But still if you are in the Bay area and have some amount of interest in Gurbani, you will love this meetup group: Fun with Gurbani
Oh ya, we also have some amazing langar here too :).
What legal steps can we take to stop this kind of ridiculous behavior by goons in the guise of public protectors? ideas anyone?
The problem is not just removing the young man's pride by snatching his dastar (turban), it more so about the high handedness of the system.
The other shameful thing is that whenever these issues come up people make it a hindu vs sikh issue.
The real issue is that the people in power will never let the common mane stand up for the truth with pride.
The police should never, be allowed to:
- Disrespect a persons belief, unless that particular belief is causing harm to others.
- Act differently with rich & poor
- Have different rules of conduct for particular communities
Lastly they should be limited to use of physical force only in conditions that should be well defined and intended to protect the public, not make the men in khakhi the goons of this new age.
Sometimes I feel really sad question if India is really an independent country?
Just a passing observation.
When I was growing up in India, I saw two kind of Vegetarians.
1. Religious veggie: Those who did not consume meat because their religious leader told them so or interpreted their holy teachings as such.
2. Spiritual veggie: Those who wanted to live a more aware life and hence felt the cruelty towards animals can be avoided, since they can live easily on a vegetarian diet.
In both of these cases, they abandoned intoxicants (alcohol in particular) too. The religious people did so, because the leader told them. The spiritual ones did it because they valued their senses and losing control over them was not desirable.
I recently came across a third category of vegetarians: Those who feel either feel empathetic towards animals or have some other global warming theories that convince them to become vegetarian. They dont seem to have any problem in losing control of their senses with intoxicants. I call them the Rational veggies. (Though the intoxication part seems a little irrational to me.)
(Yes i have completely ignored the mom-scared vegetarians who are not so vegi. once they are out of their mom's sight. :) Actually I fall into another minor subset - roommate veggi "One who is vegetarian for the fear of roommates! JK.)
Coming soon a post on 'Vegan Superpowers' :)-