Tuesday December 11, 2018

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.

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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.

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)