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

It’s 75 years since the partition of Indian and Pakistan. An act which led to one of the largest and most tragic mass migrations in history. But they endured it because they had an Invisible Magic Friend. (Although it was because they all had a slightly different Invisible Magic Friend that partition had been demanded in the first place.)



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

  1. A hero is not defined by the way a person looks, or what religion they are, but by that character’s actions. Superheros too. I expect Superman was seen as a Christian as he came from the Mid-West, and Batman most likely a Protestant as he came from Metropolis (New York?) and had a British heritage surname (Wayne). But what mattered wasn’t their religion; it was what they did to help the society they lived in. I don’t remember in the DC and Marvel comics that I read as a kid that the characters asked the people they were saving what reigion they were, they were always secular in their actions.
    Let’s hope Ms Marvel is the same and allows young Muslims to identify with a secular hero instead of a supernatural one.


  2. These days, the term ’empire’ seems always to be associated with the European empires of the 19th and 20th centuries. But dead white European men didn’t invent the idea of empire, any more than 16th century Europeans invented slavery. In ancient times there were the Egyptian, Assyrian and Persian empires; more recently the Greek, Roman, Chinese and Mughal empires; in Africa the Benin and Ashanti empires, among many others; and across the pond the Inca, Aztec and Maya empires. I expect the subjects of those empires had the same ambivalent attitude towards their overlords as did the subjects of the British Empire. But for some reason it’s only the European empires that come in for the brickbats.

    One would expect the Faiths Forum 4 London might take a view on the aftermath of Partition. Sadly, they seem not to have a formal position on the issue. As per usual.


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