Sikh air travellers permitted to carry kirpans

Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi,
November 23, 2006

Sikh passengers travelling by air are allowed to carry a kirpan provided the blade does not exceed six inches and the total length of it is no more than nine inches, the union cabinet decided on Thursday.

The decision was based on a recommendation from the National Commission of Minorities (NCM), Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters after the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Kirpan is a ceremonial weapon every Sikh is mandated to carry according to the religion's tenets.

The cabinet also decided to ask the state and central police forces to ensure adequate representation of minorities. The decision was also in line with an NCM recommendation.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which also met, approved initial public offerings (IPOs) of three state-run energy corporations—Powergrid Corporation of India, Power Finance Corporation of India and Rural Electrification Corporation of India.

The three organisations will increase their equity by 24 per cent, 10 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.

The CCEA also approved a Rs 5.52 billion (Rs 552 crore) revival package for Nagaland Pulp and Paper Company, the only public sector unit in the northeastern state.

It approved a proposal of the road transport ministry to build 603 kilometres of national highways in the northeast under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme.

These roads will be built in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagalan and Sikkim. The proposal was earlier approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security.

The CCEA also approved a proposal of the US hotel major Hilton to invest in a joint venture with DLF Infrastructure. Hilton will be bringing foreign equity of 26 per cent amounting to Rs 6.43 billion (Rs 643 crores).



Sounds too good to be true!


TeraRoop said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

I'm a bit confused.. does this apply everywhere? Or only in India?


Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Anonymous said...

domestic flights within india at the moment. lets hope this is the beginning of a revolution.

although realistically the americans would rather ban all sikhs than allow them to travel with kirpans at this point in time.

time will tell.

Anonymous said...

just another bone thrown at sikhs to keep them quiet. they do this once in a while like Manmohan sio's PM position. the master always throws his slaves a bone here and there, but never gives him the meat.

if one sees an air india flight to north india, majority of passengers are sikhs. many western airlines are not letting sikhs wear kirpaans in flights, so it doesn't take a super genius economist like manmohan sio to figure out the financial benefit to indian airliners.

many manmohan sio supporters will take this to be another moral victory when in reality India has shown us it's morality.

singhu said...


I have heard we can apply for a license to carry Kirpan also?. ie, Baba Ranjit Singh Ji. Any body any clue about this?.