A chapter from:
INDIAN PUNJABI COMMUNITY IN ITALY
hoto Reportage on the living and working conditions of the Indian Sikh Community in Brescia, north of Italy. (Milan, Italy)
Mini Punjab. It's so called Via Milano by the Indians living in Brescia.
Kulvinder Singh, 20 years in Italy, has an Internet Point in Via Milano, next to him an Indian grocery store. A few
meters further others Punjabi grocery stores, which are all in one video stores, travel agencies, clothing stores and
sellers of spirits.
In Flero, province of Brescia, there is the Singh Sabha Gurdwara, the Sikh temple in Italy with more followers. At least
3000 people go every Sunday at the Gurdwara to pray, listen to the sermon and eat for free.
Happy Singh, 31 y.o., arrived in Italy in '96 with the ghost ship, the F-174 rammed and sunk by the commander
himself with 287 people on board, 283 victims. Today Happy lives in Brescia, he has a contract as welder in a factory,
his family is in India. He is now in layoffs. Happy lives in a house, two bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, with other
seven men with whom he divides the rental costs: five hundred Euros without consumption. His uncle has an Indian
grocery store in Via Milano, he mostly sells alcohol, has a new BMW, a Mercedes and a minivan.
On Sunday at the Gurdwara, they teach Punjabi language and Sikh religion to the second-generation of Indian
migrants. A committee of 12 men of Laban caste directs the Gurdwara, a reference point for the entire Sikh
community. Kulvinder Singh has been the founder and president of it for 12 years. The current president is one of