INDIA: Shaving the Lions

"Let thy hair grow long and talk Punjabi," said the young soldier to Kim, quoting a Northern proverb. "That is all that makes a Sikh. " But he did not say this very loud.

—Kim, by Rudyard Kipling

Tara Singh, white-bearded religious leader of India's 6,000,000 Sikhs, has strong views about the recent habit among young Sikhs of shaving their chins. "These spoiled youths forget," he said, "that when they are shaven they look like boiled potatoes." And then, because Tara Singh is also an active politician, he went on: "Shave the lion and see how he looks! Are we...

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