Sikhs in the Tube

london_underground_logo.jpgAs all UK Sikhs or travelers to UK know at busy entries to the London Underground, youll find various vendors handing out free tabloids. Although everyone groans at the content, still enter the tube and youll find most busy Londoners flipping past the latest gossip on Paris Hilton or the recent election coverage in Afghanistan.

On Friday morning, many Londoners got a bright, colorful picture [click below the fold]. Although the content was nothing groundbreaking, still many of our Sikh readers (pagh salute: Joo Kay Singh) were pleased with the picture.

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The article highlights how one group Akal Purakh Ki Fauj is taking their turban-tying efforts to the UK to help popularize various styles amongst the Sikh youth.

The comments on the article in the Metro, mainly by Sikhs, havent been exactly encouraging. One commenter wrote:

Another moronic intervention from the navel gazing hierarchy in the Punjab. Young Sikhs in the West haven’t forgotten how to tie their turbans in the conventional style they elect not to! Perhaps the Army of God would be better employed trying to reverse the unprecedented trend of kesdharis losing their identity in Punjab than wringing their hands about the diaspora. [commenter on Metro website]

Although I understand the sentiment, I believe the anger is misplaced. Groups such as Akal Purakh Ki Fauj can have a terrific effect in BOTH Punjab and the diaspora. The efforts of Akal Purakh Ki Fauj may not be my individual calling, but I can laud those in our community that are willing to engage with the youth in their own ways. I think I might take a class to learn an extra style or two.


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6 Responses to “Sikhs in the Tube”

  1. Gagandip Singh says:

    This issue has been mispresented by Akall Purakh di Fauj as "sikh in uk forgetting how to tie a turban."

    To be more accurate, its the facts by British sikh youth prefer to tie a more "militant" looking dummalla or goll dastar wore by shaheeds during the 1980's

    Plus the Nokk dastar is precieved as too desi and for old people.

    Its a percetion thing and needs to be cleared.

  2. Gagandip Singh says:

    This issue has been mispresented by Akall Purakh di Fauj as “sikh in uk forgetting how to tie a turban.”

    To be more accurate, its the facts by British sikh youth prefer to tie a more “militant” looking dummalla or goll dastar wore by shaheeds during the 1980’s

    Plus the Nokk dastar is precieved as too desi and for old people.

    Its a percetion thing and needs to be cleared.

  3. baingandabhartha says:

    I wish they would come here to the US and teach some of these 'clean shaved' keshadhari kids I see these days. i dont get them their face is shaved almost clean or has a gangsta goatee with a patka on top. WTF? ikk passey laggo!

  4. baingandabhartha says:

    I wish they would come here to the US and teach some of these ‘clean shaved’ keshadhari kids I see these days. i dont get them their face is shaved almost clean or has a gangsta goatee with a patka on top. WTF? ikk passey laggo!

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