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NSO supports BBC Religion & Ethics with forthcoming documentary ‘The Story of the Turban.’

October 27th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Press Releases

London, (11th of April 2012): The Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) Lord Singh has advised the BBC’s department of Religion & Ethics for a series of documentaries, including a forthcoming one ‘The Story of the Turban’ which is to be aired on Thursday the 12th of April 23:20 on BBC One.

Following on from the September the 11th terror attacks, Sikhs across the world have increasingly faced the negative rebound of Islamism. The Sikh turban and beard often being mistaken with images broadcast of known Islamist terrorists. The backlash has included verbal threats, physical attacks and in the U.S culminating with the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Mesa Gas station owner from Arizona. Sikhs in Britain have also been physically assaulted in a number of cases of ‘mistaken identity.’
The documentary traces the history of the turban in the Sikh tradition, from its roots in Moghul India, through to the battlefields of Europe and the fight for British Sikhs to wear outward symbols of their faith. The documentary reveals the turban as a crucial symbol of Sikhism and delves into the many sacrifices given to preserve Sikh identity.

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