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Ooh-Aah2 Birmingham play closed by mob (174* d) RE: Birmingham play closed by mob 28 Dec 04

I think CarolC is partly correct when she identifies this problem as a clash within cultures rather than a clash between cultures - ie, in this case, liberal, progressive Sikhs such as the young woman playwright v. conservative, 'sweep our problems under the carpet' Sikhs. The battle of secular v religious values is a universal tale.

However when one considers that the engine of liberal secular values is in the west, thanks to the struggles of courageous people such as this young woman Sikh, this does become a genuine clash between cultures - as is shown clearly by the simple fact that this play was produced in Britain and not in the Punjab. Some westerners are stuck in the past - as we see from the disgraceful actions of some churches supporting the protesters - many Sikhs like the playwright and her supporters are looking to the future. However there is a clash of cultures here. The ideal situation will be when Sikhs reconcile their religious identity with complete freedom of expression, a solution that will piss off racists and religious bigots alike. Sat Sri Akal!

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