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Sikh Turban in a shoe tray : Anybody there?

H S Bawa

Yes Punjab Editorial

Yes Punjab had warned about it. Yes, we did warn about the challenge the Sikh Community faces, the challenge to the Sikh Turban, the identity of the Sikhs.

We blamed, yes, we straightaway and in unequivocal terms blamed the Sikh leadership and the government of India for not taking note and for not doing enough even though the issue was getting serious by the day.

The challenge, we told, was quiet serious but nobody cared, as always. (Sikh Turban in danger – Sikh Leaders & India to be blamed. ‘Yes Punjab Editorial’ posted on 24th of February)

And lo, listen to Amritinder Singh, a pro golfer and the swing Coach of Jeev Milkha Singh, the International Golfer, who represents India.

Amritinder Singh, talking to TOI from Sicily, has been reported having said that he was not only threatened with arrest but his turban was removed in a public toilet and carried away for scanning in a tray used for carrying shoes at the Milan airport in the infamous episode that has triggered outrage and shook the Indian parliament on Wednesday.


Reacting on the incident, Nirmal Milkha Singh, Jeev’s mother and wife of the ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha singh, has also come on record saying, “The Flying Sikh has traveled all over the world. Whenever his turban is to be checked, they use a scanner around it. What would happen if they resort to such techniques with the ‘Flying Sikh’ the next time he checks in at an airport in Europe?”

Amritinder Singh’s father, Simran Singh, who was India’s pioneering pro golfer, said the family was “not going to take this humiliation lying down. We are going to take up this issue through well-wishers who are in contact with the government. There have been similar episodes in the past with Sikhs but the government seems ineffective. How long shall the Sikhs take such humiliation?”(...contd.)

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