Lions of the Punjab

Hew Macleod, who passed away last year, came to Punjab in the 1950s as a Christian missionary but ended up being a globally-reputed historian on Sikhs. Settling down in Batala, Mcleod's interest in Christianity decreased while his interest in Sikh history increased, to the extent that he became a world authority of Sikhs and Sikhism, earning a Ph D on Sikh history from the University of London.

Yoda Press, New Delhi, have brought out a new edition of his Sikhism (that was published earlier by Penguin). At the heart of Sikhism are the ten Gurus, who transferred authority from individual leaders to the scriptures and the community itself. Sikhism explores how their distinctive beliefs emerged from the Hindu background of the times, how a number of separate sects split off, and how far the ideas of sexual equality have been observed in practice.

Rukun Advani, in a review written in The Hindu some years ago said "McLeod has done more for Sikh history than anyone now alive. In fact, if there is a Father of Sikh History, it is Hew McLeod." Tony Ballantyne, in The Guardian, said ‘Hew was renowned for his openness and his readiness to answer any question and to read any manuscript. This generosity, together with his precocious embrace of email, placed him at the centre of an international scholarly community.’

In our Religion and Culture sections, 380 pages, in paperback. Rs 350. ISBN 9788190666879

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