We had only been dating for three months when Donald Trump got elected in 2016, and it was the moment I knew Sam and I would either be able to see this through or would have to break up. We had to talk about the elephant in the room: his privilege as a white man. Sam listened intently as I talked through my fears for the turban-wearing men in my family who live in the South, and my own identity crisis. He also owned his place in these ongoing issues, learning to be an ally who knows when to stand by and lis
In the 1990s, Sikhs from the tribal areas first started arriving in Peshawar’s Mohalla Jogan Shah. They soon adjusted to the new environment and opened businesses. Once their livelihood was sorted out, they started focusing on their young ones who they wanted to keep close to their religious beliefs. That’s when they set up the Gurudwara Bhai Joga Singh Dharmik School.
Anthropologist Joyce Pettigrew explains the purpose of the invasion: “The Army went into Darbar Sahib not to eliminate a political figure or a political movement but to suppress the culture of a people, to attack their heart, to strike a blow at their spirit and self-confidence.” As we remember the anti-Sikh violence of 1984 decades later, it’s troubling to see how much resonance it has in our world today. Refugees fleeing genocidal violence in Myanmar. White supremacist hate raging violently across North
First, he says his father, who was a handyman, inspired his son to pursue engineering. From household appliances to the family car, his dad fixes everything. Sachduv says he was his father’s assistant, handing him tools and shining the torch.“He played a key role in who I am professionally,” Sachduv says.Second, Gagan and his father share an intimate Sikh tradition: tying his turban.“The first time a Sikh boy puts on his turban, there is a ceremony around it.” Sachduv says.Sachduv had his ceremony at five years old – his father tied his first turban. Sachduv began to tie his turban at school as he grew into adolescence. It wasn’t always perfect, but dad was there to help and inspire when he couldn’t get it quite right. Sachduv says his father’s turban was skillfully molded, and spans 60 square feet, unfolded. Complimented by a long beard, Sachduv says his father carries off the look flawlessly.
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The U.S. Air Force has granted a first-of-its-kind religious accommodation to a Sikh airman. Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa will be allowed to keep his traditional beard and long hair and wear a turban during active duty — allowing him to practice his faith. “I’m overjoyed that the Air Force has granted my religious accommodation,” Bajwa said in the Air Force’s press release, obtained by the Air Force Times. “Today, I feel that my country has embraced my Sikh heritage, and I will be forever grateful for this op
Gatka is a sport of precision and discipline. Each team is required to showcase 24-25 routines in a span of eight to 12 minutes. Weapons can’t fall on the ground or come in contact with the feet, and each weapon must be targeted at a specific part of the opponent’s body. For example, the sword must be aimed at the throat of the opponent. Target any other part of the body and get a penalty.
Kirpans are one of five articles of faith, known as ‘the five K’s’, that Sikhs are commanded to wear at all times to demonstrate their religious faith. The Department for Education does not have a central guidelines on school uniforms and religious items. It is down to individual headteachers to set their school’s policy. However the headteacher of Redscope Primary school in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, was forced to write to parents and reassure them that kirpans were “religious ornaments” and not weapons