WASHINGTON - The American-Sikh community has profusely thanked the US people and government for their “instantaneous” sympathetic response after a white supremacist killed six Sikhs during a shooting rampage at a Wisconsin Sikh temple earlier this month. In an advertisement placed in The Washington Times Thursday, the over half million strong American-Sikh community members said they “want to publicly salute, and thank, their American compatriots, from First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and (his Republican challenger) Governor Mitt Romney downwards, as well as the American media, for the magnificent compassion and sympathy shown by them.”

The ad., which appeared in the op-ed section of the newspaper, was sponsored by 57 American-Sikh Gurdwaras and Organizations from all over the United States, It will run for ten days on the newspaper’s internet edition, according to Dr Amarjit Singh, the head of Washington-based Khalistan Affairs Center. The ad pointed out that many members of the American-Sikh community, who had “experienced state-sponsored pogroms, any genocide, since June 1984, in their homeland of Indian occupied Punjab” were deeply touched by the outpouring of sympathy for them from across America.