kirpan kirpan


  • (n) a ceremonial four-inch curved dagger that Sikh men and women are obliged to wear at all times


  • 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).



  1. "I think that what we're witnessing - it's my opinion, and the court will decide - is a deep bias against the kirpan, which has never died in Quebec," said lawyer Julius Grey, who also represented a Sikh youth in a 2001 case that eventually...
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: Julius Grey Source:

  2. Between 1985 and 1989, he toppled so many state governments as the Union home minister that Rajiv told him in jest, "Buta Singhji, ab aap kirpan andar rakhiye (Buta Singhji, now please sheath your kirpan)".
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: Rajiv Gandhi Source: Calcutta Telegraph

  3. "Religious tolerance is a very important value of Canadian society," Justice Louise Charron wrote in the judgement. "If some students consider it unfair that Gurbaj Singh may wear his kirpan to school, it is incumbent on the schools to...
    on Mar 3, 2006 By: Louise Charron Source: BBC News

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