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    Twitter Erupts As Netflix Web Series is Accused of Insulting the Sikh Religion

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): An increasing number of people on social media are joining an online debate over a scene in a popular web series “Sacred Games”, which some people are finding objectionable and disrespectful of the tenets of Sikh religion.

    Sikhs wear Kada, or a steel wristlet as a sign of faith as mentioned in their religions’ tenets.

    The debate, which is creating a social media furore, was triggered on Tuesday after Manjinder Singh Sirsa, top leader of Sikhs Gurudwara management body in Delhi and a local lawmaker, accused Sacred Games’ director Anurag Kashyap and media service provider Netflix of hurting Sikh sentiments.

    The web series has a sequence where the Sikh protagonist played by actor Saif Ali Khan takes off his Kada (steel wristlet) in anger and throws it away into the sea.

    Netizens seemed divided over whether this act could be seen as an insult to the Sikh community or not.

    Singh has also urged the country’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar to look into the matter.

    Sirsa’s Tweets soon drew the attention of netizens, and a large segment of Twitterati backed his statements. Some netizens were furious at makers of the web series for insulting the Sikh religion as they argued that Kadas are sacred to Sikhs and they would never take them off in any situation.

    However, others didn’t agree that Sikhs were insulted by the web series. A section of users believed the sequence of Saif chucking out his Kada was part of the storyline and hoped Sirsa should watch the whole web series to understand its context.

    Worn by every Sikh, Kadas were instituted in the religion by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. They are part of the five external objects of faith which define a Sikh.
    Sacred Games had recently launched its second season on Netflix. Directed by Bollywood filmmaker Kashyap, the first season of the web series was immensely popular in the country and hailed by the critics and masses alike.

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