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  • 6th April, 2010

    (Event) Five years on: From Behzti to Behud (this weekend)

    by Sunny at 3:25 pm    

    Five years ago I was one of the biggest voices in the media supporting writer Gurpreet Bhatti when Sikh fundamentalists were trying to stop her play Behzti, from being shown in Birmingham.

    Now her new play is going on tour and, as part of a pre-show discussion in Coventry this Saturday, I’ve been asked to join a debate panel asking how things have changed. I’ll also be writing about this for Guardian CIF in coming days.

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    29th March, 2010

    US military allows Sikhs to keep turbans

    by Rumbold at 12:23 pm    

    For the first time since 1984, a turbaned Sikh, Captain Rattan, has graduated from officer training to become a captain in the US army. For the past twenty six years Sikhs had to choose between their turbans (and beards) and joining the military, though prior to this it wasn’t such an issue. There has been no policy change as such, but the army is entitled to grant individual officers waivers. Captain Rattan, a dentist, was given one, probably in part because his skills are in short supply on the front line. Another Sikh, due to graduate as a doctor, has also received a waiver. Potential safety issues were also resolved through testing and modification:

    During training, Rattan wore a helmet over the small turban, which he doesn’t remove, and was able to successfully create a seal with his gas mask despite the beard, resolving the Army’s safety concerns, said Harsimran Kaur, the Sikh Coalition’s legal director.

    Rattan worked with an Army tailor to create a flash, the insignia patch worn on soldiers’ berets, that could be affixed to his black turban, she said.

    We covered this a while ago, and I am glad that they received exemptions. I hope that this will eventually lead to a wider policy change, as Captain Rattan has shown that there isn’t any operational disadvantage to having a turban and beard. Nor would such a change bother non-Sikh soldiers in the US military, if the British experience is anything to go by.

    To quote the British general Sir Frank Walter Messervy:

    In the last two World Wars 83,005 turban-wearing Sikh soldiers were killed and 109,045 were wounded. They all died or were wounded for the freedom of Britain and the World, enduring shell fire with no other protection but the turban, the symbol of their faith.

    (Via Sepia Mutiny)

    Filed under: Sikh,United States
    26th March, 2010

    The Music of Unity and the Politics of Division

    by Jai at 4:56 pm    

    With the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi approaching in a few weeks, coupled with ongoing issues involving both Islamist extremists and far-Right groups such as the BNP and EDL, perhaps this would be a good time to highlight some inspirational historical and modern-day figures from a range of backgrounds.

    Bhai Dya Singh

    Dya Singh is a Sikh religious singer, originally from Malaysia but now based in Australia. He is the gentleman in the white turban shown meeting the Dalai Lama in the photograph at the top of this article, which was taken at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne in December 2009. Dya Singh’s World Music Group consists of non-Sikh (indeed, non-Asian) musicians as well as Sikhs, and regularly embarks on global tours where they promote Sikhism’s universal non-sectarian humanitarian message via a combination of hymns sung in both traditional and fusion styles. Dya Singh, who has performed at numerous prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall in London, makes it a point to translate the lyrics into English for the benefit of the wider audience. This is the same approach that the Sikh Gurus took, as they were fluent in multiple languages and preached their message in the local languages of the various peoples they met.

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    6th March, 2010

    My Name is Khan: a review

    by guest at 11:30 am    

    This is a guest post by Parvinder Singh

    I’ve just got back from pleasantly warm Amritsar to wet and cold London. Yet the sights and sounds linger on in my mind, the early morning prayers from the temples coupled with the noise of stray dogs barking. And the visit at night to the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple), making an unforgettable impression that no words can describe. I witnessed first hand how efficiently it manages to feed as many as 40,000 meals a day to people of all faiths.

    I sensed a degree of nervousness in the country though. There had already been an attack on a German Bakery in Pune, killing 10 people and then the devastating news of two Sikhs in Pakistan, who had been taken hostage by the Pakistan Taliban, were beheaded. Others including Hindus, remain at the mercy of their captors. Rumours were afloat in Amritsar that the two Sikhs refused to convert to Islam, and that after they were executed in true 18th Century style, their severed heads were thrown into a Peshwara Gurdwara. Whether it’s religious based bigotry or plain thuggery, as in the case of the recent abduction of five year old Sahil Saeed, one can’t help feeling that the Pakistan is spiralling out of control.

    In a newly built Shopping Mall in Amritsar, Shahrukh Khan’s new movie, My Name is Khan arrived. It had earlier opened in Mumbai amid protests by the hard right Shiv Sena, who opposed Khan’s remarks that he regretted that no Pakistani cricketers had been picked for the upcoming Indian Premier League. Hardly controversial but to Hindu bigots, any sympathy for Pakistanis is deemed unpatriotic.

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    13th February, 2010

    The Rajinder Singh interview

    by Rumbold at 10:09 am    

    Recently the Guardian interviewed the BNP’s Sikh, Rajinder Singh. Reading through the interview is both depressing and hilarious (at times).

    Mr. Singh confesses to only put the turban on for the media, not because he feels it has any importance:

    It feels strange to hear these words from a man in a turban, but Singh ­admits he’s only wearing it for my ­benefit. He’s not a religious man and is clean shaven, but he wore a turban the first time he ever had “media exposure” – on BNPTV, the party’s online ­channel – and has decided to do so whenever speaking to the media because “the message carries more weight” coming from a turban-wearing Sikh.

    The there is this bit:

    He’s been to several party meetings and says he never feels awkward in their company. “They treat me normally,” he insists. “I feel at home.” I ask if he thinks many BNP members can tell the difference between Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. “They might think of me as a Paki,” he replies. “I’ve had people shout ‘Paki Go Home!’ when I walk down the street. But that speaks much about the ‘Paki’ reputation – it’s a negative reaction to Pakistan.”

    In other words, “my mates are racist towards me but its my own fault for being brown.”

    Filed under: Sikh,The BNP
    30th January, 2010

    UK student visas

    by Rumbold at 9:59 pm    

    After a large surge in student visa applications from northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal, potential students from these areas will not be allowed to apply for visas for the next month (at least). The decision came after visa applications increased tenfold, leading to fears of widespread fraud and a large backlog:

    The director of the legal advice firm, London Immigration Advice and Appeal Services, Harjap Singh Bhangal, says a temporary suspension will prevent illegal immigration, but it will also adversely affect genuine students. He told the BBC: “It’s going to create a panic and we don’t know when this suspension is going to be lifted. I believe it’s for one month initially but it could run into several months.

    “The problem that we’re going to have is that the genuine students who want to come over for the universities they’re going to suffer as a result and they won’t be able to get here in time for their courses.” India is currently the UK’s biggest visa operation in the world. More than 500,000 Indians visit the UK every year, among them tens of thousands of students.

    I don’t know what the best solution is in situations like this. Obviously some students will lose out, but we know there are severe problems with bogus students coming to Britain and not actually studying. No system will ever be foolproof.

    Moreover, many others suffer. Recently the Sikh Channel highlighted the plight of homeless Punjabis in Southall, a number of whom are foreign students. As Manvir Singh recounts:

    It was shocking to see that there are at least 100 homeless Panjabis in Southall, and possibly more. There are many reasons why these people are on the streets. One of the reasons is linked to foreign students from India facing desperate times in the UK. These people are living in dustbins, cemeteries, disused garages and under bridges. To cope many have turned to class A Drugs, such as Heroin and Crack Cocaine, as well as other substances. The reason for this is to cope with the cold, to suppress their hunger and to help them sleep on the streets. Many are suffering from serious health conditions such as Hypothermia, Scabies, Gangrene and cannot get immediate medical attention.

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    17th January, 2010

    Sonia Deol under fire over 1984 programme

    by Rumbold at 2:29 pm    

    After the recent documentary on the 1984 massacres, presenter Sonia Deol has been heavily criticised because of the portrayal of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. There have even been calls for Sikhs to refuse to pay the licence fee:

    Sonia Deol was forced to delete her page on the Facebook website amid a barrage of criticism from fellow Sikhs over her film about the Indian army storming the Golden Temple in Amritsar, one of the faith’s most holy shrines, in 1984.

    Documentaries like this were always going to inspire strong emotions, but some of the criticism has been strange:

    Dr Sadhu Singh, chairman of the Council of Sikh Temples, said many viewers were angered that ‘the BBC showed him [Bhindranwale] looking like Bin Laden’.

    He said: ‘They used pictures of him wearing a turban and holding a gun. To someone who doesn’t know what Sikhism is about, it would be very misleading.

    He was a leading Sikh militant. It would have been odd to portray him as non-violent, especially as he and his followers took over the Harminder Sahib (Golden Temple), and were armed. Whatever you think of the rights and wrongs of the Khalistani conflict, you can’t deny that both sides resorted to violence.

    ‘Some people are very upset that the documentary also showed Sonia Deol dancing with Hindus as if there is no problem between Hindus and Sikhs.

    ‘The feeling is still there that people who were responsible for 1984 have not been brought to justice.’

    I agree with the latter bit, as will most people who know about 1984. But criticising her for dancing with Hindus who weren’t involved in the massacres (presumably)? Bizarre.

    For an different view that stays well clear of Khalistan, I would recommend The Widow Colony, which focuses on the women whose men folk were murdered, and who now struggle to live while still fighting for justice.

    (Hat-tip: Kulvinder in the comments)

    Filed under: Media,Sikh
    10th January, 2010

    1984: A Sikh Story on BBC1 now

    by Sunny at 11:16 pm    

    From here:

    An hour-long documentary presented by Sonia Deol titled ‘1984: A Sikh Story’ will ret-tell the story of the year the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent troops into the holiest and most revered of Sikh shrines, The Golden Temple.

    AIM Magazine has learnt that it is likely to prove controversial with some Sikh groups because of its portrayal of the militant Sikh preacher Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. It is also likely to draw the ire of the Indian government for its story on how it reacted following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

    Filed under: Media,Organisations,Sikh
    13th December, 2009

    Trouble in Ludhiana

    by Rumbold at 6:48 pm    

    For much of December, the city of Ludhiana in the Punjab has been racked by religious and state conflict. It began with an event by Ashutosh Maharaj, a self-proclaimed ‘perfect master’ who held a samagam (a gathering), just after one had been held by Sant Baba Jaswant Singh, a notable Sikh religious figure. Mr. Maharaj claims to be a reincarnation of various religious leaders (such as Jesus and Guru Gobind Singh), and had offended Sikhs by telling them they should consider him as their guru, rather than the Guru Granth Sahib. Sadly, a number of people took this individual seriously, and some Sikhs began to protest in the streets.

    The police were called out in order to keep the demonstrators away from the samagam, but instead the situation descended into violence. The police allegedly fired on the protestors with live ammunition (they certainly fired into the air). Official reports claim that one protestor was killed and over a dozen injured, whilst others report at least seven dead and dozens injured. The Sikh Channel showed footage of police brutally beating protestors, while police claim they were forced to fight back. Regional politics also seems to be playing a part, with the BJP (an ally of the Akali Dal party, which rules the state) backing Ashutosh Maharaj.

    Ludhiana has also been suffering from unrelated violence due to tensions between migrant workers and the police, who torched police cars after complaining that not enough had been done to protect them from robbers who were targeting them.

    6th December, 2009

    Guru Hargobind: Mosques, Minarets and Multiculturalism

    by Jai at 1:37 pm    

    This is a follow-up article to my recent piece about Guru Gobind Singh’s stance towards Muslims. As with the previous article, there are some further lessons from history for anti-Muslim groups such as the BNP, SIOE, and numerous other organisations and individuals who wish to scapegoat, caricature and marginalise Muslims in order to further their respective agendas.

    Guru Hargobind (1595 - 1644) was the 6th Sikh spiritual leader, and a predecessor of his near-namesake Guru Gobind Singh. His father, Guru Arjan, who built what is now called the Golden Temple in Amritsar and also created what was known at the time as the Adi Granth (the holy scriptures of Sikhism) by collating the writings of his own predecessors and adding hymns he had composed himself along with suitable hymns by Hindu saints and Muslim Sufis, was executed upon the orders of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the son of the famous Emperor Akbar the Great; Akbar had granted the land to the Sikhs upon which the city of Amritsar and the Golden Temple were built.

    Ostensibly, the reason for Jahangir’s actions was political, namely the fact that Guru Arjan had allegedly blessed and assisted Jahangir’s rebel son Prince Khusrau when the latter had asked for his help and then refused to pay the fine for treason which the Emperor demanded from him. However, Jahangir’s own memoirs (known as the “Tuzk-e-Jahangiri”) also state that he had religious motivations, including the fact that Guru Arjan had gained Muslim followers.

    According to some sources, Jahangir was provided with another pretext by Guru Arjan’s refusal to remove some verses from the Sikh scriptures which Jahangir believed to be critical of some aspects of orthodox Islam (and orthodox Hinduism, according to other accounts), although Jahangir’s memoirs do not mention this. A religious motivation is curious, considering that the hedonistic Jahangir was not exactly the most puritanical person in the world when it came to Islam (his fondness for alcohol and opium is still legendary), and he was not known for religious fanaticism either; for example, Christians could openly celebrate festivals such as Christmas and Easter, and in fact, Jahangir’s extensive dealings with visiting Jesuit missionaries — who were allowed to open churches in several locations — were so amicable and open-minded that they mistakenly thought he was on the verge of converting to Christianity himself.

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    28th November, 2009

    Guru Gobind Singh’s stance towards Muslims

    by Jai at 10:43 pm    

    [Rumbold's note- this is from an earlier thread but I decided to reprint it in full in this post]

    I think a few more things need to be stated for the record in relation to Rajinder Singh [the Sikh who is supporting the BNP]. While his reaction is understandable from a “flawed human nature” perspective, considering the apparent loss of his father during Partition, it isn’t justifiable, either from a general moral perspective or indeed from a specifically Sikh perspective. Let me give an example of another Sikh who suffered immense personal tragedy at the hands of Muslims, in some cases explicitly claiming to be acting in the name of Islam.

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    1st November, 2009

    1984 massacre: still waiting for justice

    by Rumbold at 1:10 pm    

    Twenty five years ago around 4,000 Sikhs were murdered in Delhi after the death of Indira Gandhi, then prime minister of India. The prime minister had been assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards in revenge for the dispatch of troops into the Harminder Sahib (Golden Temple), the holiest site in Sikhism. Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of that conflict, what followed was quite simply a massacre. Mobs began to roam the streets in morning after the assassination looking for Sikhs, who were all too readily identifiable.

    In some ways, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots followed a depressingly similar pattern to other, older religious riots. While the exact extent of state control is unclear, the killers were enacting out what Natalie Zemon Davis called ‘The Rites of Violence’ (pdf). Professor Davis, taking the sixteenth century St. Bartholomew’s massacres as her example (and writing in the 1970s), argued that many religious riots were not characterised by random acts of violence, but rather followed certain patterns in which the violence is “aimed at defined targets and selected from a repertory of traditional punishment and forms of destruction.” Under Professor Davis’ formulation, the rioters, while not officially authorised, thought that they were acting for the good of the country, and had some supporters/leaders in a government.

    Religious massacres were often triggered by a fear that if they (the rioters) didn’t take action, they themselves would be attacked by ‘the other side’. Thus the Catholic killers on St. Bartholomew’s Day expected the Protestant troops outside Paris to attack them. In Delhi rumours began to spread that the Sikhs were poisoning the water supply and that trains full of dead Hindus were coming into Delhi from the Punjab (where Indian troops were battling Sikh separatists). Neither rumour was true, and the rumour about Sikhs celebrating Mrs. Gandhi’s death was never substantiated, but under those conditions rumour became fact, especially as police drove round the city advising residents not to drink the water and telling them about the trains.

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    20th October, 2009

    Jat drive against honour killings

    by Rumbold at 9:06 pm    

    Leading Jat organisations (Jats being an ethnic group of around 30 million people who originated in North West India) have banded together in order to try and curtail ‘honour’-based violence amongst Jats:

    To check honour killings and violence among the Jats, the Federation of Jat Institutions, an umbrella body of 12 Jat bodies throughout the country, have called 300 leaders and experts of the community in Chandigarh on November 22 for a seminar.

    The move is considered very timely because Haryana has witnessed a lot of honour killings in recent months, raising question over the role of the the state government due to “it’s soft approach towards wrong decisions of khaps [local councils which are frequently accused of being backward]”…

    Khaps of Jats generally object to love marriages on the basis of gotra, caste and brotherhood and even issue fatwas to kill the couples.

    Given the shocking gender imbalance in the Punjab and Haryana, as well as the prevalence of ‘honour’-based violence, hopefully conferences like this will contribute to a liberalisation of attitudes.

    2nd October, 2009

    Gurmeal Singh wins turban case

    by Rumbold at 3:34 pm    

    PC Gurmeal Singh, who I blogged about here, has won his case (in part):

    “Out of the officer’s 15 grievances, two were ruled in his favour: Harassment from a superior and “indirect discrimination” because the rules around the riot training lacked “clarity”.

    Speaking outside the employment tribunal, Pc Singh said the judgment was “a weight off my shoulders” and said the grievance process had been a “very long road”.”

    (Hat-tip: Mangles)

    Filed under: Sikh
    17th September, 2009

    Sikh PC discrimination case

    by Rumbold at 12:00 pm    

    PC Gurmeal Singh is suing Greater Manchester Police for £200,000 on the basis of racial discrimination, since he alleges he was subjected to abuse from other officers, and was pressured to remove his turban for certain exercises. From the Daily Mail’s report (which is far better than the one in the Telegraph’s), it seems that there was a number of flashpoints (though the reporting is quite confused).

    For me, allowing people to wear religious clothing at work is fine, and I think that it should be up to employers how to proceed. The flipside of this though is that people wearing religious clothing should not be able to claim any special treatment as a result of wearing said clothing. If there are health and safety issues, they should be made to sign waivers excusing their employers from any liability, or else remove their clothing (PC Singh did the former when asked to ride a bike).

    Filed under: Civil liberties,Sikh
    20th August, 2009

    And now some Sikh group is ‘angry’

    by Sunny at 9:28 am    

    The Independent today has a story:

    The BBC’s Asian Network was at the centre of a fresh race row last night after Sikhs accused the digital radio station of being insensitive towards their religion. BBC bosses were forced to remove a show by the popular Muslim presenter Adil Ray from their website after the morning show DJ received threats from angry Sikh listeners who accused him of denigrating an important religious symbol.

    The big story is that Adil Ray is now getting threats, presumably by email, by some angry Sikh nutjobs. In fact I’ve had emails myself asking why I haven’t covered this story. You know why: because it’s rubbish. Adil Ray is neither biased against Sikhs and neither would he be stupid enough to even go near denigrating or making fun of any religion.

    The problem is that there are Sikh, Hindu and Muslim groups constantly watching the BBC Asian Network for any slip-up so they can accuse the station of bias against their ‘community’. After all, making a stink helps them get some recognition and support. As an editor 90% of the time you get such a press release you just delete it. Occasionally the situation gets out of hand, as it seems to be in danger of now, and the stink reaches the national media. These people give religion and race relations a bad name.

    Another point, before someone turns up claiming ‘this is the fault of multiculturalism‘ - I’ll point out that Christian groups have been doing this for decades. The BBC really needs to start ignoring these people… but I suspect the controllers are too scared to do that.

    Filed under: Media,Organisations,Sikh
    3rd June, 2009

    Operation Blue Star - 25 years on

    by Sunny at 11:50 pm    

    This week is the 25th anniversary of the three day long siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian government. That siege of course not only led to the deaths of hundreds of people, but also led to Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the anti-Sikh pogroms in New Delhi (and other parts of India), the mid-air explosion of the Air India flight to Toronto (killing over 300 people) and the “counter-insurgency” operations in India which led to the further deaths and imprisonment of tens of thousands of Punjabis.

    Let’s just say it is a pretty big anniversary in the Sikh calendar. Of course, going by the non-existent coverage across the British media you’d be forgiven for thinking they don’t really give a crap about the nearly half a million Sikhs that live in the UK. Especially since the 1984 attacks had a huge impact on Sikh families in the UK.

    Anyway, I have an article on the Guardian website about it. The point I want to stress is that I do not want to be the Sikh spokesperson for the Guardian newspaper and explicitly told them that I’d only write about 1984 if they had some other people also writing on the issue. I didn’t really want to write about the history, but focus on the implications of 1984, 25 years on, from a specifically British perspective.

    Except of course, when I sent in the first draft I was told they’d spiked the other piece and I was the only person writing about 1984. Really. That’s how much bloody interest there was at the Guardian on Sikh affairs. I’m not happy about it, and I tried to be as balanced as I could while slipping in some thoughts about the negative impact 1984 had on Sikhs (apart from the obvious).

    26th May, 2009

    Caste riots across Punjab amongst Sikhs

    by Sunny at 4:23 am    

    This is such a bizarre story. Apparently a fight kicked off between Sikhs in Vienna, Austria, with the result that Sikhs across Punjab got angry and started rioting. I swear, people don’t need much excuses in India to start burning shit.

    Sant Ramanand, 57, was attacked by six men with knifes and a pistol at a ceremony in a Vienna gurdwara on Sunday. It is thought that Ramanand, from the Dera Sach Khand sect – a low caste Sikh sect that is widespread in Punjab and made up largely of Untouchables or Dalits – was targeted by Jat Sikhs – a higher caste, landowning sect – who accused him of disrespecting the religion when he visited the gurdwara.

    That, to me, looks like another one of those cases where Jat Sikhs (a grouping my family unfortunately belongs to) swagger around telling everyone who is a proper Sikh and who isn’t, and who is a fake Sikh etc. I’m not surprised that lower-caste Sikhs in Punjab are angry. But street riots?

    This article in the Times of India says it has put caste in the spotlight. And here’s the shameful thing - Sikhs are not supposed to follow the Hindu caste system at all. It is strictly forbidden. And yet Jat (landowner) Sikhs, who see themselves at the top of the pecking order, are the worst offenders in perpetuating caste differences. Annoys the hell out of me.

    8th May, 2009

    Sikh police officers with bullet proof turbans?

    by Sunny at 10:12 pm    

    This is such a bizarre story.

    Sikh police want bulletproof turbans to be developed so they can serve as firearms officers and deal with public order, a newly-formed body says.

    The British Sikh Police Association says Sikh officers cannot currently do such jobs, as their religion prohibits removing turbans to wear helmets. But the organisation’s chairman says he now intends to push for more research on suitable ballistic turban material.

    I mean, really?

    Related: Anton Vowl tried to add a positive comment on the Daily Mail story, via BristleKRS.

    Filed under: Organisations,Sikh
    22nd April, 2009

    Homosexuality in Sikhism

    by guest at 8:26 am    

    This is a guest post by a moderator from Sarbat.net.

    Last week was Vaisakhi, one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar. Although originally celebrated as the spring harvest festival in the predominantly agricultural-based society of northern South Asia, its significance for Sikhs comes from the fact that the Khalsa, or the ‘Brotherhood of the Pure’, was created by the last living Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, on the day of Vaisakhi in 1699 AD.

    However, there are some Sikhs who feel excluded from any concept of a Sikh brotherhood due to prejudices within South Asian culture rather than for any dogmatic reasons. One specific group of Sikhs who feel particularly marginalised are those who are gay.

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    10th April, 2009

    Discrimination against Sikhs in the US military

    by Rumbold at 11:09 am    

    Sikhs wishing to join the US military have long been barred from joining if they refused to cut their hair and discard their turbans. A 1981 regulation banned ‘conspicuous’ religious symbols in the military (though there had been some exemption for the turban) while in 1999 new regulations forced Sikhs (apart from those who had enlisted prior to 1984) to choose between the five Ks and the military. Now two Sikhs who enlisted are being told, despite previous assurances, that they will have to remove their turbans, cut their hair and shave their breads when their training is finished.

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    27th March, 2009

    Press conference on East London Gurdwara fire

    by Sunny at 2:55 am    

    Got this email yesterday
    Please note tha Gurdwara Sikh Sangar is holding a press conference with all the UK media and MET police on Friday 27th March 2009, outside Gurdwara Sikh Sangat, Harley Grove, London E3, at 2pm. The police will also be giving their report. All press is invited.

    Filed under: Organisations,Sikh
    26th March, 2009

    Situation worsens for minorities in Pakistan

    by Rumbold at 8:53 pm    

    Before the latest round of violence, the situation was already bad for minorities in Pakistan. But now increased numbers are fleeing as more of them are targeted by religious extremists.

    East London Gurdwara burnt - updates?

    by Sunny at 10:14 am    

    A Facebook group about an East London Gurdwara being burnt down has accumulated about 20,000 people in 10 days. There was a story in the Evening Standard on the 17th.

    Does anyone know if it actually was the result of a racist attack? Any updates on the arrests? Apparently the Indian SGPC is trying to take it up with the Indian Prime Minister (huh? What for?). Haven’t heard anything about this since.

    Filed under: Organisations,Sikh
    5th March, 2009

    Sikh groups angry at Modi visit

    by Sunny at 5:53 pm    

    Chief minister and “butcher of Gujarat” Narendra Modi is coming to the UK from India in May. Now various Sikh groups have also got wind of this and are issuing their own statements and getting ready for protests. This is going to be a brilliant spectacle.

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