Indian-American Sikh accorded with Rosa Park Trailblazer award

Khalsa dedicated the award to the Sikh community.

19 Jan 2019: Indian-American Sikh accorded with Rosa Park Trailblazer award

An Indian-American philanthropist and entrepreneur, Gurinder Singh Khalsa, has been presented with the prestigious Rosa Park Trailblazer award for his campaign that forced US authorities to change their policy towards headgear of the Sikh community.

Indianapolis-based Khalsa, 45, was presented the award for his continued demonstration of courage and compassion.

In 2007, Khalsa was refused access to board an airplane because of his turban.

Fact: Khalsa had mobilized more than 67,000 people nationwide

Following the incident, Khalsa mobilized more than 67,000 people nationwide for petitions and took the issue to all the way to the US Congress, which forced Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to change its headgear policy towards the Sikh community.

Results: Thanks to Khalsa, Sikhs can wear turban through airport security

As a result of Khalsa's movement, Sikhs can now wear their turban through airport security in the US.

"I was prevented from boarding the flight because I refused to remove my turban. I took this stand for all those who believe in religious liberty and freedom of faith," Khalsa, who also heads the Indiana-based Sikhs Political Affairs Committee, said...

...American principles: 'Gurinder stood for American principles that make our nation great'

"I know that Gurinder in his lifetime has experienced and witnessed certain perceptions and situations that have been unjust," said Hill.

He added, "But in his cheerful and dignified manner, he has stood for justice and free speech and freedom of religion and for so many American principles that make our nation great."

Indiana State Assembly Speaker also congratulated Khalsa on receiving the award.

Fact: Indiana State Assembly Speaker Brian C Bosma also congratulated Khalsa

Indiana State Assembly Speaker Brian C Bosma congratulated Khalsa on receiving the 2019 Rosa Parks Trailblazer award for his principled commitment to faith and his "pursuit of positive change" that embodies the American principles of free speech and religious freedom.

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