Recent News

Vaisakhi Fervor In Washington Gurdwara

Sikh: Race Was Factor In Arrest

U.N. Struggles Over How To Help Nations That Reject Aid

United Sikhs Relief Mission Collects Donated Items From Buddhist Maha Vihara For Transportation To Myanmar

Baba Santa Singh: A Small Memory Of A Departed Chief

Grooving With The Kids

Sikh Youth Group Donates Rm20,000

Struggle To Reach China Quake Survivors

Gurmat Camp Ii Held At Tagi Tagi Gurudwara Sahib In Fiji Islands

An Emmy Goes To "Sikhs In America" Documentary

Changing Expressions Of Punjabi Culture

'One Light' Shares The Message Of Guru Nanak With Students At Atlanta Film Festival

A Dream Comes True For 22 Couples

Turban Diktat Kicks Up Row In Punjab's Sikh School

Sikhs Shun San Francisco Airport Alleging Religious Profiling

You can add SikhNet news to your website or read it in your RSS news reader.

Receive SikhNet News Daily by Email

Search SikhNet News Archive

University of Texas Sikh Students Association hosts Tie-a-Turban Day for Awareness Week

Comments Email this Article
    The Sikh Students Association and other Sikhs from the UT community offered to tie turbans on the heads of passers-by on the West Mall Thursday.

    The group offered food and answered questions for students during "Tie-a-Turban Day," which is part of Sikh Awareness Week, to give students an understanding about the religion.

    "For us, it represents humility and sovereignty," association member Gurjit Singh said about the turbans.

    He added that there is a common misconception that all turbans are associated with Islamic culture, but in actuality 99 percent of people who wear turbans in America are Sikhs. Turbans are common in the Middle East because of the weather or fashion, he said.

    A member of the Sikh Students Association ties a turban on sports management freshman Anish Malpani in honor of Sikh Awareness Week. The association will host Bhangra Night tonight at the Union. Media Credit: Andrea Lai

    Gurpreet Singh, a UT graduate and a medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, agreed that people unfamiliar with Sikhism sometimes mistake Sikhs for Muslims. Gurpreet Singh said one of his family members, Balbir Singh Sodhi, was murdered in Arizona four days after Sept. 11, 2001 by a man who stereotyped his turban and beard with that of an Arab.

    "They're not even required to wear one, and we are," Gurpreet Singh said.

    He added that the turban was originally used as a symbol of brotherhood, which united all the members of the Indian caste system and put them on an equal level. Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, spoke out against the prejudice and inequality that was prevalent in Asia and the Middle East in the 15th and 16th centuries.

    "It's pretty unique in that it stresses universal brotherhood," said Harjot Kaur, a biology and pre-medicine senior. "In fact, we have members of different faiths included in our Granth Sahib."

    Nicolas Watine, an economics freshman, said the association's approach was good compared to more aggressive groups on the West Mall. He said he enjoyed learning about Sikhism at the event's comfortable setting.

    "It's really engaging," Watine said. "It's a really good time."

    Inder Singh, a UT graduate, said the Sikh Students Association was more concerned with explaining the religion because Sikhs do not support aggressive conversion.

    "It's more of getting to know what we believe in and being overall accepting of all religions," he said.

    Web sites such as Sikhnet, Sikhiwiki and Sikhitube also take strides toward accurately portraying the religion using popular media.

    The association will host Bhangra Night tonight in the Texas Union Showroom from 8 p.m. to midnight for members of the UT community to learn the traditional Bhangra dance.

    -By Sean Beherec
Note: Comments do not represent the views of SikhNet. Comments containing
profanity, provocation or slandar will be removed by the moderators.

Search SikhNet News Archive

Email the News Editor Add SikhNet news to your website

Click here to support SikhNet
Become a SikhNet Supporter
Make a one time contribution or sign up as a monthly SikhNet donor.

History - Donation - Privacy - Help - Registration - Search

Copyright 2007 SikhNet
Phone: 505-753-3117 - Email SikhNet Support