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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Queens Leader Helps Growing Sikh Community

It's not uncommon to see Harpreet Singh Toor in the middle of community discussions in Richmond Hill. He's one of the visible leaders in the Sikh community and when there's a problem, many people turn to him.

"It could be their kids getting in trouble in school, or parent teacher meeting where the parents cannot communicate they need me to talk to the teacher," said Toor....

Then, after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Toor was able to help many in his community when a number of Sikhs were assaulted after being mistaken for Muslims.

"He helped us go to precinct, go to hospital," said local resident Bhupinder Singh Atwal.

After going to the authorities, Toor then used the media attention to make New Yorkers aware of the Sikh religion.

"Harpreet is very famous and he's an intelligent organizer of our community," said resident Gurmit Singh Sandal.

The organizer says as the community continues to grow, so will his efforts. [Link]

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