Sunny Hundal has been interviewed on “The Sikh Religion and Feminism” where he discusses that the creed is based on equality but:
I have my own saying about Sikhs: – ‘great religion, shame about the followers’.
… all the Gurus also came from the same ‘caste’ even though the practice of putting people into castes was rejected and seen as abhorrent. None of the Gurus came from a low caste, perhaps for the same reason why there wasn’t a woman Guru.
Sex-selection, dowry payments and violence against women in Punjab is rife – and among the highest in the country. So I’d say most Sikhs have done a pretty bad job of upholding the ideals of what, at heart, is a deeply egalitarian religion.
Read the full interview here.
You may also be interested in this blog post: Sikhism – A Feminist Religion? by Shiha Kaur.
Despite all the examples of equality in Sikhism, I am in the strange position where I should be able to reconcile my feminist beliefs with my religion, but cannot always do so. Ancient cultural traditions sometimes take precedence over the principles of feminism in Sikhism.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog