sikhs-an-american-portrait: Bhupinder Singh, Navneet Kaur, Ravkiran, and Jaskaran. Southington, CT
Bhupinder’s family came to the US after the riots in India in 1984 that killed approximately 3,000 Sikhs. “…We also lost our business because there were many Hindus who wouldn’t want to do business with us because of the whole attitude of the Indian society at the time.” The 1984 anti-Sikh riots were triggered by the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by two of her Sikh bodyguards.
Navneet Kaur “My parents knew when we came here that it was hard for them to survive. They left their country for us, to seek a better future for us to be more educated and to look for the American Dream. But they also did not want us to forget our roots. If you forget your roots, then you’re just anybody – so have to keep your culture and your good values. The challenging thing for us as parents in the Sikh community in America is that you have to take the good and leave the bad – and there’s good things about our culture and there’s good things about American culture. You combine them, move on and always progress…”