Source: Religion News Service, February 1, 2024
[On Sunday, January 28], more than 120,000 Sikhs of all ages and occupations took part in a historic referendum in San Francisco on the creation of an autonomous homeland in northwestern India. They braved hours-long lines after already long commutes, in many cases from neighboring states, to reach the polling place in the City by the Bay.
These Sikhs, almost all of them U.S. citizens and residents, were voting aspirationally for the creation of Khalistan—a hoped-for but nonexistent “land of the pure” that would stand separate from the nation of India.
Organized by Sikhs for Justice, an activist group banned in India, the vote was aimed at raising the profile of Sikh efforts to convince the government of India to allow Punjab, the state where the Sikh faith was born, to secede.
Learn more about the Khalistan Movement and how it is connected with tensions between India and Canada (Al Jazeera).