Fulbright Scholars Discuss Sikhism and Partition
A two-day-long international seminar on `History of Sikhism-Nationalism and Partition’ today commenced at Khalsa College for Women (KCW) in which Fulbright scholars from Metropolitan State University, Denver, USA, participated and discussed vital issues relating origin of Sikhism and division of India and Pakistan.
A team of 15 academicians from US, headed by Dr. Andrew Muldoon, Professor of History, James Aubrey, Professor of English and Dr. Akbarali Thobhani, Executive Director, Office of International Studies, spoke and asked questions about the various aspects of history. The seminar was inaugurated by Khalsa College Charitable Society honourary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina who said the Sikh history is unique.
``The history of Sikhs need a lot of intensive research as it is youngest religion of the world. The history is full of upheavels and need focused study to unravel various truths”, said he. He introduced the Sikhs as fearless, courageous, brave and martial race. The key note address was by Prof. Dr. Prithipal Singh Kapur, a historian and Former Pro Vice Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar who highlighted about the basic tenants of Sikh philosophy and about the practical approach of Sikh religion, which teaches to maintain a balance between the worldly and spiritual life to achieve salvation.
While tracing the history of origin of Sikhism, he briefed the audience about the life and philosophy of ten Sikh gurus. He also informed about Guru Hargobind Singh Ji's, the sixth Guru of Sikhs, was the first Sikh Guru who wore two sword of Miri & Piri, upholding the central concept of Sikh religion to live both worldly and spiritual life. He answered the queries of the foreign academicians. At the end, vote of thanks was presented by Principal Dr. Manpreet Kaur who emphasized that Prof. Kapoor has given comprehensive understanding of Sikhism: a way of life.