Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies

“It’s only when women, unconstrained by cultural or religious barriers, are given equal opportunities and access to positions of power so that their voices are heard, that we’ll be enabled to live our lives free from violence and misogyny.”


5 thoughts on “Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies

  1. Hear hear, Dr Jagbir, for those closing words. It’s always encouraging to hear a secular approach being espoused.
    BTW according to Wikipedia, 90% of Kyrgyzstan’s population are Muslims (but don’t say it out loud).


  2. If you dont want women to be constrained by religion then why are you sitting pontificating about the gurus and outlandish practices of the Sikh creed? If you’re not part of the problem you will be part of the solution but at the moment media Sikhs from Lord Singh onwards are as bad as media Muslims and media Jews all given voice in this awful God slot.


  3. I have a funny feeling that Dr Jhutti-Johal’s reference to ‘religious barriers’ means ‘the barriers put up by other religions’. After all, Sikhs are famously tolerant and inclusive: we know this because they keep telling us.


  4. The interfaith issues often brought up by the Sikh speakers throw up a particular problem for TFTD speakers in terms of our very own Greenberg Challenge, that the TFTD should be “genuinely informed by a faith perspective”.
    If the faith perspective is simply that “the rest of you would all be better off if you listened to what our faith has to say” then that is not much use to a secular listener who knows that religions have no better moral values than non-religious groups.
    It is usually the secular perspective within the TFTD that is enlightening. In respect of infanticide, in this discussed case in the sub-continent, it seems to me that the cultures that have the most female infanticide issues are within those religious communities where there is a lack of respect for the worth of women in a modern secular context. What we are seeing in Afghanistan is a fine example of that type of cultural problem. Women and girls have been given the chance to take part more equally and openly in society whilst still living in a ‘Muslim’ society, but the first thing the Taliban want to do is take that away and impose a very strict medieval interpretation of their religion at the point of a non-medieval gun.


  5. Who could disagree with Dr Jagbir’s final statement? But any half-decent humanist speaker, or indeed any thinking, non-religious person in the street could have made the same observation. That it was said on TFTD is not a justification for this 3-minute ‘god slot’ (Vid. Jason Latham).


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