I and Singh and Kaur of my age belonging to Generation Y and The inspirations who have been born since ages always work on a positive note that gives inspiration always – To Keep Faith in The Moment Now!
A recent example I have recently came across is the efforts being put in by The Kalgidhar Trust – Baru Sahib who have been standing steady still against all odds being faced by Sikh Players in the FIBA Basketball team! The International Basketball Federation Is Forcing Sikhs To Take Their Turbans Off and there was no other way to oppose them than to stand strong against all odd together!
Moments before the beginning of the Asia Cup’s India vs. Japan game that day, referees told Indian players Amrit Pal Singh and Amjyot Singh that they were violating Article 4.4.2 of FIBA’s official rules, which states that “Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players.”
Amrit Pal and Amjyot are both followers of Sikhism. The dangerous, injurious “objects” in question here were their turbans.
Rather than being deterred from playing for their teams, instead, the two stepped away from the court to unwrap their turbans and fasten their hair using elastic bands, then joined the game two minutes into play.
This incident is reminiscent of FIBA’s 2013 under-18 3-on-3 tournament during which members of the Maldives team were similarly disallowed from playing while donning hijabs (Muslim head scarves). In that case, the team forfeited. The Sikh turban or dastar is worn as an expression of faith, both by men and women. It is an outward manifestation of Sikhism’s central values of service and integrity. It is also a pragmatic way for Sikhs to care for their long hair, uncut as per Sikh tradition.
The petition started by Mr. Ravinderpal Singh Kohli has gained the momentum ever since it started on July 24th 2014, has gained a lot of momentum ever since. The total signatures have now crossed 10,000 odd supporters and have bagged a lot of appreciations from renowned personalities across the world like Milkha Singh – The Flying Sikh, Bishan Singh Bedi – Master Spinner, Honey Singh – International Rapper, Devenderpal Singh – Indian Idol Winner and has been viral on Twitter with celebrities like Gul Panag showing her support with a retweet urging her followers to support the cause, Diljit Dosanjh, Jaaved Jaffrey, Nick Duggal, Gurdass Maan, Honey Singh, Sikh Coalition, Valarie Kaur and Harshdeep Kaur have their support with the cause!
Not impressed yet? Digest this – This is the first ever over performing Sikh related petition ever took up until now by A Sikh for a Sikh Cause!
Show your support. Sign the Petition here – http://goo.gl/JXeY0u
It’s not one man’s responsibility to fight the odd, It has to be a collective effort from all of us!
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– DEEKSHA SINGH