Australian Magazine Ridicules the Sikh Community

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—A pornographic magazine titled “The Picture” which is published from Sydney, Australia, has insulted the Sikh community by printing a photo of a Nihang Singh and making derogatory comments about his turban.  The magazine published an article in its January 30 publication titled “Turban Legend”.  On the front page the magazine, a Nihung Singh is pictured along with other nude and pornographic pictures.

In the main article, the Nihang Singh is referred to as “crocodile”, which is actually the meaning of the word “Nihang” in Persian.  However, along with this, the author has ridiculed the Singh’s turban as “useless” and used other derogatory terms.

The author states that while many people find it difficult to wear ties with suits, Nihangs wear 300 meters and 3.5 kg turbans. The author tries to demote the turban’s importance by stating that it could result in in neck and back pain

The matter has been brought to the attention of the SGPC by Sikhs in Australia.  SGPC has been requested to take up the matter legally against the publishers for insulting the Sikh Community by using cheap and foul words when referring to Sikhs.  Team of the United Sikhs in New York has also taken up the matter with Australian Human Rights.


  1. Off course it is an outrage for porno magazine to feature Nihang Sikh.

    But I see the problem coming even to main stream magazines and media outlets. Let us ask ourselves, what is the point of wearing a 300 meter turban?? Are we not opening ourselves to butt of jokes by displaying such completely weird images. The turban is a crown of Sikhs but wearing such outfits on your head is going to bring only scorn.


    the author needs to be given some literature about the Sikh community. being a literary he might be able to understand the importance of the turban once he reads that literature.

  3. All Sikhs would benefit from paying less attention to this type of nonsense. There are more important things to worry about in life.

    ਨਿੰਦਉ ਨਿੰਦਉ ਮੋ ਕਉ ਲੋਗ੝ ਨਿੰਦਉ ॥ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਜਨ ਕਉ ਖਰੀ ਪਿਆਰੀ ॥ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਬਾਪ੝ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਮਹਤਾਰੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
    Slander me, slander me – go ahead, people, slander me.
    Slander is pleasing to the Lord’s humble servant.
    Slander is my father, slander is my mother. ॥1॥Pause॥

    (SGGS p339)


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