Rosa Park Trailblazer award Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian-American Entrepreneur Gurinder Singh Khalsa has been honoured with Rosa Park Trailblazer award for his campaign to persuade US authorities to change policy towards Sikh headgear.
Fight for Justice and Faith
Gurinder Singh Khalsa was not allowed to board an aeroplane in 2007 due to his refusal to remove the turban. Determined to stand up for his faith and fight for justice, Gurinder Singh Khalsa took the issue all the way to the US Congress, compelling Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to change its headgear policy towards the Sikh community. As a result, Sikhs can now wear their turban through airport security in the US.
There precise origin of Turban is unknown but there are references to Turban dating back almost 4,000 years from Mesopotamia and ancient India.
Turban is a type of headgear based on cloth winding and wearing turbans is most common among the Sikh Community.
Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last human guru of the faith initiated Khalsa and asked the members of Khalsa to maintain five articles of faith, referred to as the five Ks. The Turban (kesh: Uncut hair in Turban) is a part of five K.