Sikhs posts

Rivers of hate

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Under legal duress, the UK’s openly racist British National Party may welcome its first non-white member. He’s a Sikh:

An elderly Sikh who describes Islam as a “beast” and once provided a character reference for Nick Griffin during his racial hatred trial is set to become the British National Party’s first non-white member. … the BNP’s [...]

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By inviting a turbaned man up on stage in D.C. to ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ a week ago, was Bono highlighting the patriotism of Sikh Americans, drawing a parallel between the Derry massacre and Jallianwalla Bagh, invoking minority political grievances, or just looking for a memorable visual?
One friend’s comment after seeing the brotha get pulled [...]


Monday, November 10th, 2008

Mauritian mercenary Quarbani Singh is one of the playable characters in the new first-person shooter Far Cry 2. The character is 45, 6 feet tall, 195 lbs, and prefers to lay waste to Africa in a patka rather than a turban. The game uses what it calls the Dunia engine, which means ‘world’ in Hindi [...]


Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Numb3rs actress Navi Rawat and would-be Senator Chirinjeev Kathuria turned up at the opening gala for the Sikh Film Festival in NYC last night. The festivities were held at Cipriani.

Among the highlights of the heritage week is the Sikh Film Festival, which runs all day Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., at the Asia Society on [...]

Emergency 9-1-1

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Immigrants in superhero movies tend to be cast as either criminals or local color, to give their metropoli grittiness and veracity. Aasif Mandvi’s pizzeria owner in Spiderman 2 existed for little reason but to reassure audiences that yes, this is New York.
The drunk superhero movie Hancock is no exception. Pritam Singh Biring plays the token [...]

Born in the U.K.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Greetings from Bury Park is journie Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir about growing up working class in Luton. Manzoor’s Pakistani father worked at the Vauxhall auto factory, his mother sewed piecework out of her living room, and Manzoor fled to college to avoid being stifled by his conservative father, ’six-foot-five and built like a brick house.’ Along [...]

Man-sized cross

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Congrats to Jenna Bush on getting married to the scion of the Haggar wrinkle-free pantaloon dynasty (

Sweating on the Sabbath

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Sikh construction workers are actually a common sight in Harlem and parts of Brooklyn:

Pictured during one of my regular jaunts through Williamsburg… The boys with the black hats were on their way to temple which was just down the street, the boys working with the shovels were mixing concrete by hand, and laying bricks outside [...]

Fear of turbans

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is apparently circulating photos of Barack Obama in Somali nomadic dress while visiting a Somali-inhabited part of Kenya. It’s the turban which they’re calling attention to, of course — because we all know turban means Muslim means terrorist. Hillary herself wore a hijab on a trip to Saudi Arabia, and Dubya and [...]

Mandeep’s da man

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I’m feelin’ Mandeep Sethi’s conscious, jazz-inspired hip-hop beats. Listen here: every track kills, but especially the gorgeous, downtempo ‘Blissful State of Anarchy’; ‘Jazzy Fresh’; and ‘Maybe Then.’ As a turbaned man, he’s got serious beef after 9/11. From ‘Place Where I Live’:
Yo, I feel the flava, I don’t think it feels me backIt’s kind of [...]

Eyrie Punjabi

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

The elegant San Jose gurdwara sits in the eastern hills overlooking Silicon Valley. The inside of its dome has only the ‘ik onkar’ symbol. It’s far less ornate than Italian churches:

I was served langar by an Ultrabrown reader

Fooled by randomness

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Waris Singh Ahluwalia is always searched, but it’s truly random

Rootsgear… which designs T-shirts with political and social messages and a hip-hop sensibility aimed at Punjabi Sikh youth, says its Facebook group helps the company stay connected to regulars in its ethnic community and the socially conscious rap scene… the page drives more traffic to Rootsgear… [...]


Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Baroness Thatcher attended a wreath-laying ceremony today to honour Commonwealth soldiers killed fighting for Britain.
Lady Thatcher was a guest alongside the Bishop of London, the Right Rev Richard Chartres and foreign dignitaries at the event held ahead of Remembrance Sunday at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, London.
The Gates were completed five years ago, in [...]

He looks like a trimmer to me

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Former U.S. ambassador to India Robert Blackwill visited a Delhi gurdwara in ‘01. He’s now flipped out the whirligig door to a cushy lobbying position in D.C.:

India, which has paid Barbour Griffith & Rogers $1.24 million since Mr. Blackwill began lobbying for it in late 2005, has hired him… to push for a nuclear deal [...]