Letters to the editor for the week of August 23rd, 2012 

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This is a Sikh's uniform, along with a turban. The turban is a sound indication to others that a Sikh lives in the image of infinity and is dedicated to serving all. This unique identity conveys royalty, grace and uniqueness. A turban of a Sikh does not represent anything except complete commitment to his Guru and utmost reverence to God. Sikhs are meant to keep hair in its natural unaltered state. In addition to maintaining long hair themselves, Sikh parents are to keep their children's hair intact from birth onwards.

According to the Sikh Code of Conduct, all intoxications, such as alcohol, tobacco and all its derivations, and trimming of the hair from any part of the body are forbidden. Adultery is considered a sin. A Sikh should regard another man's wife as his sister or mother and another man's daughter as his own daughter. The same rule is applicable to the Sikh women also.

All Sikhs share the surname Singh, which means a lion. All Sikh women use the name Kaur, which means a princess. In Sikhism these titles eliminate discrimination based on "family name" (which denotes a specific caste) and reinforces that all humans are sovereigns and equal under God. So at a distance with their beards and turbans, Sikhs may look a bit different, yet as one grows to know more about them, one finds in them kindred spirits and true friends. Some observations regarding Sikhs are as follows:

American writer and historian H. L. Bradshaw in Sikhism — A Faith Of New Age wrote: "This religion befits the inquest of science. Therefore, for the man of tomorrow, Sikh religion will be his last hope and refuge. Sikhism is a universal world faith with a message to humanity."

Said Sir Winston Churchill: "British people are highly indebted and obliged to Sikhs for a long time. I know that within this century we needed their help twice (in two world wars) and they did help us very well. As a result of their timely help, we are today able to live with honour, dignity, and independence. In the war, they fought and died for us, wearing the turbans."

General Sir Frank Messervy said this: "In the last two world wars 83,005 turban-wearing Sikh soldiers were killed and 109,045 were wounded. They all died or were wounded for the freedom of Britain and the world, and during shell fire, with no other protection but the turban, the symbol of their faith."

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