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Incidental Power (a reflection on “Sikh 100” by Harwinder Singh Mander)

November 16, 2013 | By

Few days back the Sikh Directory UK released a list of 100 ‘powerful’ Sikhs. Harwinder Singh Mander, a frequent blogger with Naujawani.Com has discussed various aspects of the list, and its release, in his recent blog write-up titled “Incidental Power”.

“A list of the 100 most powerful Sikhs was published over the weekend by the UK-based Sikh Directory. The list has mostly gone unnoticed, but was met with both scepticism and intrigue in equal measures by community activists and members of the Sikh/Punjabi press. The Times of India deemed it as “the world’s first comprehensive ranking of the most powerful, influential and contemporary Sikhs” whilst Sikh Siyasat reported a Dal Khalsa spokesperson saying it sounded “like a joke”. In contrast a Facebook friend was a lot less civil in their summarising! The shoddy wording is annoying (does contemporary mean they have to be living, or that they have a Facebook page?) and i’m even more frustrated that there seems to be no hint of how the list was compiled, but regardless the list has provided an excellent opportunity to think about who or what we might class as powerful Sikhs, and whether those featured on this occasion come anywhere close to reflecting that” writes Harwinder Singh.

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