Sikhs in Multicultural Societies

Darshan S. Tatla

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This paper evaluates the Sikh experience in multicultural societies, both in India and within the Sikh diaspora in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. In India there are interesting contrasts between the colonial and post-colonial regimes, with the latter’s policies being overtly assimilationist. In the developed liberal democracies, on the other hand, there are some important differences and similarities relating primarily to different state traditions of dealing with minorities and the common concerns of Sikhs with issues of religious identity. Recent history suggests that in these liberal societies the fortunes of the Sikh diaspora are likely to continue to be influenced by “homeland” concerns rather than primarily by host country issues.

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S. Tatla, Darshan. Sikhs in Multicultural Societies. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2003, vol. 5, no.2, pp. 177-192. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574.

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