SIKHSPAC CHAIRMAN GURINDER SINGH KHALSA ENDORSES HATE CRIMES BILL AT DOWNTOWN RALLY
INDIANAPOL November 23 ( Raj Gogna)-– Gurinder Singh Khalsa, chairman of SikhsPAC, endorsed pending hate crimes legislation at a press conference held today at the Indiana Statehouse. The event was organized by the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate and included state legislators and representatives of various organizations.
Khalsa emphasized the importance of enacting hate crimes legislation to Hoosiers and our state’s economic development. “Today, many businesses – including large corporations of all types – will not locate their operations in states that don’t protect threatened minorities,” Khalsa said. “Business want to be sure that they can employ the best people possible, without regard to race, sex, color or religion. And they want to be assured that their employees are protected from harm.
“Our state is dependent on businesses to create opportunities for everyone,” he added. “The lack of a strong hate crimes law deters companies from considering Indiana for new jobs. And it implies that we, as Hoosiers, do not cherish all of our fellow citizens.”
According to Khalsa, Sikhs value peace and unity. “Our philosophy emphasizes equality of all mankind. We believe in actively protecting the rights of others. And we believe in helping others, both for the good of the community and the good of each individual person,” he said. “Indiana needs these protections. SikhsUSA and SikhsPAC strongly support hate crime legislation in the upcoming general assembly.”
The Sikh community in Indiana is large and growing every day. More than 10,000 Sikhs live in Indiana and more than 3,500 businesses are owned or operated by Sikhs in our state.