Detroit: Michigan State Representative Ranjeev Puri introduced a bill to call attacks on places of worship “hate crimes”. The bill seeks to expand the definition of “hate crime” to include vandalism of a place of worship like a Hindu temple, mosque, or Gurudwara.
He has also introduced a bill to include Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and Lunar New Year in the list of state-recognized holidays in Michigan.
Michigan State Representative Ranjeev Puri’s parents migrated to the US from Amritsar in the 1970s.
Puri said, “As they emigrated to Wisconsin, they noticed there weren’t a lot of people that look like them. They really helped build a community and as more and more people emigrated, they actually started the first Sikh Gurdwara in the state of Wisconsin. I watched them build a community into the Oak Tree.”