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Canada White author uses Hindutva to justify kirpan ban

Discussion in 'Breaking News' started by khalji, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. khalji

    khalji Canada
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    Somebody needs to set this writer straight on this:

    http://www.cynicsunlimited.com/2011/02/20/the-kirpan-yea-or-nay/

    Finally, the idea of the kirpan as a White Christian versus minority non-Christian issue is literally brought to its heels by a letter from Ron Banerjee of the group Canadian Hindu Advocacy. Praising the Quebec National Assembly's decision not to admit the four Sikhs carrying kirpans, Banerjee states openly that the ceremonial dagger is indeed a weapon and that it has been used as such right here in Canada. He goes on to attack the niqab and hijab (headscarf worn by Muslim women) as well as the Sikh turban. Banerjee then contrasts Muslims and Sikhs' insistence on wearing such attire with Hindus and Jews' harmonious transition into Canadian society, calling the latter two communities' traditions as "conducive to democracy."
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    Still, the fact that a non-white non-Christian voiced his opposition to a Sikh tradition in such stark terms casts strong doubt on the notion of kirpan foes as a bunch of "redneck Reformers."
     
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  3. spnadmin

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    khlaji ji

    How does one "set" a bigot "straight?" The emotional fuel for bigotry is fear, anger and hatred. Even mild opposition gives him a justification to continue on with his fear-mongering, and hate-filled bigotry. Now a quick check of Google. I find that someone has tried to set him straight.

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    Ron Banerjee believes that

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    He lies and exaggerates with abandon. Don't you think he says such things precisely to get the "enemy" Sikhs riled up? Maybe even riled enough that Sikhs might do something rash and ill-conceived, goad a small percentage of Sikhs to lose control, make a few fatal mistakes in public, get sensational press coverage, and thus prove that he is right?

    I am personally aware of op-eds and comments from Anglos on his pages that attempted to set him straight over the past year. It has done no good. Ron Banerjee is a man on a mission, feeling full of righteousness, and moral indignation. People like Ron Banerjee create their own distorted vision of reality so that others can feed on his emotions. He does not want to be reasonable. When he is unreassonable, he gets the results he wants. It is hard to say btw who is the vampire -- Ron Banerjee or his audience. Or do vampires feed on each other?

    What is the point of playing into his hand of cards? There are smarter ways to cope with his rhetoric.
     
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    I want to add something. Ron Banerjee ironically is playing the part of the victim on the big stage of Canadian media. He is the symbolic sufferer, a martyr - on behalf of a large national constituency who feel they have been victimized. Whether this is true is beside the point. He uses this as his gambit, as his media strategy. He blames Sikhs and Muslims for his moral, social and political suffering, on behalf of others. It is very important not to enable this guy by co-signing his propaganda through useless arguments.

    So how to deal with that? Blasting back wastes energy and resources.

    1. Sikhs must ramp up their efforts to build and sustain positive networks of influence with members of other ethnic and religious groups on a local and national level, in order to raise awareness of Sikhi that drown out his arguments. This means that many of us need overcome our own ethnic and religious prejudices.

    2. Pay attention to everything he says, but respond to none of it directly. Instead, vigorously create an alternative truth by using the press and the Internet the same way he does, but turn the message around. Use media to create positive profiles of Sikhs, as individuals, as sangats, as organizations, as a way of life. If we do not do that, then we are allowing Ron Banerjee and people like him to control the agenda for future discussions.

    3. Remember that there are only 30 million Sikhs on the planet and most of them live in Punjab. So most people have never met a Sikh. He should not be allowed to have the upper hand in creating our image for the ignorant. We have to take that away from him. We need to work actively to create the profile by which we want to be known.
     
  5. Gyani Jarnail Singh

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    YES..keep drawing... the SIKH "LINE" longer and straighter....making his anti-sikh line shorter by default. Rubbing out /erasing his line is counter productive. People today are not dumb..they can see and judge..
     
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