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18 July, 2012
Sikhs in Latin America
Sikhs in Latin America: Travels
among the Sikh Diaspora
By- Swarn Singh Kahlon
Sikhs in Latin America: Travels among the Sikh
Diaspora is an endeavour by the author to complete the Sikh
migration map by covering countries about which little is known and hence is a
pioneering effort in Diaspora studies. It has been a heartwarming experience
for him to meet some of these Sikh Khalsas, at times, all alone in a big city
keeping their faith against heavy odds. Then there are Singhs who have lost
touch with their ancestral heritage and do not know why they are Singhs.
The actual destination of the immigrants was North
America but if that was closed to them, they would go anywhere in the Americas:
Argentina being a prime example. This trend exists even today. The USA is still
the El Dorado for them.
‘Singh Khalsa’ signs on shops are a sight to behold in
the far corners of the globe. The spirit of Sikh enterprise is very much alive.
Setting up of gurdwaras, though somewhat late, is helping rebuild connections
with Sikhi and Punjab. An interesting aspect is the conversion of locals almost
all over Latin America, to Sikhism, by Yogi Harbhajan’s 3HO.
The author has included a chapter on his student days
in the USA in the late 1950s, when for the Americans, India was a land of snake
charmers and Maharajas. A Sikh was considered either a Maharaja or a pauper
with no money to even get a proper shave. It provides a unique contrast to the
scene in Latin America.
The author opens these exotic
locales for the readers and introduces the early and present Sikh immigrants
who are keeping the flag of this adventurous community flying.
Swarn Singh Kahlon, has been travelling extensively in an effort to
complete the global migration map of Sikhs. In the first phase, he has focused
on Latin America.
ISBN 978-81-7304-938-5 2012 362p. Rs.1075/