Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I'm Wondering Why This Wasn't Being Enforced Before?

Perhaps DSGMC could answer that question. Also, does the SGPC have a similar rule that it can enforce??

I like the comment in the article about the 'educated illiterate' making this order an issue. 'Educated illiterate' is the equivalent of the 'useful idiots' who supported communism in the west during the cold war, as the Soviets referred to them, and the 'useful idiots' today, who align themselves with islamofascists in the west and elsewhere.

Quite frankly the student quoted in the last paragraph isn't being asked for an opinion in the matter, nor is that student being asked to enforce the order. If you want to avail yourself of the opportunity for a quality education provided by a Sikh school, then you should follow the rules, period.

Just because people in the west or elsewhere have lost their religious compass doesn't mean that everyone should abandon themselves to doing everything that is being done in western countries. It seems to me, that pretty soon people will say that westerners are doing "x,y, and z", so we're going to do the same. What is the big deal about 'going abroad'? Just because someone is 'abroad' doesn't make them some sort of enlightened luminary who can now spout bromides on someone else's religious principles or moral foundation.
On reading that last paragraph again, I just want to clarify, I don't mean to imply that all people in the west have lost their religious compass, but rather, that is the received wisdom or is what you typically hear. Sure many people are irreligious in the west these days, with reduced levels of religious belief being found in countries like Canada, etc... in surveys, but there are also many people who do have a religion and I don't mean to paint them with the same brush. Also, the behaviours that I call into question are those that one would typically associate with licentiousness and moral depravity.
Gurudwara panel makes turban compulsory for Sikh students
Express News Service

New Delhi, May 15: The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee has again ruled that students in its schools will compulsorily have to wear turban. Those not following the committee’s order will be expelled from school. The announcement came after RSS’s statement that Sikhs can be considered a part of the Hindu samaj.

“Many people in Punjab are cutting hair and nothing is being done about it. Since the Akali government in Punjab, being supported by the BJP, did not react to the RSS statement, we had to revive this order in Delhi so that they also encourage SGPC to take action,” said Paramjit Singh Sarna, the chief of DSGMC.

Guru Harikirshan Public School, that is run by the DSGMC has supported the move. “Every community has the right to educate their children about their culture and that is what we are doing. This is the need of the hour and we must conserve our culture. Cutting of hair is a growing and disturbing trend and this is because of the students’ herd mentality as some “educated illiterate” ridicule them for long hair,” said V K Sawhney, retired principal of Guru Harkrishan Public School, Shahdara.

“There have been instances in our school when children did cut their hair but we have not expelled them as such. We only convinced them so that do not do it again,” she added.

However, students feel that it should be a matter of personal choice. “I do not want to cut hair and wear turban because it gives us a distinguished identity but I can’t impose that on my friends. A lot of them who went abroad have cut their hair,” said Simranjeet Singh, who studies in Class XI in GHPS.

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