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This event has been very positive.

If one money bache (kid) wearing dastar (turban) for first time today at this event decides to keep wearing dastar and maintain kesh this event has been successful and should be held annually.

By the way, sangat tv also slandered sikh channel and presenters as well and they also initiated the argument on tv.

Well done and dhanvaad (thanks) to sikh channel and bhai Baljit Singh ji for making this event a success.

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The event was a huge success. It did qhat it set out to do. I saw a lot if people (gore) stopping and asking what was happening and taking away the literature. There a lot of people including kids wearing their dastar with pride.

Well done sikh channel. Would be good if this was an annual event. There were also a lot if journalists about so again awareness will be created further.

We are currently on the coach on the way home and everyone us still buzzing after today's event.

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D Day turnout was around 2500-3000. Not massive but alot larger than I thought after all the confusion and mixed messages that were given. There were a proportional amount of youth but what was really evident was that the turnout was a diverse cross-section of the sangat from kids to women to elders.

The general discussion amongst the youth who gathered was that the leadership has never stood up to being accountable. It was a bit of leadership bashing day and that's unfortunate but not surprising.

The winner in all of this was unfortunatly Bal and the Sikh Channel, they have come across as the Sikh voice of the downtrodden. They cleverly gave stage time to anyone who was willing to go on. The group International Panthi Dal managed to build their profile on the gathering and telecast, indirectly offering the idea of a new leadership which the general sangat think they now need. I think the turnout was London/South England strong, which in a way was good to see as it broke the Midland monolpoly of stage limelight. In a way the exercise has propelled some new personalities and possibility of new jathebhandis formalising. Whether that's good or bad, time will tell!

All in all an uplifiting day. Networks were formed, a lot of interaction and exchange of ideas. When we were doing Ardas at the end, I almost fell over with emotion, it felt unreal puting this all into context. We were standing in Westminister London what was once the most powerful centre in the world. The echos of jaikara and panthic naray in Westminister which once rulled over the Sikh world. Who would have ever thought this would happen one day!

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  1. Sikhs in airport 'disrespect' demo

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(UKPA) – 15 hours ago

Thousands of Sikhs have filled Parliament Square in London for a protest against the "intimidation and disrespect" of their faith at European airports.

The demonstration is hoped to raise awareness of the growing issue of problems Sikhs have at airports over their turbans.

Many are asked to remove them, or have them searched in what they consider to be disrespectful ways, in airports across the world.

The turban, known as a Dastar, is regarded as an important part of the Sikh identity.

Parliament Square was filled with a sea of different-coloured head-dresses as thousands of people came from across the country for the rally - nicknamed D-Day, after the Dastar.

The protest, organised by the Sikh Channel, a cable TV station based in Birmingham and London which broadcasts to an international audience, was held simultaneously with others in Brussels, Rome and Madrid - connected by live link and broadcast on big screens.

Amar Deep Singh, from the Sikh Channel, travelled from Derby for the occasion.

He said: "We are providing awareness to the public and the members of Parliament about the importance and significance of our turban."

He said the turban was often well-respected in British society, with moves such as the exemption of Sikhs from wearing crash helmets on motorbikes.

"We are used to the Government being tolerant, Britain has been very tolerant. But after 9/11 we are being mistaken as other communities who wear turbans. We're being told to take them off, almost as if it's as easy as a mobile phone. But we are not supposed to, it's a religious symbol. To us, the Dastar is like a crown, it's really disrespectful to ask us to take it off."

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Yesterday's Dastar event was one of the best I have seen in many years, The venue was perfect, right on the door steps of the Parliament House, where thousands sightseers pass-by every day, they showed big interest in finding out what's happening and took the awareness leaflets happily. The stage was well managed, giving time to everybody and throughout the program keeping the focus on the subject. Sikh Sangat's presence and support was overwellming, they travelled from all over the country.

Despite the adverse parchar to confuss the Sangat by the so called self-made leaders of the Jathebandian using their media, Sangat TV, Sikh Sangat gave a clear mandate that are not bound to them but will back anybody whoever want to fight for the ligitimate rights of the Sikhs. I think time has come, these self-made leaders have had their time, and now should resign and give way to the new leadership who is sincere in resolving the Sikh Issues not just in UK but in Europe..

Well done Sikh Channel, live up to your motto.

It should not stop here but we should take the 'Dastar Awareness Day' to our Gurdwaras, for our Kids.

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************************************************************************ SIKH FEDERATION UPDATE ****************************************************************************

When Simon Hughes MP spoke at the Freedom Rally in Trafalgar Square on 5 June. He promised the Sikh Federation (UK) he would visit Amritsar, listen to Sikh demands and then raise these legitimate demands with the Indian Government when he visits Delhi.

Simon Hughes is currently in Amritsar, when he visits Delhi later in the week he is expected to raise the issue of Dr Manmohan Singh government’s failure to protect the Sikh identity in Europe e.g. Sikh turban in France or at airports across Europe by refusing to use India’s economic strength to influence foreign governments.

The issues he raises during his visit are expected to make a significant Impact as the Liberal Democrats are part of the Coalition government in the UK and Nick Clegg their Leader is the Deputy Prime Minister

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back biting on each other thru the channels was the most shameful of it all and has killed any success of this event whatsoever-

both channels have shown imatureness without an iota of doubt - no professioalism what so ever - therefore no where special --

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