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US Sikhs happy at Barack Obama's re-election

Posted on Nov 08, 09:06PM | IANS

The Sikh community across America has expressed happiness at President Barack Obama's re-election saying he has demonstrated deep respect for the Sikh faith and stood by the community.

The election outcome was "especially great for the Sikhs because Obama has demonstrated in the last four years that he has deep respect for the Sikh faith", said Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE).

"He has strong commitment to protect the civil rights of the Sikhs in the US and has gone an extra mile to stand by the community in the aftermath of the Wisconsin gurdwara shootout," he said.

Navneet S. Chugh, managing director of the Chugh Firm, a Los Angeles-based largest Indian law firm and president of the Santa Ana Orange County Gurdwara, hoped Obama would move forward with promised immigration reform.

Dawinder "Dave" S. Sidhu, an assistant professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, said Obama's re-election will allow the Justice Department's reinvigorated civil rights division to continue the important work of "providing more robust enforcement of our federal civil rights safeguards".

Devinder K. Singh, president and CEO, AMDEX Corporation, and board member of EcoSikh, said the Sikh community "looks forward to his promotion of important public values, such as justice, freedom and equality that are essential to a good society".

Jasbir Singh Kang, an active Sikh leader in Yuba City and an official of the Punjabi American Heritage Society, said: "I am very optimistic that he will unite and rally all Americans under his leadership."

Amar Sawhney, president and CEO of Boston-based Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. and a board member of EcoSikh, said: Obama's "policies and actions have been directed towards inclusiveness and benefit more than the few".

Sartaj Singh Dhami, an active Sikh youth leader in Washington and an Outreach Director of SCORE, said Obama was "the strongest president to date who has worked to highlight all issues for all minorities".

"The re-election of President Obama fills me with hope in a time of great challenge," said Valarie Kaur, Sikh American activist and director of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)