National Affairs: Kes? Yes!

Kes? Yes! As one of the few Sikhs ever born in Boston, 22-year-old Walter Israel NeHalsingh speaks English with a Back Bay accent and has dropped many of his warrior caste's ancient ways. Walter's India-born father is a Harvard man, and Walter is a graduate of Tufts. It seemed only logical to cease wearing kachh (pants cut off at the knee), kara (iron bangles on the wrist) and a kirpan (a small dagger). But Walter has always observed two of the five "Ks" dictated by his religion: he wears kes (unshorn hair) and carries a khanga (a ceremonial comb).

When he was...

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