblyman Dan Logue.

The resolution was introduced by Assemblyman Henry Perea, who could not be present due to his mother's serious illness.

"Every year on the first Sunday of November, Sikh Americans celebrate the coronation of their scriptures. Among the celebrations are Sikh parades, the largest of which is held in Yuba City, which is famous worldwide," Logue said.

"Californians of Sikh heritage deserve to be recognized for their significant contributions to our state. They came here around 100 years ago and have made their mark in agriculture, trucking, medicine, and technology," he said.

Five Assembly Members -- Roger Dickinson, Warren T Fururtani, Jim Nielsen, Chris Norby and Bob Wieckowski – spoke on the occasion.

Some 20 eminent Sikhs community members were present in the Assembly when the resolution was passed without any opposition.

Prominent among them were Pashaura Singh Dhillon, who had initiated the move, Gurjatinder S Randhawa (chairman NRI Front USA), Charanjit Singh Bath, M S Sandhawalia, Gurdip S Nijjar, Nirmal Singh, Dr Onkar Singh Bindra.


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