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A Sikh Farmer uses turban to save a drowning teenager in Kamloops, Canada

The turban is a manifestation of the mission given to all Sikhs that is to act as a divine being by standing firm against tyranny and protecting the weak.

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  • The Dastaar has been an important part of the Sikh religion since the time of the First Guru
  • Avtar Hothi took off his turban and  threw it into the water to pull the girl to the shore
  • The girl’s relatives confirmed a member of the family was rescued after falling into the river but didn’t want to speak to media about the incident

The dastar or the Sikh turban is deeply intertwined with the Sikh identity. It is a symbol of sovereignty, dedication, self-respect, courage and piety and the reason all practising Sikhs wear the turban is out of love and obedience to the wishes of the founders of their faith. But for the first time, a turban has saved the life of a teen. Avtar Hothi, a farmer in Kamloops used his turban to save a teen who had fallen into the cold waters of a nearby river.

 On June 28 CBCnews reported, Avtar Hothi and his son, Paul, were on their farm near Heffley Creek when they noticed a teen struggling in the North Thompson River close to their farm. Avtar Hothi quickly sprang to action and took off his turban, threw it into the water to pull her to shore.

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(Image used for representational purpose) A Sikh man in front of Golden Temple. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
(Image used for representational purpose) A Sikh man in front of Golden Temple. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Paul told CBCnews that the girl who was about 14 or 15 years old was in a state of shock and was freezing as the water was very cold. Paul says that he doesn’t know how she fell into the river. They covered her with a blanket to warm her up and drove her back to her grandmother’s house which was a few minutes from their farm. The girl’s relatives confirmed a member of the family was rescued after falling into the river but didn’t want to speak to media about the incident.

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Paul Hothi said that his father doesn’t usually take his turban off outside their home. The Dastaar has been an important part of the Sikh religion since the time of the First Guru.When a Sikh man or woman dons a turban, the turban becomes more than a piece of cloth. The turban is a manifestation of the mission given to all Sikhs that is to act as a divine being by standing firm against tyranny and protecting the weak.

“I’m very proud of him,” said Paul Hothi, referring to his 65-year-old dad.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • AJ Krish

    True practice of a religion makes one understand that there is no greater glory than to serve others. Without a second thought, he put the life of the girl first.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    What an amazing man! He saved the girl using his turban, a rich culture the Sikhs have been following. This is how religion should be worshiped

  • Aparna Gupta

    Sikh is a religion of help and this man proved it. He is a true pride of Sikhs.

  • AJ Krish

    True practice of a religion makes one understand that there is no greater glory than to serve others. Without a second thought, he put the life of the girl first.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    What an amazing man! He saved the girl using his turban, a rich culture the Sikhs have been following. This is how religion should be worshiped

  • Aparna Gupta

    Sikh is a religion of help and this man proved it. He is a true pride of Sikhs.

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

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History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

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What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.