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Women in Sikhism





To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8, 2013), we present to you the following radio interview titled “Women in Sikhism”.

It was originally aired by BBC Radio 4’s series, “Beyond Belief”, which consists of debates exploring the place of religion and faith in today's complex world.

The host and moderator, Ernie Rea, is joined in this panel on Sikhism by three renowned scholars:

Dr Navtej Kaur Purewal, Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Manchester University, United Kingdom.

Dr Eleanor Nesbitt, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education in the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Dr Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, USA.

The fundamental message of Sikhism appears to be simple: God is one and all people are equal.

But are some more equal than others?

Even though Sikh scriptures are consistent with a feminist agenda and Sikhism has produced a revolutionary and uniquely modern theology on the role of women in society, why do some Sikh women today feel that they are second class citizens today?


Duration: 30 minutes. English.


[Courtesy: BBC. Edited for]
March 7, 2013

Conversation about this article

1: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), March 07, 2013, 11:35 AM.

Sikh females come top in academia in all surveys done in the United Kingdom.

2: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), March 07, 2013, 7:07 PM.

An excellent 30 minutes commentary that I urge all to listen. Proof that there is no dearth of spokespersons to represent us well at any world forums.

3: Jagtaran Kaur (Los Angeles, California, USA), March 07, 2013, 9:47 PM.

I found each of three persons interviewed here most well-informed and intelligent, and utterly delightful to boot. I can see now why T. Sher Singh keeps on badgering us to choose the right people to represent us in public forums. Listening to this radio program, I agree with him wholeheartedly: there's no excuse in the world for us to tolerate mediocrity. Fie on those who promote themselves, knowing they lack the necessary skills, or on those who push forward others who are clearly not fit for the job.

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