Turban Issue in Holland

As the coalition agreement of the Cabinet, "Freedom and responsibility," says, The equality of all people is c...

Sardar Bhupinder Singh Holland in a newsletter to Guruka Singh ji, states:

Sardar Guru Ka Singh Ji,
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa ! Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh!!

My letter of 22 may 2011 regarding the Turban Issue in Europe has been well answered by Our hon'ble Prime Minister of Holland Mr. Mark Rutte. Prime Minister has stated in his letter of 30 march 2011 that Sikhs and other religions are well protected by law in the Netherlands.

Enclosed files is the original letter of Minister President with translation in English.

Please highlight this position of the Dutch Sikhs in the Netherlands at www.sikhnet.com.

We have no problem because of our Turban at the Airports of Holland and at public offices and other places.

This will encourage other governments to follow.

Bhupinder Singh Holland


Minister of General Affairs
Address PO Box 20001 2500 EA Den Haag

Mr. Bhupinder Singh Holland
Oosterhoutstraat 24

Our Reference 3589692

Date March 30, 2011

Subject Response to your e-mail dated February 22, 2011

Dear Mr Bhupinder Singh Holland

I have received your letter in good order. You have drawn my attention to focus on the position of the Sikhs in Europe, you respond to alleged discrimination against wearing of the turban. For your consideration I have carefully considered and I would like to respond to your letter as follows.

As the coalition agreement of the Cabinet, "Freedom and responsibility," says, The equality of all people is central to the government and people are not judged by their origins. The government include all citizens of our country in similar circumstances and are treated equally. As is clear from Article 6, first paragraph, of the Constitution, everyone in the Netherlands have the right of religion or belief, either individually or in community with others, to profess freely, without prejudice to his responsibility under the law. This constitutionally enshrined freedom of religion encompasses all religions and beliefs.

Thank you for the effort you've made your views known.


THE PRIME MINISTER Minister of General Affairs,

Signed /

Mark Rutte

Minister President Mark Rutte's letter over the Turban (53K)


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