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World Sikh route to Italy’s cheese empire

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    [​IMG]Sikh route to Italy’s cheese empire
    Gabriele Catania
    TRIENT, ITALY: Far away from
    the lassi kingdom of Punjab,
    Indian Sikhs are doing Chak
    de Phatte in the province of
    In Italy’s central Emilia-
    Romagna region, home to the
    famous cheese, cattlesheds
    that produce milk for parmesan
    are managed by Indians,
    mainly from the 30,000-strong
    Sikh community.
    So the joke goes among
    Italian parmesan makers: “If
    Sikh workers go on strike, Italy
    will not produce parmesan.”
    Not a chance, their admirers
    retort. “Sikhs are good,
    honest guys, they work really
    hard without complaining,”

    said a policeman based in
    Reggio Emilia, a wealthy city
    in Emilia-Romagna, declining
    to be named as he is not
    allowed to speak to the media.
    “They don’t drink, don’t quarrel,
    it’s like they don’t exist.”
    With its abundance of water,
    endless fields, farms and cattlesheds,
    Emilia-Romagna is,
    in a sense, the ‘Punjab of Italy’.
    And it is famous for its gastronomic
    specialities, strong
    socialist sympathies and racing
    cars — its home to legends
    like Ferrari, Maserati,
    Lamborghini and Ducati.
    “I’ve been in Italy since 1992.
    I work very hard, but it’s good
    here,” said a 40-year-old man
    from Punjab’s Sangrur town.
    “I’m well-paid, and on Sunday
    I watch football on TV. I’m a
    supporter of Juventus.”
    Alongside football, faith is
    alive too. A nearby town has
    the second biggest gurudwara
    of Europe, Gurudwara Singh
    Sabha, opened in 2000 in the
    presence of Romano Prodi,
    then President of the EU. And
    Emilia-Romagna’s parks often
    have Sikh children playing
    cricket, a little-known sport
    in Italy.
    But young Italians don’t
    want to sweat in the farms
    and dairies.
    “Milking cows?” said a young
    woman in Italian. “No man,
    it’s a job for immigrants.”
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