Every year for 3-4 months the New Mexico Legislature gets together and makes decisions on different bills and operations for the state. The opening session is normally a big event and many people come to participate in the opening ceremonies and speech by the Governor. After the opening ceremonies the Sikh community hosted many of the local government officials to a Luncheon at India Palace (down the street) in downtown Santa Fe. This has been a tradition since 1995 that Yogi Bhajan started. There were sooo many people there and I felt like a pinball bouncing around trying to dodge the waiters bring dishes/food and people walking by. I think there were about 150 guests that came (mostly politicians from the capitol). It was a great event and people really felt the hospitality of the Sikhs. We were all hosting everyone, serving and doing everything we could to serve them. In New Mexico we have established very good personal relations with the leaders of the state so it helps when there are issues like hate Crimes, or general issues related to Sikhs. Anyways…it was a great event.
The Governor Bill Richardson with Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur (Yogiji’s wife), Siri Sikhdhar Sahiba Guru Amrit Kaur and Hari Jiwan Singh at the lunch.
Bill Richardson has known Yogi Bhajan and the Sikhs here for something like 30 years. In this picture he is talking about "Yogi" (as he calls him) and showing a picture that someone had given to him as a gift. I’m not normally in pictures with the celebrities….but this time…one of my pictures was. I took this picture (the one he is holding) back in 2001.
I am looking forward to seeing what happens in 2008 in relation to the US Presidency. For the democratic party there are some interesting candidates. I heard that our own Governor Bill Richardson will be running for the United States Presidency. I also heard that Sen. Hillary Clinton might be running also. I’m don’t normally spend much time in politics, but things have gotten so bad here with our current administration that I am hoping for some good options of people that can create change in America and elsewhere. We’ll see what happens.