Published August 30, 2012 | 6:29 pm
For the first time in U.S. history, a Sikh American gave the invocation at a Republican National Convention.
Singh was invited to the convention by the Indian American governor of South Carolina’s, Nikki Haley’s father. However Singh clarified that his being there had nothing to do with his political beliefs. “I accepted the invitation without thinking of whether I’m going to a Democrats convention or with the Republican. To me this was a national platform to show what my religion is all about,” he said.
“It was a great day for me and the Sikh community,” Singh said after creating history.
“It is a great honour for me to be here today as a Sikh and as an American. I am proud that my country cherishes the values of freedom, equality and dignity,” Singh, sporting a white pagri, said in his remarks in front of thousands of Republicans who had gathered from all across the country to nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate.