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Earlier Sikh migration was connected with the aim of crossing over to USA. This continued till recen times but with greater and greater difficulty. In earlier times a number of Sikhs married Mexican women as it was not possible to marry whites. Karen Leonard and others have covered this aspect of Sikh-Mexican connection in great detail. Some Sikhs settled down in Northern States of Mexico but most of them migrated to USA. Another major development has been the conversion of 100 or more Mexicans to Sikhism through the efforts of Late Yogi Harbhajan Singh’s 3HO via yoga. These Khalsa surnamed Sikhs are indeed devout Sikhs and were the first to set up Gurdwara in Mexico City. Presently there are some older generation of Sikhs largely assimilated with the local population in two of the Northern Provinces. A few of the recent immigrants since 1990's are into business (mainly garments). It would appear Nancy Craft of Delhi promoted by Narinder Pal Singh (Pali) was the fountainhead of many businesses. Besides Mexico City, Sikhs are present in Cancun, Guadalajara. There are a few expatriate professionals and one old immigrant, Arjan Singh who has grown with the 3HO movement of Yogi Harbhajan. Jassie, owner of the Indian Restaurant, Koh-E-Noor had generously invited the Sikh Sangat to dinner to meet with the author.

I cannot forget Satguru Singh Khalsa, a handsome 32 years old Sikh who drove in with his son in "Patka" to pick me up in Xalapa, capital of Vera Cruz Province. His is a fascinating story of how he became a Sikh and despite the heavy odds has stood up for Sikh symbols. His son was refused admission in a Private School but he fought his case through the Human Rights Commission. A full transcript of his interview is available.

THE SIKH EXPERIENCE IN SONORA
The book “India-Mexico”, by Eva Alexandra Uchmany, has some interesting stories about Sikh immigrants in the North. In early 1920’s President Obregon was keen to colonize certain regions of the country. The Sikhs took advantage of this and set about into agriculture. However with the regime change ten years later, the Sikhs were found unwanted. On a technicality the government confiscated their crops in 1932. All this contributed to the migration of these farmers from the State of Sonora to Sinaloa and from there, once again to the United States. One survivor is Gurmit Singh, resident of Culiacan, Sinaloa, native of Jullunder, Punjab, where he was born in 1911.

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