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Like Harris, Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, who immigrated to the US from Chhajulwadi in Amritsar, broke many a glass-ceiling when he became the first Asian-American, the first Indian-American, and the first Sikh to be elected to the US Congress in 1956.

Saund’s grand-nephew Gurpreet Singh who is president of the Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh, and the Global Sikh Council, grew up hearing about him.

Congressman Dalip Singh Saund with his brother Sardar Bahadur Karnail Singh, who was the first Sikh chairperson of the Railway Board, at the Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

It’s a part of our DNA as we are inclusive people.”“When Taya Dalip went to the US, Indians had no voting rights.

Global Sikh Council president and grand-nephew of Dalip Singh Saund, Gurpreet Singh ( HT Photo )“Taya Dalip campaigned vigorously for the Blacks the right to vote.

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