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The Sikh turban: at once personal and extremely public
Harmeet Singh Soin (Left) and his brother Harkirat Singh Soin (Right) differ on wearing the Sikh turban.
August 8th, 2012
04:48 PM ET

The Sikh turban: at once personal and extremely public

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Harkirat Singh Soin remembers a day in 1999 when, after much contemplation, he finally took a seat in a barber's chair.

All his 18 years, he'd worn long hair, first in a top knot, then in a dastar, or turban. It was an expression of his Sikh faith and a distinct mark of his identity.

As his locks tumbled to the floor, Soin felt ashamed.

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He thought of his upbringing in a suburban Milwaukee neighborhood by Punjabi parents who emigrated from India. He grew up on meals of homemade roti and daal makhani and sessions at Sunday school that instilled Sikh values. He thought also of how his mother had taken time to maintain her boys' long hair with love and care.

With every snip of the shears, he felt, he lost not just hair but parts of his being.

But he was tired of not fitting in, of being teased. Once when he was in elementary school, he was even beaten with sticks by neighborhood troublemakers, he says.

"I am guessing that they turned on me because I was different," says Soin, now 32 and studying for his U.S. medical license in Illinois after finishing medical school in China.

He became the first member of his family to shed the most visible signs of his faith. His father and older brother still wear a turban and beard.

He is like thousands of other Sikh men who have abandoned turbans to avoid discrimination or from fear of incidents like the shootings this week at the Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. Others simply feel they are old hat and interfere with modern lifestyles.

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The turban, tied in distinctive fashion, was a way to manage long hair and serves as the most instant way to recognize recognition of a Sikh.

Sikh men have worn turbans since 1699, when the last living guru bestowed a unique Sikh identity based on five articles of faith. Among them were a steel bracelet signifying a reality with no beginning or end; a sword representing resolve and justice; and unshorn hair as a gift of God and a declaration of humility.

In India, Sikhism's birthplace, the turban was first abandoned in large numbers in anti-Sikh riots that erupted after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984, says Manjit Singh, a leader of a Sikh nationalist political party in New Delhi.

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Even more Sikhs unraveled their turbans for good after the September 11 attacks in the United States. They felt vulnerable after some Sikhs were mistaken for Muslims and targeted by revenge-seeking zealots.

Just four days after the Twin Towers collapsed, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, was shot five times and killed by aircraft mechanic Frank Roque. Roque was later found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On appeal, his sentence was reduced to life in prison.

In the years following, the Sikh Coalition, a New York-based advocacy group, reported more than 700 attacks or bias-related incidents against Sikhs.

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That was certainly cause for concern in the Soin family.

They displayed an American flag and bumper stickers on the family car that said: "Proud to be American" and "Sikh American."

"It was to show people that we are with you," Harkirat Soin says. "We are not who you think we are."

"We are not radical Muslims."

Soin's younger brother Manmeet stopped wearing a turban six years ago. Older brother Harmeet still wears his and has not been spared the sting of ignorance.

Harmeet Soin says he has been called "Osama" on the streets. And when he travels for his banking job, he gets called out at airport security every time, he says, even though he is a frequent flyer and has executive status with various airlines.

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He says he, too, wanted to cut his hair when he was in school. But his father sat him down and asked: Is that the answer to your problem? Will you no longer be different then?

He realized then that the turban was as much his identity as his skin color.

"I am very proud of looking different," he says. "I am proud of my identity."

Harmeet Soin says he was disappointed when his brother first cut his hair and took off the turban. But he understands that Harkarit is an adult who has to be comfortable with the choices he makes.

The turban is a decided mark of difference for which Sikhs may have paid a heavy price last Sunday when gunman Wade Michael Page began shooting his way through a gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Oak Creek, a suburb of Milwaukee.

Police have yet to define a motive, but in the Sikh community, the fear is that they were targeted by someone who knew little about their beliefs.

Lehigh University English professor Amardeep Singh wrote on his blog this week that the turban amplifies the hostility felt by some.

"The turban that Sikh men wear is the embodiment of a kind of difference or otherness that can provoke some Americans to react quite viscerally," Singh wrote. "I increasingly feel that visible marks of religious difference are lightning rods for this hostility in ways that don't depend on accurate recognition.

"I am not sure why the reaction can be so visceral - perhaps because wearing a turban is at once so intimate and personal and so public? Walking around waving, say, an Iranian flag probably wouldn't provoke quite the same reaction. A flag is abstract - a turban, as something worn on the body, is much more concrete and it therefore poses a more palpable (more personal?) symbol for angry young men looking for someone to target. Whether or not that target was actually the "right one" was besides the point for the Oak Creek shooter."

Harkarit Soin says his family knew one of the victims well. Satwant Singh Kaleka, who served as president of the gurdwara, had presided over prayers and rituals at Soin's sister's wedding.

"Why are we being targeted?" Soin says. "Despite educating people, it seems nothing has changed since 9/11."

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As the community stands in solidarity after tragedy, Harkarit Soin says he is considering wrapping a turban again.

"I think this was my vanity," he says about cutting his hair. "I wanted to conform. But why should I be ashamed of whom I am? We are a hardworking community. And we have been through a lot."

Soin is proud to be an American, he says. Proud to be Sikh - and of an identity marked by a turban.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Race • Sikh

soundoff (814 Responses)
  1. insight

    An interesting bit –
    Kohanim (priests) in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem wore turbans; they go back at least as far as biblical times!

    In the Bible, referring to the high priest, it says, "He shall put on the holy linen coat and shall have the linen undergarment on his body, and he shall tie the linen sash around his waist, and wear the linen turban; these are the holy garments. He shall bathe his body in water and then put them on." (Leviticus 16:4)

    August 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • insight

      The turban has been common throughout Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa for thousands of years. Today, Muslim, Sikh and other men often wear turbans to fulfil religious requirements to cover their heads; traditionally, Hindu men often wear them as well

      August 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • insight

      “Let living in His presence, with mind rid of impurities be your discipline. Keep the God-given body intact and with a Turban donned on your head”. (Guru Granth Sahib–Page 1084)

      August 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  2. iTexan

    I kind of like the Sikh turban. It has a formal, distinguished look (in my opinion). Hey, if they want to wear it, it's a free country, and it's fine with me. Now, for stuff that covers faces and limits practicality (i.e. impedes visibility while driving), I have a different opinion.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • just sayin

      From all Christians, all I have to say is fuck you. Repent or Jesus your all-loving creator will send you to burn in hell for eternity, but only because he loves you so much.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  3. sasa

    In every religion there are signs of religious believes and artifacts, but not all religious groups hang/wear those around them...unless there's an occasion. As Indians are considered a new immigrant group in USA, Indian's used to be killed due to their different attire and fashion, ie. wearing bindi or tika on forehead, vermilion on the middle of the hair part for women etc. most of the women opted not to wear these questionable symbols of their wedding signs on day to day basis…just to be part of the regular common Americans. Same people when they go for an Indian festivals/celebrations they apply all the above. But so far I never heard any cry about these women’s sacrifice…..however, as stubborn as Sikhs are, even after all the things happening ….they do not want to give-up their turban! Are those Sikhs less /lower who chopped their hair???

    August 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @sasa

      Hi -sasa...

      I'm not sure i'm following you here. Are you saying that just because some women from India chose 'not' to wear their traditional garb, or traditional markings, that the Sikh's should too ?

      Sorry... maybe it's me... but I'm not getting your point, can you please clarify ?

      Thanks.

      Peace...

      August 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Santa Tau

      SASA you are correct, hindu women stopped wearing bindis and sandhoor after dot busters started harassing them. I doubt sikhs would do that. They are fundamentally different than hindus on these issues, they tend to fight and hindus tend to flight. Neither way is right or wrong, just cultural response to adversity. you may also note that when muslim rulers of India started converting hindus to islam by force, sikhs fought back, if they had not fought back we could have a billion more muslims (unconverted hindus), today.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  4. Bill Maher Nails It

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    August 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  5. AJAY

    Hi

    August 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  6. Freelancer

    There seems to be a question about why Americans dislike people with turbans. As an educated world traveler (yes, I've been to India several times), please let me help you understand the American thought process.

    The United States is known as a "melting pot". We encourage people from all over the world to come to the USA, become US citizens, and bring a little bit of your culture to North America. We like learning about your food, your language, your clothing, and your religion.

    Yet, we don't want to have to learn your language, or wear your clothes, or practice your religion. We want you to do these things in the privacy of your own home, and not subject us to these things on a daily basis.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Freelancer

      We expect YOU to learn English. We expect YOU to dress appropriately (like an American). In short, we expect YOU to change your ways to better integrate with us. Please do not expect us to change our ways to better integrate with you.

      One only needs to think about the debate on the Spanish Language versus English Language in the United States to understand what I'm speaking of.

      Americans very much dislike people who come to our country and expect us to give them a prosperous life, yet these same people expect to live exactly the same way they did in their own country. They teach their children the "old ways" of their country, instead of embracing the ways of the United States.

      Do you understand the conflict?

      August 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • Sarabjeet

        hi all,
        i think we are living in a free world, isn't it.Everyone has the right what he wants to do.If indians are goin out to america then y some of them hate us for what we wear or how we look.This is young world.those who think because of different country,language, religion, style of dressing....one should be targeted.This is Wrong.
        GROW UP GUYZ...LOOK THE WHOLE WORLD HAS GROWN.
        if these are the reasons..go target lil wayne also cause he has got diamond teeths, he looks different.

        We in india allow everyone to come and not to differentiate among them.we all are humans.

        PEACE

        January 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm |
    • Freelancer

      Well, there's more, but someone at CNN won't allow it to be posted. Not sure why...

      August 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • just sayin

      Brevity...learn it

      August 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • ME II

      @Freelancer
      "Well, there's more, but someone at CNN won't allow it to be posted. Not sure why..."
      I'm sure it's a liberal conspiracy
      /sarcasm

      August 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • AJAY

      Mr Freelancer,
      When you go to California, do you start speaking in Spanish...or change your name to more hispanic name? When you do to Boston, do you accent changes to Bostonian accent? When you go to Hawai, do you forget english and start speaking the native language?

      August 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Lauren

      I don't think you understand. Sikhs don't cut their hair and wear turbans because they believe that God created everything and everyone how he wanted to and it is a gift. So why cut it? -Lauren

      August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Simthsonian

      So the new immigrants must conform to the "American Culture". Can you be more hypocrite? Did the European Americans (Which is what the majority is anyways) changed their Religion to Native American cultures? What did they do to Native Americans? Do you even have the grounds and morals to call yourself Americans? Are you the original Americans? Just because you build bridges and buildings, you own this country? Why don't white Americans go back to their original Countries and laave the true america back to its original occupants, the world will be become a very peaceful place.

      August 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Santa Tau

      I agree. This is the fundamental difference between the US and European approaches to immigrants. European (Canadian too) philosophy celeberates your unique culture and expects you to stay the same. The US culture will welcome you but won't celeberate your uniqueness, it will force you to assimilate. The melting pot would change your physical composition. Immigrants are more successful in the US than any other country. The reason, they are treated as adults not like kids with special needs.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  7. Freelancer

    What happened to my post? I had a clear, concise, well written response, and it never showed up. Who's the censor?

    August 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Freelancer

      Wow - I reposted it, and it ALSO went into the ether. What the *&^%$#@! is going on here? Why are my posts being edited / censored?

      August 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Huebert

      CNN has an innane word filter you most had the word fragment "t.it" as in inst.itute or "c.um" as in doc.ument. I believe Reality has a full list of all of the banned words.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Reality

      ar-se.....as in Car-se, etc.
      ba-stard
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, lubco-ck, etc.
      co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      cu-nt.....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      do-uche
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, etc.
      fu-ck......!
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      ji-sm
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      nip-ple
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sh-it
      sl-ut
      sn-atch
      sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.
      -–
      Allowed words / not blocked at all:

      anal
      anus
      ass
      boob
      crap
      damn
      execute
      hell
      kill
      masturbation
      murder
      penis
      pubic
      sphincter
      testes
      testicles
      -
      The CNN / WordPress filter also filters your EMAIL address and NAME as well – so you might want to check those. (for instance your email cannot have "sh-@t" as part of it.)

      I have found the best way to re-submit is to hit the back button, look for and fix the problem, delete your cookies, and then hit "post".

      August 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  8. myweightinwords

    I'm thinking this through as I type, so I may fumble about a bit. I apologize.

    I see a lot of posts talking about why any God would require the wearing of a turban (or anything else) along with the notion that God (whoever you believe that to be) would care more about actions than what you wear or don't wear, and it reminds me about conversations I've had with people who do not understand various aspects of Paganism the same way a Pagan does.

    I may be wrong, as I have not actively studied the Sikh faith myself, but it is entirely possible that those of us outside the faith are not seeing it in the best of lights for understanding. I doubt that a Sikh believes that the turban is a demand his god places on him. It is not for god, per se. It is for the man himself.

    The faith is not in the turban, but the turban is an expression of that faith, it is a personal expression of devotion. It serves as a reminder to the individual who wears it to be mindful, to be present.

    In the same way ritual isn't for gods, no matter what god or what ritual. The ritual is for the person performing it. It brings focus, clarity, it offers purpose in a world that all to often seems to have none. You don't have to believe in anything, you don't have to believe the same way as anyone else. You don't have to put any stock in anyone's expression of faith.

    It doesn't mean I'm not going to don my pentacle every morning as a sign of my faith, or the raven necklace that represents my chosen god. Nor does it mean I should be subject of judgment and ridicule for doing so.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  9. No fool

    You sure are taking a long time to post my politically most incorrect comment.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      There is no actual moderator. Your post probably contained words or word fragments that violate the inane word filter.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
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    August 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  11. palintwit

    Beware the teabagger who wears a turban. That's where he hides the ammo he just bought at Walmart.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      OK, that was funny.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • ME II

      How do you know they are a teabagger, unless you've been teabagged by them?

      August 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  12. sukhwinder

    No need for religion in this current world. Religion is causing more bad than good. Religion free world will resolve many of the current violent atrocities.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  13. shraddhamaskey

    How ironical! Sikhism started to fight back Muslim invasion in South Asia and they became the number one enemy of the Muslim rulers and Mullahs of the time. This enmity continues even today in many parts of the world, at least in the theological level, but here, because of their looks, Sikhs are being mistaken for being Muslims and targetted. America needs education. I am not trying to spread hate culture; I believe all religions are to be respected, including Islam and we should not judge from the past, but it may be worth knowing how Sikh Spiritual leaders obtained their myrtyrdom: Follow the link http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Martyrdom_of_the_3_Sikhs

    August 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Person of Interest

      That is the nature of hate. Bigots seldom truly know why they hate or even whom. I used to work in a pretty rough bar after I got out of the Army and one night (when I wasn't working) a guy, who came in all the time, was touting his KKK leanings to a dark complected guy (an Italian). I turned around and told him my last name (he didn't know it) and told him I was a Polish Jew so if he had an issue bring it to me.

      I'm half Polish/Irish (100% American), and I was raised Catholic. That guy had no clue whether I was or wasn't Jewish. The bigot left and never came back in on a night I worked. The Italian guy he was messing with ended up being a Muslim that practiced about as much as I practice Catholicism. He also started coming in with a bunch of dudes he rode with. Funny thing is bigots don't tip very well cause they don't think they owe anybody anything. The other guys tipped great. Karma's funny like that, I stepped in to be a smart@$$ cause I didn't like the one guys tone, than a Catholic Veteran and a Muslim end up being friends.

      You can't judge people by the way they look, you'll get them wrong half the time.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  14. nitkad

    Yes, there were riots after Indira Gandhi was killed. But show me any other incident of Hindu-Sikh roits in last 30 years after Indira Gandhi. Those riots were politically motivated and not done by common people.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • singh

      They were not Hindu-Sikh riots. It was the Sikh massacare by Indian Government in 1984.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Santa Tau

      easy

      August 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  15. sydneyblake77

    Please forgive me, I realize what this article is about, but I just have to say this:

    I want to run my fingers through that man's hair!

    Okay, carry on.... (And I send my apologies if this posts more than once.)

    August 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Dryoasis41

      He does have a georgeous head of hair, I'll give you that...

      August 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Simran

      Man, you really look awesome with the turban. Just saying... My comment shouldnot be the reason for you to decide to go back to the turban though... Do what you want and we fellow Sikhs will always love you.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  16. Dryoasis41

    A lot of responses of acceptance here. That's wonderful and heartfelt. One thing though – anybody saying that Sikhs should be accepted if they become citizens and know the language/laws would be wise to apply this to everybody. Sadly, form what I've seen, if this article were about Muslims – there would be different responses (especially regarding the headware Muslim women choose to wear).

    Let's make sure that when we apply acceptance we apply it to EVERYBODY. Sikhs aren't terrorists, neither are the majority of Muslims.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • DowJones

      Unfortunately you can't say that about Indians. They are terrorists down to the bone.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, bullish!t.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Shardik

      Well to be fair, while your point is correct the part concerning "the headware Muslim women choose to wear" might be more debatable. I think it's fair to say the headwear Muslim women are forced to wear.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Dryoasis41

      You'd actually be surprised how many women actually choose to wear it. It's part of the religeon just as the turban is for Sikhs.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Simran

      Very true. We need to apply this to EVERYBODY. Every living soul. WIth you on that one.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  17. Khanzada

    Let the Sikhs be. If they want to do Turbans...fine....long hair....fine. It is upto them and their beliefs. It is a free world. They are human beings and we love them for it.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  18. palintwit

    Sikhs wear turbans and teabaggers have a "Don't Tread on Me " flag tattooed on their buttocks. What's the difference?

    August 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • fiftyfive55

      That's easily amswered:Teabaggers are Americans and Sikhs are foreigners who moved here

      August 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You idiot. No wonder you can't get a job. You're bone-stupid.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Valerion

      @Fiftyfive55- Guess what, unless you are of Native American stock, we were all once foreigners who once moved here.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • fiftyfive55

      @TOM TOM THE PIPERS SON: Which are you a sikh or a muslim ?

      August 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Guess again, dumb sh!t. I'm as lily-white as can be. German, English, and French; ancestors came here in the 1700s. Went to a Lutheran church for decades. Married. Straight.

      Anything else, moron?

      August 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • fiftyfive55

      @VALERION:even American indians are from somewhere else just like everyone else so toss your non arguement out

      August 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thanks for just refuting your own point, 55.

      Really, you're hilarious.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • fiftyfive55

      TOM-TOM-You sure do spout out like a muslim though.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • jonesc22

      And Fiftyfive55, you spout off like a racist bigot that knows he is of a dying breed. I could make a million assumptions about you, like you're doing about others. Let's see, you're probably: white, middle aged, divorced twice, don't see at least 2 of your kids, lives in a trailer, from the south, listen to Rush Limbaugh religiously, collecting unemployment even though you profess to believe in small government, and, oh yeah, and have beer gut dunlapping over your pants. How's that for stereotypes?

      If you don't care to know other cultures, then stop talking about them. If you don't want to be stereotyped, stop doing it to others. The 9/11 eye for an eye mentality has just put us trillions of dollars into debt, and begotten more hate on both sides, of which you are a prime example.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  19. bill constantine

    "When in Rome, dress as the Romans do"..Well were are you. You go to the Taliban area and do not have a beard then you have a problem...Do your religion at home..

    August 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Bob from Pittsburgh

      I guess you are free to show your ignorance..

      August 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Penny Boppie

      Bill,
      Your comment is nothing but a biggoted variation of "go back where you came from". They ARE home...right here in America.
      Get some help...

      August 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Hesperus

      Yes I do get what you are sayin. But then again if Sikhs don't want to change and understand the pros and cons then who are we to force them? More power to them. But don't pull the rug from under them.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @bill constantine,

      why do you insist on such white bread conformity? "We ... are ... all ... in-div-id-uals." (in roboto voce)

      You expect everyone to be clones, just like you?

      August 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      Then you support telling Christians that they can not wear their cross/crucifix/fish jewelry out of the house? And those t-shirts with the bible verses on them? Keep those at home. That star of David your Jewish neighbor got for their bat mitzvah, don't wear it wear people can see it.

      Keep your religion at home. Is that what you're saying? Perhaps we need to go one step further. Those churches? Take down the crosses outside. Put away that nativity scene. Those stained glass windows depicting scenes of the bible? Those have to go too.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  20. BeBe

    You would think Indian Hindu trolls would come out in hordes and support their countrymen Sikhs. But they are nowhere to be found. Their silence is deafening and the way they are disassociating themselves is pathetic. Look at Indian government...so meek ...so scared of Americans that you don't hear a peep. Look at that Indian Ambassador in America ....she was busy eating Samosas with Chutney while the sikhs were being massacred in USA !!!

    August 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Vachoa

      Well the Indians have slaughtered Sikhs too. Haven't they?

      August 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Bob from Pittsburgh

      At Vachoa:

      Sikhs body guards Killed Indira Gandi, also IndiraGandi ordered the asault on the golden temple were many Sikhs die..

      August 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • nitkad

      Hindu Indians do not think sikhs as different from them. For us we are all same.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      What should India do about racists in America? "Their silence is deafening and the way they are disassociating themselves is pathetic".

      Americans should respond to American-crazies.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Canuk

      The problem in South Asia is Indians. They bent down to British and now to Americans. What they have done to Sikhs is no different than what happened when British took over Indians/Hindus in the 1800s.....kick the minorities under bus. India needs to be sliced up into independednt nations along cultural lines. Too big to be an effective country. Creating problems for world as it stands right now.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Viveka Brown

      The incident happned on american soil. A big chunk of victims were americans. What is the Indian government supposed to do? Send drones to attack the already dead shooter? This is an American problem. If fellow americans cannot fight racial/cultuiral hatred, who can? All Americans .. Hindu/Christian/Mulsim/Jew ... etc need to show support.

      August 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
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