Northeast Mississippi Sikh Community

From Riley Manning …

TUPELO – Sukhjinder Singh Gill immigrated to the United States in 1997 from Punjab, India, the birthplace of Sikhism. Initially landing in Los Angeles, he likes the Mississippi way of life better.

“I feel at home here,” he said. “It is not so busy.”

Gill works 15-hour days at the B and D convenience store in Tupelo, which he owns with his brother. He and his wife have two daughters and a son, ranging from ages 3 to 15, and teach them to try hard in school and stay away from drugs. They love Disney World and American basketball, especially during the Olympics.

“We brought our future to this country, where a person can be anything” he said.

When they attend worship on Sundays at the Tupelo Gurunanak Sikh Center, Gill dons his turban, an important sign in Sikhism showing respect for God.

Though beards and turbans are stereotypically associated with Islam, they are the uniform of the Sikh faith, meant to show respect for God.

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