We are aware of the racist attacks on Sikhs around the World. In one such incident, a British citizen tried to remove the turban of Ravneet Singh, South Asia Manager of EcoSikh who was waiting in a queue to meet the Sikh Member Parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi on Feb 21, 2018. Ravneet was not only attacked but also abused. The attacker shouted ‘ Muslim Go Back’. Later, MP Dhesi condemned the racial attack. Also, the speaker of the House Of Commons had sent a written apology to Ludhiana based Ravneet Singh. The incident which took place about a month ago had caused disturbance among the Sikh community in the UK. Taking the major move towards anti-racism, the British Parliament decided to celebrate March 27 as Turban Awareness Day, in order to sensitize British citizens towards Sikhs and their culture. Member of Sikh Council UK, Balwinder Kaur Saundh said,
This is a very good initiative by the UK Parliament to raise profile of the Sikh turbaned man, to educate the ignorant that Sikh turban is not a Taliban related turban.It was notified that all the MPs will wear turban during the celebration. Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was also present at the celebration. A dozen UK MPs tied turbans in the Parliament which included some women MPs as well. [caption id="attachment_32692" align="alignnone" width="530"] Source[/caption] One of the MP’s at the celebration said,
The turban signifies a crown, it’s not only the crown, it signifies equality. What the Guru’s gave us is a casteless society. And not only that, a society where everybody is equal. So where the men could not wear the turban the women could too.Turban Day created a buzz on Social Media as well. An event was created on Facebook for the same. Similarly, Twitterati retweeted the proceedings of the event to generate awareness.