Published August 23, 2012 | 6:03 pm
Wisconsin: In a bid to reach out to the grieving Sikh community, US First Lady Michelle Obama went to Wisconsin to meet the victims and family members of the Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting that killed six worshippers.
The private visit of Michelle is being seen as part of Obama Administration’s move to reach out to the Sikh Community who were shattered by the August 5 shooting. The visit by First Lady is also seen as powerful symbol of President Obama embracing the Sikhs at this serious juncture. Temple official Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal told Associated Press that Obama offered her sympathies for the Aug. 5 tragedy. He says her appearance is a “wonderful gesture.”
She met with families in a hallway of the Oak Creek high school. Dhaliwal says Sikhs have taken comfort in the knowledge the shooting has at least helped them educate the world about their religion. The shooting incident had shocked the entire nation and India as well, with the Sikh community terming it as an incident of hate crime.