The Shoe Thrown ‘Round the World

In the Sikh tradition, shoes have a particular connotation. When we enter the Gurdwara we take them off (and somehow it is noteworthy when a the Sheriff takes them off when visiting a Houston Gurdwara); before entering our homes we often take them off; and one of the worst insults is to get beat by a shoe. I know I have been threatened many times.

By now you may have already seen this video that is the talk of the world. Since in The Langar Hall you are usually required to take off your shoes, we wonder if it gets this much attention. Enjoy the instant replays and slow motion analysis!

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If you must, here is an actual article on George Bush, Iraq, the Arab journalist, and the shoe thrown ’round the world.


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4 Responses to “The Shoe Thrown ‘Round the World”

  1. Quite True,

    One side we have Bhagat Ravidass Ji, hands always in shoe making and mind always in remembering Waheguru and on the other side we have one Shaheed Singh in History (I apologize for not remembering his name) who had a fight with a Mughal General and beaten him with shoes. In my opinion, shoes are not mark of disrespect when it comes to Gurdwara Sahib and Langar Hall, it is more about the cleanliness of these places. Shoes do carry dust with them and eventually put off wherever we go. I am sure we do the same, take them of, when we have carpet installed at home.

    Surely beaten by shoes is mark of disrespectful and that is what happened in the case of our beloved president of this century.

    No matter what he keep saying to press after that he would have felt it down in his heart that this is what his respect is in the entire world today.

  2. Quite True,

    One side we have Bhagat Ravidass Ji, hands always in shoe making and mind always in remembering Waheguru and on the other side we have one Shaheed Singh in History (I apologize for not remembering his name) who had a fight with a Mughal General and beaten him with shoes. In my opinion, shoes are not mark of disrespect when it comes to Gurdwara Sahib and Langar Hall, it is more about the cleanliness of these places. Shoes do carry dust with them and eventually put off wherever we go. I am sure we do the same, take them of, when we have carpet installed at home.

    Surely beaten by shoes is mark of disrespectful and that is what happened in the case of our beloved president of this century.

    No matter what he keep saying to press after that he would have felt it down in his heart that this is what his respect is in the entire world today.

  3. blue says:

    It was Bhai Taru Singh Ji. It wasn't a fight as far as I know – Full sakhi here and here.

  4. blue says:

    It was Bhai Taru Singh Ji. It wasn’t a fight as far as I know – Full sakhi here and here.

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