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Pictures Of Sikh Gurus Hung Inside Bar In L.a, California

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As of late Thursday night pictures of Sikh Gurus continue to be hung inside the “Maharaja Room” of Pikey Bar.
United Sikhs representative Karam Grewal spoke to the manager of the bar Hallelujah Walcott, who told him that the portraits would be removed “very soon.” However, no definite timeline was established.

Karam Grewal of United Sikhs was quoted telling India-West Magazine:

“Our religion is very against drinking. Hanging pictures of our guru where people are drinking is very disrespectful,” Karam Grewal, told India-West Magazine. “Images of Guru Gobind Singh are only found in gurdwaras or in private homes,” the Indian American said, adding that Pikey has tried to create an Indo-British feel to its Maharaja room, where portraits of maharajahs hang alongside pictures of Sikh saints.

“They’re being passive aggressive. They have said they will take them down, but have not told us when. They realize that they have hurt a lot of people, but they’re not doing anything about it,” she said, adding that Pikey’s managers should close that part of the restaurant or at least cover the portraits until the matter is settled.

Another Publication called WEHOville spoke to the Manager of Pikey’s Bar Noam Rubin regarding the removal of the pictures, the manager said Pikey’s is waiting for replacement paintings to arrive.

The bar is owned by New York hotelier Sean MachPherson whose net worth is estimated at 800 Million dollars according to India West Magazine.

Committed, Inc. is the company the Bar is under which Owns eight restaurants in Southern California and a number of hotels in New York.

United Sikhs have asked the owner to donate the portraits to a local Gurdwara after removal.

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I've seen pictured of our gurus hung in grocery stores where they sell alcohol, likewise in restaurants where they sell meat and alcohol. It's commonplace.

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I've seen pictured of our gurus hung in grocery stores where they sell alcohol, likewise in restaurants where they sell meat and alcohol. It's commonplace.

Does not make it acceptable

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I believe they have been taken down and the owner has apologised as he simply was not aware what they were and their significance.

I see it as an innocent mistake that has gone public.

Don't forget that we also have restaurants and bars in the same Californian area that display the confederate flag and the owners have adamantly refused to take them down.

( NOTE, For those of you not aware outside the Americas,-- the confederate flag symbolises the deep south of US during their civil war. They were the ones that did NOT want slavery of negroes abolished. They preferred to keep the negroes as slaves and as the untouchables of society. So the flag is very offensive and deemed as deeply racist.)

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