6 thoughts on “Jasvir Singh, Chair of the City Sikhs Network, Co-chair of Faiths Forum 4 London

  1. Jasvir complains about a Sikh epic (Suraj Prakash) being dismissed by “western white historians” because it’s “littered with untruths”. It’d be bad if their criticism were based on an unwillingness to accept another culture but, given most religions’ struggles with accurate reporting, it’s fair to hang a question mark over religious claims until they can be shown to coincide with reality.
    So, is it possible Jasvir’s complaint is about his religion being held to the same standards as proper history? I wonder…
    …according to wikipedia(1), the text is “profusely poetic” and, according to Sikh convert MacAuliffe(2), is “of doubtful trustworthiness”…
    …and, more damningly, according to sikhiwiki(3), the author’s “imagination was largely stimulated by copious draughts of bhang and other intoxicants” and so his statements “cannot often be accepted as even an approach to history”.
    Well, fancy that.

    (1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suraj_Prakash
    (2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Arthur_Macauliffe
    (3) https://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Suraj_Parkash

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  2. Dear Rev Dr Peter, I submitted a comment earlier but it’s not appeared here. I can resubmit if needed. Please let me know. Ta, DD

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      1. Many thanks & understood. I’m exhausted after all that copying & pasting so I won’t be doing that again! 🙂

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  3. Thanks Dave for doing that research so that the rest of us don’t have to. But I rather expected that the truth would be close to your conclusions as soon as Jasvir Singh’s statement was out of his mouth.

    Other than that, this was a veritable cliché-fest, one following another like London buses. Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve ever heard Jasvir say anything about his Faiths Forum activities. Or anyone else, come to that. From its website it appears to be a worthy but dull collection of faithheads talking to each other.

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