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Vestment Of Faith

Once forgotten as anachronical oddity, the dastar is reclaimed

Vestment Of Faith
Jitender Gupta
Vestment Of Faith
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“If for Sikhi you have pyaar, And you are saabat soorat sardar, (and are a Sardar with unshorn hair), Then be ready with your dastar (turban), An opportunity for you pehli waar (first time).”

Whoever would have thought that there’ll come a day in Punjab when young Sikh men would need turban-tying academies to learn how to tie a decent turban. That Taranjit Singh, a finance consultant in Jalandhar, would have to visit a commercial turban-tying centre in his neighbourhood each morning before he goes to office. Or that 19-year-old Maninderjit Singh, who cut his hair a few years ago to please a former flame, would require a dastar-tying camp at the village gurudwara to learn how to tie a turban on his shaved locks—to please the present one.

It’s a somnolent summer afternoon at Boolpur village, some 20 km away from Kapurthala. A throng of boys of different ages collects at the gurudwara to participate in a dastar camp organised by Kapurthala’s Dastar Academy. Run...

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