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New Delhi, August 10, 2017: A Delhi-based Sikh organization has urged the United Nations Secretary General to pass a specific resolution in the UN General Assembly.

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) under the leadership of Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the organization’s General Secretary asks UN to provide a special exemption to Sikhs residing in various countries to wear their traditional religious-symbols.


To defend and promote his point, Sirsa focused and highlighted the necessity of delving into the five articles regarding faith and symbols of their religion, as connoted by the Sikh Gurus.

In a letter, Sirsa said, “Wearing these articles of faith is a must for every Sikh man and woman. We have observed that problems being faced by Sikhs in different countries is due to laws implemented in the particular country, and the courts of these countries upheld the criminal cases against the Sikhs without any wrongdoing by them because courts are bound to follow the law of the land,” mentioned Punjab News Express report.

Among all the Sikh practices that one has to follow, wearing turbans wrapped around the head, is a must have. Any other kind of headwear is prohibited. The lessons and the practices of Sikhism, other than equality and philanthropy, includes a few more practices like carrying a comb and “kirpan” or tiny steel-sword, donning an iron bangle, and never chopping off the hair.

It is said that these administrations lack the knowledge of the necessity of these practices. Sirsa also pointed out that the members of the Sikh community have gone beyond their limitations to contribute to the economic growth of their respective countries.

During natural disasters, they have served selflessly, and they are also quite active in the political fields. It has also been said that Sikhs are an asset in wherever they settle and whichever community they inhabit. The teachings of Guru Sahiban teach them to devote themselves to the development of the society. Sikhism becomes the fifth biggest religion around the globe through ranking so in most countries, after Christianity and Islam.

-prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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