Posted by: Singh Is King | Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sikhs’ Human Right to Wear Turban (Letter to the Editor).

“Ireland’s Integration Minister Conor Lenihan Monday said that immigrants to the country must accept Ireland’s culture but acknowledged the importance of the turban in the Sikh community.
‘If we are to take integration seriously, people who come here must understand our way of doing things. When the president and ministers travel to the Middle East, they accept cultural requirements of the country and the culture they are operating in. It is a vice versa situation with regard to Ireland,’ he said”.
I was surprised to read these comments by the minister of Ireland. Every culture has beauty of their own. Living here in United States of America, I learnt a lot about the Irish culture and believe and understand to be a beautiful culture in its own way. People who come from Ireland call themselves as Irish Americans. With similar interests of availing better opportunities and enhance their knowledge Indian Sikhs travel all around the world. Many of them are trying to keep their religious background in order to make a better human being out of them.

I believe Irish Government should be proud of the fact that a Sikh who is an Indian Irishman wants to serve in their Army. As far as the comment about traveling to Middle east, everybody have to conform to Muslim standards and a similar approach was dictated by the Muslim invaders in India. I heard and believe the saying “The survival of the fittest” and guess what… Sikhs are the living examples of that saying.

Whats important for the Irish Army? a man who is willing to risk his life for their country, which was adopted or a denial of service due to a stupid hat which is worn by the rest of the Army. I strongly believe that the minister who made these remarks should apologize and accept the Sikh gentleman. Otherwise Ireland is one of the countries which will not be visited by any of the Sikhs throughout the world. Something to think about, Sikhism is the 5th largest religion in the world, you can do the math.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Tejdeep Singh

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