A Modern Day Sikh Saint George

So yesterday (4/23/08) for all of our valeti readers was Saint George’s Day. For the rest of us that probably don’tchas_203_203x152.jpg care (including apparently most of England), Saint George is the patron saint of England (sort of like Saint Patrick for the Irish) that:

[Saint George] was a third-century Turkish soldier who supposedly had the power to slay a dragon but likely never set foot in Britain. [link]

Since he was probably Turkish to begin with, it seems like there should be no problem that Chaz Singh should be the Modern Day Saint George.

Modern Day St. George –> click here to watch BBC Video (love the British teeth!)

Chaz Singh is no newcomer to the media spotlight. He has been highlighted in a traveling picture exhibition as well as been commented upon by some popular desi blogs:

Chaz Singh is one of the recipients of the BBC Breeze bursaries that has enabled him to develop his ideas about identity in a series of photographic images and poems. [link]

Is Chaz SIngh trying too hard? Probably, but that he should even be accepted as such should be seen as a move towards cultural pluralism. Chaz Singh is attempting to make the turban very much English. No different than custard and roastbeef.

So in celebrating Chaz, Saint George, and England, I can think of no better way than linking to AS Kang’s Valeti Boliyan. Enjoy it for its flashy suits, dashing background singers, referee-looking MC Hammer pants, and all its funky greatness

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9 Responses to “A Modern Day Sikh Saint George”

  1. ItsMe says:

    This is great is like The Story teller – Roop Singh –

    . The own the plural cultures and create a unique identity. Fact is a huge step in terms of harmonizing your identity to balance the different cultural influences that make up who you are. It becomes huge by the fact alone that they aren't simply just assimilating in the culture, but rather integrating what they bring to the table (eastern culture and faith and its virtues and vices) with whats already there (British history and culture and its virtues and vices).

  2. ItsMe says:

    This is great is like The Story teller – Roop Singh – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXd0d1ONqj8. The own the plural cultures and create a unique identity. Fact is a huge step in terms of harmonizing your identity to balance the different cultural influences that make up who you are. It becomes huge by the fact alone that they aren’t simply just assimilating in the culture, but rather integrating what they bring to the table (eastern culture and faith and its virtues and vices) with whats already there (British history and culture and its virtues and vices).

  3. chaz singh says:

    hi and thank you for all the feedback i hope you enjoy st georges day this year and many more years to come the one and chaz singh

  4. chaz singh says:

    hi and thank you for all the feedback i hope you enjoy st georges day this year and many more years to come the one and chaz singh

  5. Jodha says:

    Thanks Chaz for doing what you do and visiting our lil' blog.

  6. Jodha says:

    Thanks Chaz for doing what you do and visiting our lil’ blog.

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