French Prez to arrive in India on March 9
The Tribune 2nd March 2018
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that the party will be grateful to Premier Narinder Modi if he takes up the case of the Sikh headgear, the turban with the French President.
The Sikh’s in World War I and II have given their lives to liberate France from German occupation and they lie buried in war cemeteries in France and Europe.
The turban is the traditional headgear of the Sikh’s and is worn in all South Asia, including Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Burma, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
If France is a secular country and the turban is considered to be a religious symbol of the Sikh’s then we may say that the French President and all his legislators and bureaucrats wear the neck tie, which signifies the crucifixion of Christ. Therefore the neck tie is also a religious symbol.
Premier Modi is buying fighter jets, submarines, uranium and nuclear technology from France; therefore it should not be difficult for the Premier to do a quid pro quo with the French President.
The Sikh’s during the period of the Lahore Darbar (Sikh Empire in 1799 to 1849) had diplomatic relations with France and signed a joint treaty with Emperor Louis Philippe.
Our party will welcome President Emmanuel Macron on his visit here as the Sikh’s established diplomatic relations with France. The French General Alliard rendered great service to the Lahore Darbar in training the Khalsa army on modern European methods of warfare and the Khalsa army as a result became a fearful force in artillery and infantry. The present Durand Line, border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is approximately drawn on the territories conquered by the Lahore Darbar.
Simranjit Singh Mann (email@example.com)