Royalty visits Sikh Gurudwara


by Al-Hack
28th March, 2006 at 6:25 pm    

Charles and Camilla

The prince and the duchess were shown the nine weapons of Guru Gobind Singh. They greeted priests in the temple – or gurdwara – by performing a nemaste – bringing their hands together in prayer and bowing their heads.

Camilla gave coins and notes wrapped in material to one of the priests to be placed at the shrine as a mark of respect.

The India Express newspaper has described the duchess as being “daisy fresh” on the visit to the country, and having “sailed right through” her public engagements. “The duchess came as a pleasant surprise,” it said.


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  1. Vladimir — on 28th March, 2006 at 6:37 pm  

    “sailed right through” shouldn’t that be corrected to galloped right though…

  2. Vikrant — on 28th March, 2006 at 7:26 pm  

    Who cares about what our pompous royalty is about. Dont tell me PP is turning into a mirror of our shitty tabloids newspapers. I afterall have Prince Harry for a neighbour ( i live darn close to RMA), all he has to do is wave his hands and its the newpapers tommorrow.

    Republican Vikrant

  3. Rohin — on 28th March, 2006 at 8:30 pm  

    A mirror of our shitty tabloids.

    You could make a tabloid writer yet young Vikrant.

    Republican Rohin.

  4. Lucy — on 28th March, 2006 at 8:58 pm  

    Aww bless… I quite like Camilla

  5. Rohin — on 28th March, 2006 at 9:03 pm  

    The way a girl quite likes her horse?

    O neigh, I joust. I mean I jest.

  6. Vikrant — on 28th March, 2006 at 9:03 pm  

    I say she looks like a pig in a wig.

  7. Vikrant — on 28th March, 2006 at 9:03 pm  

    lol

  8. Jai — on 28th March, 2006 at 9:13 pm  

    Rohin & Al-Hack,

    The title of this thread is a misnomer. Prince Charles & Camilla were visiting Anandpur Sahib, not the Golden Temple (the latter is in Amritsar).

  9. Lucy — on 28th March, 2006 at 9:19 pm  

    lmao!

  10. Nindy — on 28th March, 2006 at 9:30 pm  

    Seriously, why waste your time with a non-entity story like this? Post for the sake of posting in my opinion. Pickled Politics is better than this trashy nonsense.

    I’m sure C&C will have a grand ole time, drink garaam chai on the veranda, top up their tans and chat about the empire and the British raj:

    “She was the Jewel in the Crown old fruity.” he’ll quip.

    “Ha! Funny Charles… not.” she [India] will say.

    Wow. Great news Al-Hack.

  11. Jay Singh — on 28th March, 2006 at 9:56 pm  

    He did not visit the Golden Temple. He visited Anandpur Sahib in the foothills of the Himalayas which is the second most important historical Gurdwara in Sikhism.

  12. Lucy — on 28th March, 2006 at 10:15 pm  

    Nindy…. it IS vaguely India related…

  13. Rohin — on 29th March, 2006 at 12:22 am  

    Well not EVERY post has to be an admirable and erudite work of prose and political discourse, but Al-Hack – better change that title!

  14. Al-Hack — on 29th March, 2006 at 12:30 am  

    Erm. Slow news day is my excuse.

  15. Al-Hack — on 29th March, 2006 at 12:32 am  

    That doesn’t look as impressive anymore

  16. Gaurav — on 29th March, 2006 at 7:11 am  

    Isn’t Prince Charles the same guy whose father said that “he believed that General Dyer was a nice guy” and “He doesn’t believe that so many people died in Jalianwaala Bagh” ?

    Regards

  17. Vikrant — on 29th March, 2006 at 7:14 am  

    Huh?

    If you mean old cow Prince Philip, then dunno…

  18. Amandeep Madra — on 29th March, 2006 at 11:26 am  

    On his first day in Punjab, Charles made a big play on the whole organic farming thing. That was pretty cool and gave great prominence on the strategies that are being employed (unfortunately on a microscopic scale) to avoid the otherwise ubiquitous use of fertilizers and chemicals that are damaging Punjab’s environment.
    Unfortunately, as The Times pointed out, the first day turned into a bit of a coon show, which moustachioed men in skirts waving their hands around shouting “hoi hoi” and garishly dressed girls doing a parody of Punjabi folk dances. Fred and Gladys looked bored.

    The Prince’s other passion is architecture and I hope that his toes curled as he witnessed the appalling 1970s “wedding cake” style gurdwaras that have replaced the noble and imposing mud forts that once dotted the foothills of the Shivalik mountains in Anandpur. And it was the very same Sikh vandals that destroyed Sikh heritage in the last generation who are now petitioning the Prince for the return of Sikh artefacts in the museums and collections in the UK. I hope he tells them to blow it out their ears!

  19. Jay Singh — on 29th March, 2006 at 12:23 pm  

    The Prince’s other passion is architecture and I hope that his toes curled as he witnessed the appalling 1970s “wedding cake” style gurdwaras that have replaced the noble and imposing mud forts that once dotted the foothills of the Shivalik mountains in Anandpur. And it was the very same Sikh vandals that destroyed Sikh heritage in the last generation who are now petitioning the Prince for the return of Sikh artefacts in the museums and collections in the UK. I hope he tells them to blow it out their ears!

    You’re a genius Amandeep! ‘Wedding Cake Style Gurdwaras’ perfectly sums it up.

  20. Nindy — on 29th March, 2006 at 12:31 pm  

    Rohin – “Well not EVERY post has to be an admirable and erudite work of prose and political discourse, but Al-Hack – better change that title!”

    Fair comment, but nor do we have to have publish tabloid fodder!!!

    zzzzz

  21. Sunny — on 29th March, 2006 at 10:10 pm  

    “And it was the very same Sikh vandals that destroyed Sikh heritage in the last generation who are now petitioning the Prince for the return of Sikh artefacts in the museums and collections in the UK. I hope he tells them to blow it out their ears!”

    Haha! Well said.

  22. Amandeep Madra — on 30th March, 2006 at 12:40 pm  

    You all may be interested in a previous Prince of Wales visiting Punjab in 1905. You can see the picture story here
    http://www.punjabheritage.org

    Most of the architectural features that you can see in the background, including the city gates of Amrtisar’s old city have now gone.
    aman

  23. Jay Singh — on 30th March, 2006 at 1:02 pm  

    Amandeep

    The Sikh ‘leadership’ is characterised by its bloatedness, philistinism, ignorance of history and factional feuding. What can be done?

  24. Jai — on 30th March, 2006 at 4:08 pm  

    Jay Singh,

    =>”What can be done?”

    Someone should remind them that temporal authority in Sikh affairs does not just lie with the Akal Takht & SGPC (actually, technically the latter is not supposed to have any authority at all apart from the maintenance of gurdwaras) but also — some would say predominantly — with the global Sikh community itself.

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