IANS News Service
| by Vishnu Makhijani

In connection with the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth, India’s largest independent news service quoted Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh about celebrations. On OutlookIndia.com the IANS story relates Singh’s observation that Sikhs and non-Sikhs are increasingly coming together to celebrate Guru Nanak, the first Sikh.

Such celebrations, including when Colby’s valedictorian recited Guru Nanak’s hymn at a baccalaureate service, are moments of “collective effervescence”and are enormously meaningful, she said. In a quote from her book The First Sikh: The Life and Legacy of Guru Nanak, Singh says “the feeling here is not a simple tolerance of people of other faiths, or adding aspects from different faiths into a syncretic blend; to the contrary, it is real respect for and rejoicing in the difference and distinctive richness of our shared humanity.”

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