French Sikhs Bringing Turban Ban Issue to Delhi

January 6, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Samachaar

Wire Service: IANS

A delegation of Sikhs from France will land in New Delhi Thursday for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the annual gathering of the Indian diaspora, to highlight the continuing problem of the ban of Sikh turbans in France.

As all their attempts to resolve the issue with the French and European authorities have failed, the Sikhs are now turning to not only the Indian government but also the entire Indian diaspora to help them resolve a problem that threatens their religious identity.         

"We want the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi to give a new boost to this case. We believe that it is possible to change the status quo only if the Indian government makes a robust intervention on our behalf with the French government and explain to them that a turban is an integral part of the Sikh identity," Chain Singh, president of the Gurdwara of Bobigny, Paris, the biggest of the four gurdwaras in the French capital, told IANS.