American Sikh Council (ASC) is really proud of the fact that a very young representative S.Karanveer Singh is the originator of a ‘resolution’ – ‘Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month’ in the state of New Jersey. S.Karanveer Singh a sophomore in college initially drafted and worked on the ‘resolution’ at the end of his freshman year while interning with State Assemblyman Louis Greenwald in the summer of 2017. S.Karanveer Singh put in a lot of hard work and persevered to make sure that this resolution was pushed through the New Jersey state legislative, since it was not only important for all Sikh Americans but especially for Sikh New Jersians.
S.Karanveer Singh is an Eagle Scout who has been volunteering on many different projects including assisting and running the Sikh Exhibit at the 2013 and 2017 Boy Scouts Jamboree. He was given the honor to speak and give the opening prayer in front of over 45,000 Scouts and attendees, just before President trump spoke on July 24, 2017 in Glen Jean, West Virginia.
S.Karanveer Singh has also written a comprehensive solution-oriented book on “Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student” while a junior in high school and published it at the start of his senior year. He went on to receive a letter of appreciation from President Barack Obama on April 29, 2016. In January 25, 2018 he was honored by the town of Voorhees, NJ as ‘Citizen of the Year’ at a banquet.
With S.Karanveer Singh’s passionate work and the support of the local Sikh community resulted in Rep. Louis Greenwald [D], spearheading the proposed resolution with other Assembly members sponsoring it. On March 26, 2018 the New Jersey Legislative Assembly passed the resolution unanimously(76-0-0).
In the New Jersey Senate, Senator Stephen Sweeney [D] led and proposed the resolution. The Senate passed both houses (36-0). The unanimously approved ‘Resolution SJR58’ designates the month of April of every year as “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.”
Local community leaders from the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of the Delaware Valley Gurdwara, Pine Hill, NJ helped spread the word to rally and further highlight the importance of passing this ‘resolution’.
Members of the various Gurdwaras from the tristate region, which included the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of the Delaware Valley Gurdwara, Pine Hill, NJ; Philadelphia Sikh Society Gurdwara, Millbourne, PA; Khalsa Darbar Gurdwara, Burlington, NJ, Sikh Cultural Society of New York Gurdwara, Richmond Hill, NY; Central Jersey Sikh Association Gurdwara, West Windsor, NJ; South Jersey Sikh Society Gurdwara, Vineland, NJ, Dashmesh Darbar Gurdwara, Port Reading, NJ and Sikh Sabha Gurdwara, Lawrenceville, NJ.
This is indeed a historic moment in Sikh Americans as it shows that not only is New Jersey accepting of diversity but stands against bias and all hate rhetoric. New Jersey recently elected the first Sikh American Mayor, Ravinder Singh in the town of Hoboken and the first appointed Attorney General Gurbir Singh. This historic resolution will definitely improve religious and cultural sensitivity towards Sikh Americans and all minorities moving forward.