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5. Some people say that they prefer to follow Guru Nanak
being a peaceful pacifist (rings bell about Dalai Lama's popularity)and
not say the Guru Gobind's call for raising the sword in defence
of injustice or unfairness of extreme kinds. So they say we
are Sikhs-san-the-turban etc.
6. Turban and beard have become a symbol of beauty rather
than sign of religiosity.I am not against better grooming
but emphasis has shifted. There are several other points probably
more important and significant than enumerated above. However
it cannot be denied that the TRADE OR BRAND IMAGE OF A SIKH
IS TURBAN AND BEARD. No one can argue about it or deny it.
One may say "Why so?" but the fact remains that
it is a rallying point of the community and the faith. A brand
is built over a period and the turban and beard has become
so for the Sikhs.
Another important point for the branded Sikhs (if I may use
this term) is that they canot fight for their rights to wear
turban, if the community/Gurdwara leaders or representatives
do not themselves wear turban. Consider the plight of turbaned
Sikh to be represented by a non-turbaned Sikh on say the turban
issue.Unless, of course, the non-turbaned Sikhs are saying
that the turbaned Sikhs should follow their wisdom to cut
hair, pronto, the better. It would give them more comfort!
The Sikh Religious Forums like SGPC have done almost nothing
to promote the 5K's in a situation which demanded better approach
under difficult and fast changing environ (political, cultural,
legal, social,commercial)under which Sikhs now live. The priesthood
does not command respect of intelligensia and in fact is doing
more harm than good.Even if they are not "literate",
the least they can do is to "appear pious and be truly
sewa oriented". I would welcome a discussion without
hype. Many of us face the issue with our siblings, neighbours,
relatives and friends. We have to remember that "Faith"
cannot be put to last degree of logic. Existence of God itself
ia a matter If faith rather than logic. To me "Turban"
is nostalgic and has an emotional bond with the community
and religion and is an integral part of my past association
with my folks and home state etc. This cannot be denied but
whether it MUST BE PERPETRATED at any cost,I am open to listen
to thers' wise words. Thanks.