Archive for April, 2009

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  • Sikhs & the Kirpan on The Daily Show

    I’ve seen Sikhi referenced several times over the past 8 years on The Daily Show, my favorite television program. Thankfully, in this clip, Sikhism got a few moments of mention. I’m thankful because now, an affluent, intelligent segment of America knows that Sikhs exist — regardless of the content of the piece. It’s just nice to get acknowledged, you know? What do you think?

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  • What the Sikh Turban Stands For

    This piece really hits the nail on the head. If you attend Gurdwara and understand Ardas (the prayer spoken when everyone stands up), you’ll find many specific examples of Sikhs who would rather give up their lives than cut their hair and surrender their identity — Rajdeep brings that spirit into today’s context.

    Washington Post Letter to the Editor, published Sunday, April 5, 2009; Page A18.

    A March 29 article on the destruction of the Sikh religious identity ["A Ritual Slowly Unravels in India; Alarm Grows as More Sikh Youths Give Up Turbans"] mischaracterized the nature and significance of the Sikh turban.

    For observant Sikhs, tying a turban is neither a ritual nor a sign of extremism; it is a declaration of Sikh identity and signifies commitment to the Sikh principles of justice and universal equality. The turban distinguishes a Sikh as an ambassador of his or her faith and is a source of strength and pride for millions.

    Throughout history, oppressors have persecuted Sikhs by targeting their identity; during the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms in India, when thousands of Sikhs were massacred, their turbans were stripped from their heads and their unshorn hair was forcibly cut before they were murdered. If the Sikh articles of faith truly had no value, our oppressors would not have subjected them to systematic destruction.

    As a Sikh, I reject the notion that wearing a turban or maintaining uncut hair is prohibitively wearisome or any more tedious than, say, shaving a beard or waxing one’s legs. The case for what the article called “daily tedium” is often a smoke screen for loss of faith, lack of pride, susceptibility to peer pressure or all of the above. Young Sikhs are merely accelerating the work that their oppressors could not finish.


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  • After reciting the Oath of Allegiance, 144 people became American citizens during a special naturalization ceremony in Washington. The opening sentence of the oath reads: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”

    Sikh in Picture Of The Day

    Thanks Mandeep Kaur for the pointer!

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