Recently some have posted “Please sign this petition to ensure that UCLA institutionalizes a recurring Sikh studies class, a necessary forum to foster discourse on a religion and people whose history and beliefs are often misunderstood and misrepresented.”
We all want education on the Sikh faith! It is very necessary that it occurs, especially in America. There are just some points that needed to be addressed when we discuss including a Sikh Studies Class in our Western Universities.
- What readings will the Syllabus include? Will it have information that is accurate and correctly portraying the Sikh ideology? Will it correctly combine Sikh theology and history (as both are needed together to understand Sikh philosophy)
- Who will the Professor of the class be? Where did he/she get a PhD? Who was the academic supervisor? Are they coming with any bias?
- Is the class being funded by anyone? What is the role of the person or people funding the class?
- Will the class correctly portray the fact that all Ten Gurus of the Sikhs had the same beliefs and practices? (ਜੋਤਿ ਓਹਾ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਸਾਇ ਸਹਿ ਕਾਇਆ ਫੇਰਿ ਪਲਟੀਐ ॥They shared the One Light and the same way; the King just changed His body.) Will it correctly maintain that the concept of Miri Piri was in fact initially and generally introduced by Guru Nanak Sahib? (
ਕੋਟੀ ਹੂ ਪੀਰ ਵਰਜਿ ਰਹਾਏ ਜਾ ਮੀਰੁ ਸੁਣਿਆ ਧਾਇਆ ॥Millions of religious leaders failed to halt the invader, when they heard of the Emperor’s invasion) and also portray that Sikhs are AGAINST the caste system?
These are all questions to ask. We would definitely all want education on Sikhs, but that information would have to be correct.