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Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar became the first guardsman in 180 years to parade outside Buckingham Palace wearing a turban

Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar

Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar

Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar became the first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham Palace wearing a turban instead of the bearskin.

A Sikh soldier yesterday became the first Guardsman for 180 years to parade at Buckingham Palace wearing a turban instead of the bearskin.

Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar, from West Bromwich, who is in F Company Scots Guards, said it was, “The best thing in my life”.

The 25-year-old said: “Conducting public duties while being a practising Sikh and wearing my turban is a great honour for me.

“I am very proud to be a member of the Household Division and to be the first Sikh Guardsman to mount guard in a turban will be the best thing in my life, especially as a member of the Scots Guards.

“The regiment is full of history, as is my religion.”

Guardsman Bhullar has just joined F Company Scots Guards – what is known as an “incremental company” of soldiers responsible for delivering ceremonial duties in London.

As a 5 K Sikh – someone who adheres to all five symbols that mark Sikh identify – he will also be distinguishable from his fellow soldiers on parade by his beard.

Sikhs in the Household Division have guarded the Queen many times before, but have always worn the bearskin.

Sikh Chaplain to the Armed Forces Mandeep Kaur welcomed the move.

“Sikhs have served Britain in World War One and Two with their turbans intact, confirming their commitment towards righteousness and serving others and living their identity till their last breath.

“I applaud the British Army for being appreciative and respectful towards diversity.”

 

28TH ANNUAL SIKH FREEDOM AND REMEMBRANCE RALLY

28TH ANNUAL SIKH FREEDOM AND REMEMBRANCE RALLY
SUNDAY JUNE 10th 2012
AT HYDE PARK CENTRAL LONDON 11AM
MARCH COMMENCES AT 1PM TOWARDS TRAFALGAR SQUARE
28TH ANNUAL SIKH FREEDOM AND REMEMBRANCE RALLY

28TH ANNUAL SIKH FREEDOM AND REMEMBRANCE RALLY

Some FAQs:
Question: What is the purpose of this rally and march?
Answer: To remember our Shaheeds, to march for the freedom of the Sikh nation and to support our Sikh freedom fighters who are sitting in jails.
Question: Is a protest march and rally the most effective way of doing things?
Answer: This is one of many ways to protest and inform Sikhs and non-Sikhs of the on going injustices and crimes been and being committed against the Sikh nation in India. What can be better way
Question: What is the benefit of Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations spending thousands of money bringing the UK Sangat all together on 10th June?
Answer: It is only because of the annual protest march and rally that the Indian authorities have not gone further in the torture and mistreatment of Sikhs in India. If Sikhs did not protest, the authorities would step up their acts of terrorism against Sikhs because they would think no one is watching them. The slogans of Sikhs in UK have had such an effect on India that the Indian government has requested the UK government to ban Sikhs from protesting against India in UK. The annual protest creates spirit and passion within Sikhs, in particular the youth, to become Sikhs and remember that the crimes against humanity committed against the Sikhs is an unresolved and on going issue.
DRESS CODE:
Orange Dastaars, rumaals and Dupattas. Everyone is requested to wear a Dastaar, irrespective if you have Kesh or not, male or female, as a mark of solidarity to the Sikh nation and a visual statement to India and the world that Sikhi will flourish irrespective and never die no matter how many holocausts and genocides they go through.