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Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia
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Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia is the former Secretary General of the World Sikh Council -- America Region, Moderator of Religions for Peace -- USA, former Board member of North American Interfaith Network, member of Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, former member of Board of Trustees of the National Religious Coalition Against Torture, and a member of the Board of Scholars and Practitioners of The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue.

He has helped to facilitate the Catholic-Sikh national consultation between the World Sikh Council -– America Region’s Interfaith Committee and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

He is also the former President of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio as well as Trustee of the Sikh Educational and Religious Foundation in Dublin, Ohio. He was a member of the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission and has co-edited a book titled Religion in Ohio: Profiles of Faith Communities, published by Ohio University Press in 2004 for the 200th birthday of Ohio.

Dr. Butalia is passionate about his faith, and promoting interfaith understanding and respect across religious boundaries.

Entries by Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia

Who Will You Make Peace With?

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 10:24 AM


Today, I am a proud and purposed Sikh-American, providing leadership in key national and international interreligious organizations. At an earlier point in my journey, things could have gone quite differently.

In 1989, when I came to the United States to pursue my Ph.D. degree...

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25th Assisi World Day Of Prayer For Peace: Joys, Blessings And Hopes

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:00 PM

In the interreligious movement, Oct. 27, 1986 stands out as a landmark moment when Pope John Paul II convened representatives of the world's religions to gather at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy to pray together for the first time in history.

Twenty-five years ago at the closing...

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Healing, Hope And Humanity: Reflections On The 10th Anniversary Of 9/11

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 4:22 PM

Several weeks ago I was visiting my doctor. On entering the small waiting room, a three-year-old child playing in the corner looked up at me and exclaimed to his mother "Mom -- there is the bad guy."

Then silence descended on the waiting room. There were only the three of...

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Learning From My Neighbors: A Sikh's Interfaith Journey

(21) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 1:40 PM

While growing up as a kid in northern India in the early 1980s, I fondly remember one of my best friends in high school, Sher Ali Khan. He was a devout Muslim.

While in 9th grade, Sher Ali called me over to his home for the Islamic festival of Eid....

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A Gandhian Apology to Sikhs for Ghosts of 1984?

(7) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 7:33 AM


A recently released WikiLeaks cable from August 2005 included an assessment by a senior diplomat at the American Embassy in New Delhi, India. It describes the parliamentary apology tendered by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in mid-August 2005 for the pogroms against the...

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The Sikh Kirpan: Balancing Religious Freedom with Security

(95) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 6:12 PM

On Jan. 18, four representatives of the World Sikh Organization of Canada were refused entry into the Quebec National Assembly because they were wearing the kirpan -- a religious requirement of the Sikh Faith for those formally initiated. The Sikhs had gone there to testify before the Committee on Institutions...

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