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To Boycott Or Not To

Tejwant Singh

Jun 30, 2004
Henderson, NV.
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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

I admire and endorse the decision of World Sikh Council - America Region in
upholding the Khalsa values by not bowing to the White House pressure and
for declining the White House offer to attend the sacred ceremonies of the
Installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib without bearing a kirpan, a mandatory
article of faith for an initiated Sikh.

If a Sikh goes to the White House to celebrate the 400 years of the
installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib after getting stripped of his/her
Kirpan, there is really nothing to celebrate. It is better to celebrate is
where one can exercise his/her religion freely.

People like Dr. Rajwant Singh have done immense damage to Sikhism by
compromising the basic principles of Sikhism by misinforming the White House
Authorities, misleading the Sikhs, and by adopting a revisionist attitude. A
button or "medallion" can never be a Kirpan regardless of how you wear it.

Dr. Rajwant Singh must apologize to the Sikh Sangat for misrepresenting and
damaging Sikhism and excuse himself from this function. He must tell the
White House and Sikh Sangat that it was a mistake on his part that he urged
Sikhs to remove their Kirpan and instead wear a button. Hopefully, it will
repair some of the damage that he has done to Sikhism.

I urge general Sikh Sangat to register their protest with the White House in
a calm and civilized manner and tell them that it is a violation of their
religious rights to force them to remove their kirpan while celebrating this
occasion at the White House. Has the White House ever asked a Christian or
Jew to remove his cross or skull cap while entering the White House? If
enough of us protest, they will get the message. They will also understand
the real Sikh principles.

Gur Fateh

Dr. Tarlochan Singh
(Former Secretary General, World Sikh Council - America Region)

What do you think about it? Should we boycott or not??

Jul 13, 2004
((( He must tell the White House and Sikh Sangat that it was a mistake on his part that he urged Sikhs to remove their Kirpan and instead wear a button )))

Real kirpan (the long one), is worn by handful people now. So looks like that doesnt stand in the argument. However, if one is not allowed a symbolic 6 inches kirpaan, and/or asked to wear a button, then we need to give a clear message to White House.

Tejwant ji, where could we learn more about this happening, and the mode of registering protest, after ensuring the authenticity of this event?

Best Regards.

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