What does it mean to grow up as Sikh in India today? How do young people navigate their way between the force of modernity and the weight of tradition? Do they feel torn between religion and the pull of a globalised world? This May, the small town of Cheema Mandi in Punjab found itself at the heart of a large controversy. Angry protests broke out after a local Sikh school, the Akal Academy, insisted that all students would have to wear turbans to class.