Over the past 48 hours PatkaSpotting.com has gone viral within the online Sikh community. With people expressing strong sentiment both for and against the site, we decided to ask our readers to share their thoughts as well — boy did it get people riled up!
Here are some comments we want to highlight with a few thoughts:
I think grown men should wear turbans. that said, i think putting people’s photos online in order to shame them is really creepy and horrible and reminds me of what happened to Balpreet Kaur bhenjee. and i hope i never offend someone in a way that makes them want to put my photo on their website without my permission!
This sister hit the nail on head! Ah yes, cyber bullying — as social media allows just anyone to become an opinion leader overnight, the lines of privacy, respect and old school bullying appear to be blurring more and more. As a community, we are ultra sensitive to cyber bullying especially after the cases with Balpreet Kaur and Gurpreet Sarin — both of whom were mocked on social media because of the way they look. I agree. As a community, we need to be progressive and stand together. We need to help each other and support each other. It is important that we work together and unify through love and respect. This site, however, weakens the community by directing people’s energy away from topics that actually matter such as Sikh Awareness.
Patka is not only for children, but also sports wear and casual home headcover for some. The “Big Dhari = No Patka” picture is ridiculous. He’s at his home, how do you know he doesn’t wear a turban in public. I, for one, also wear the same patka underneath the turban. But when I come home and take the pagg off I sometimes keep the patka to not expose my hair to my roomies. What’s wrong with keeping it inside your home ?
True! I know many Singhs who wear patkas around the house after work, school, etc. because they wear it under their pugh, but I also know many Singhs who feel a patka is very juvenile and resort to wearing a keski. With that said, do what you want! Quite frankly I don’t know the pictured Singh, so I a rather not assume where he is or when he wears a patka. The reason this comment stuck me is because of the mention of patkas being worn during sports. Yes, patkas are the perfect default sports wear. They are tight and keep your kesh in place. However, when I think of renowned Sikh athletes, the first person to come to mind is Fauja Singh who I have always seen photographed wearing a full pugh while running marathons. While I agree that patkas are great for sports, I think it is wise for us to realize that patkas aren’t the only available option. Even a keski is good for sports — just look at NCAA basketball player, Darsh Singh!
At least they keep their hair. We should show more solidarity with one another instead of ridiculing each other. This is tasteless. While I agree grown men shouldn’t wear patkas, this isn’t the route to go. How would a non Sikh view this or a young Sikh boy?
I decided to take the liberty to show this site to my 10-year-old brother who immediately responded: But I wear a patka! So, yes, I can understand the confusion this site would cause within the minds of young Sikh boys. However, to default to the statement (that has come up in many comments): “At least they keep their hair,” gets me thinking. Are people really doing society a favor by keeping their kesh? I would hope people keep their kesh because they believe in the principle of what kesh represents — not out of obligation to parents, family, and society at large. If someone keeps their kesh, they really aren’t doing me any favor. I don’t feel obligated to thank them for doing so. Your commitment to the Guru is between you and Guru Sahib, not you and me, you and her or you and him. Get real people. If someone keeps their kesh for others and not themselves, well that right there is an issue in itself.
While we agree with the issue PatkaSpotting.com is trying to highlight, we don’t support the way in which it is trying to address it. We believe the site is counter productive and not progressive by any means. With that said, we also don’t agree with some of the arguments surrounding the site — rather than getting personal, we need to be constructive and think big-picture.
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