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France stokes a turban revolution
Posted by: News (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2008 06:20PM

France stokes a turban revolution
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
The turban controversy in France has virtually triggered a wave of awakening about its importance in this part of the country.

Schools are being set up to train Sikh youths in turban tying. Competitions are being held by various Sikh organisations to honour the youths who have perfected the art of tying turban.

After 1990 Sikh youths, in big numbers, had started becoming clean-shaven and these were mainly from colleges and universities. But, now, it appears, the turban is staging a comeback in a big way in this region.

The most interesting development is turban has become theme of Punjabi folklore, especially Punjabi folk songs in recent past. A large number of folk songs have been dedicated to turban by Punjabi singers in recent months. Ravinder Grewal’s folk song “pag banani na bhul jayo, o Punjabio” has been a hit for several weeks. Babbu Mann’s recently released song “pehlan main sardar han” is topping the popularity charts in the region. It is the first time Babbu has worn the turban while singing the song in the video. A few weeks ago Hardip Gill came out with Punjabi hit on turban theme “pagan cho pag sardaran di.

Earlier, Shamsher Sandhu’s song “geet hove Punjabian di pag varga” had become a hit. Pammi Bhai’s latest song “pagan cho pag Patiala shahi e” has become a hot song. Another song by Bitta from Batala topping the popularity charts is “tohar sadi jag to niari mitro, sadi pag sanu jan ton piari mitro”. A duet “har pase teri pagri the gal ve” sung by Nikku and Jaspinder Narula has also become immensely popular.

Earlier, also turban used to be part of the Punjabi songs but in a different contest. “Pagri sambhal jatta” had become a theme song of the freedom movement in the farmer community all over the country.

All Punjabi folk singers such as Yamla Jat, Karamjit Dhuri, Chandi Ram, Harcharan Grewal, Didar Sandhu used to tie turban in a peculiar style while singing on stage. Gurdas Mann was perhaps the first artiste who did not wear turban but became a famed Punjabi folk singer. Abroad it was Malkiat Singh of “tutak tutak tutian” fame, who made the turban popular. Daler Mehndi also played vital role in making turban popular. “Whenever any minority community faces adverse situation with regard to its identity, it obviously reacts strongly. Apart from resorting to agitations and other modes of protest, it uses its folklore to inspire its constituents to defend the identity,” says a social scientist.

 



Re: France stokes a turban revolution
Posted by: Harinder Singh (IP Logged)
Date: January 25, 2008 12:14AM

Though punjabi pagg and khalsa dastaar are different things. But its great if bholle bhalle jattan de munddee or punjabis in general can start wearing turban.Doing this, they will have a sense of belonging. Then if some zabardast aatma like Baba Jarnail Singh Khalsa comes again,it will be pretty easy to change these bholle people into gursikhs te sikhi de lehar aa jayeegee bina jada time laggee te panth de dokhiyaan nu sodha ve takkdaa lagge ga. Somehow I feel future ch iddaan ho hovega, infact honn he valla hai.

What a play!

 



Re: France stokes a turban revolution
Posted by: Khalsaspirit (IP Logged)
Date: January 27, 2008 08:40AM

Waheguru ji ki khalsa
Waheguru ji ki fateh

Khalsa jio,

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Press Release: 24th Jan 2008, 12th Magh (Samvat 540 Nanakshahi)

Indian PM Must Convince French President to Reverse the Sikh Turban Ban in France

New Delhi : UNITED SIKHS, a United Nations affiliated international advocacy NGO, calls on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to convince President Nicholas Sarkozy, during the latter’s visit to India this week, to reverse the Sikh Turban ban in France.

Dr Manmohan Singh, a Turban-wearing Sikh, cannot turn a blind eye to the injustice suffered by Sikhs in France, who have not been allowed to practice their faith freely, since a law was passed in 2004 that banned the wearing of the Sikh Turban in schools. Since the law, France has also not issued passports, driving licence and residence cards to Sikhs who refuse to remove their turban for their ID photos.

Dr Manmohan Singh, a Sikh who has never been seen without his Turban, is the best evidence France needs to be convinced that a Sikh is inseparable from his Turban. Mr Sarkozy arrives in New Delhi tomorrow as a chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations on 26th January 2008.

“We call upon Dr Manmohan Singh to highlight the effect the law is having on Sikhs in France,” said Mejindarpal Kaur, a UNITED SIKHS director, who is leading the legal challenge on the French ban on the turban in schools and on ID document photos.

“A school child who is prevented from manifesting his faith is effectively being prevented from practising it,” she said at a gathering today, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

Under the European Convention on Human Rights, France is only allowed to deny someone a right to manifest his/her faith for reasons of safety, security or health or if it undermines the right of another.

“The Sikh Turban does not threaten France’s safety, security nor health nor does it takes away another’s right,” said Mejindarpal Kaur.

“Sikhs respect France’s desire to observe secularity in public places and the Sikh Turban does not threaten secularity,” said Gurdial Singh, an Indian national living in France, who traveled to New Delhi to campaign for the Sikh Turban ban to be lifted in France.

“Secularity should promote a neutral position on religion and not an antagonistic one,” he told the gathering in New Delhi.

“We urge Dr Manmohan Singh to use all diplomatic and economic channels to ensure that Sikhs receive a just reward for the sacrifice thousands of turban-wearing Sikhs made when they fought for the French people and their liberation in World War I and II,” said Gurpreet Singh, a UNITED SIKHS director based in Chandigarh, Panjab.

“It will be a travesty to forget the sacrifices made by 80,000 Turbaned Sikh soldiers for France in the two World Wars,” he added at the gathering.

UNITED SIKHS views the continuing ban on the Sikh Turban as a gross violation of the fundamental rights of the Sikhs and also a grave transgression of human rights. The French State’s ban of the Sikh Turban constitutes a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Protocol Rights (ICCPR) of the United Nations and the European Convention on Human Rights, which France has ratified.


To access slides, on French Sikh History and the sacrifices made by Turbaned Sikh soldiers during the World Wars, click [www.unitedsikhs.org]

Issued by:

Jaspreet Singh
Staff Attorney
International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA)
UNITED SIKHS

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Guru Mehar Karay

Waheguru ji ka khalsa
Waheguru ji ki fateh

 



Re: France stokes a turban revolution
Posted by: staffsv (IP Logged)
Date: January 27, 2008 02:54PM

Exactly, Harinder Singh Ji. I totally agree with you.
Sadee ardaas Waheguru Ji ne Jaroor sun layee hai.

 



Re: France stokes a turban revolution
Posted by: Harinder Singh (IP Logged)
Date: January 28, 2008 01:12AM

<<Sadee ardaas Waheguru Ji ne Jaroor sun layee hai>>

This panth belongs to Waheguru jee, so its Waheguru jee's tension to take care of the panth.Whenever He sees panth going downwards, He sends His special souls and takes some seva from them. Future ch ve iddan he honna chahida.
Ih moorakh duniya nu Satguru/Waheguru jee de takat da nahin pata, te oh sochde ne kee khalsa panth khatam ho jayega, hahahaha. Pity such people.

 





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