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(10-06-2019 10:14 PM)WalterBlack Wrote:  Sikh peer accuses BBC of 'prejudice' as he quits Radio 4 show after 35 years
Quote:A prominent British Sikh has quit his role with the BBC after 35 years in protest after the public broadcaster said some of his talks "might offend Muslims".

Lord Singh of Wimbledon will no longer deliver Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4.

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Known by listeners as Indarjit Singh, the journalist has been accused the corporation of "prejudice and intolerance", according to The Times.

His comments came after the BBC tried to stop Lord Singh from broadcasting an item commemorating an executed Sikh guru "because it might offend Muslims".

The Sikh guru cited had opposed the forced conversion of Hindus to Islam under the Mughal emperors of India in the 17th century.

However, the script, which was broadcast in November last year, had contained no criticism of Islam.

Lord Singh told The Times: "It was like saying to a Christian that he or she should not talk about Easter for fear of giving offence to the Jews."


The BBC is understood to have allowed Lord Singh to read the script only after he threatened to leave the Radio 4 slot rather than have his religion's teachings "insulted in this way".

The 87-year-old crossbench peer subsequently filed a complaint about the way he had been treated, claiming it was not the first time he had been prevented by the BBC from addressing subjects important to the Sikh faith.

The complaint was ultimate rejected after BBC director of radio James Purnell ordered a review.

Thought for the Day has been part of Radio 4's Today programme since 1970.

The decision by Lord Singh to quit follows a row over comments made by BBC breakfast host Naga Munchetty about US president Donald Trump that prompted the corporation to initially partially uphold a complaint against its own presenter.

Lord Singh said: "The need for sensitivity in talking about religious. political or social issues has now been taken to absurd proportions with telephone insistence on trival textual changes right up to going into the studio, making it difficult to say anything worthwhile.

"The aim of Thought for the Day has changed from giving an ethical input to social and political issues to the recital of religious platitudes and the avoidance of controversy with success measured by the absence of complaints.

"I believe Guru Nanak [the founder of Sikhism] and Jesus Christ, who boldy raised social concerns while stressing tolerance and respect, would not be allowed near Thought for the Day today."


A celebrated interfaith activist, Lord Singh went on to accuse the BBC of "a misplaced sense of political correctness".

He claimed in 2011 he had told told to scrap plans to talk about the birthday of Guru Nanak and instead discuss the "forthcoming marriage of Prince William with Kate".

"I reluctantly agreed to do so, to the upset of many Sikh listeners," he said.

BBC director general Lord Hall of Birkenhead said in a statement he had every confidence in the slot and that Lord Singh might seek a solution using "the BBC's complaints process".

That is probably a lie told by the Sikh guy. Most likely the BBC stopped airing it because what he was airing made no sense. Seriously, airing something about some obscure guru from a faith that has no history in Britain is just a waste of time. If I was a British taxpayer I would be scratching my head on why its on the television. Then he compared it to not airing something about Easter which is a laughable comparison. Christianity is a major foundation in Britain and Easter is a major event in the Christian religion. There are thousands of people who have been killed for not converting to a religion. If he felt that his religious teachings were insulted it is because he is not part of religion, but a cult. Only cult members would get so mad over something so insignificant. He is just using Islam as a scapegoat in this scenario. I don't why Sikh people have this sense of feeling that their religion is superior than Islam. Sikhism is as culty as Islam.
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(10-07-2019 11:03 AM)for.petes.sake Wrote:  That is probably a lie told by the Sikh guy. Most likely the BBC stopped airing it because what he was airing made no sense. Seriously, airing something about some obscure guru from a faith that has no history in Britain is just a waste of time. If I was a British taxpayer I would be scratching my head on why its on the television. Then he compared it to not airing something about Easter which is a laughable comparison. Christianity is a major foundation in Britain and Easter is a major event in the Christian religion. There are thousands of people who have been killed for not converting to a religion. If he felt that his religious teachings were insulted it is because he is not part of religion, but a cult. Only cult members would get so mad over something so insignificant. He is just using Islam as a scapegoat in this scenario. I don't why Sikh people have this sense of feeling that their religion is superior than Islam. Sikhism is as culty as Islam.

I have to disagree with you. Sikhism is nowhere near as cultlike as Islam - in fact most Sikh men don't even wear a turban. If a Sikh person chooses to convert to another relgion, they're not going to get killed for it.

Sikhs are also a long established community and fought in the British Army in both World Wars. They're highly respected in the UK.

The fact of the matter is that he's not allowed to say a historical fact, which is that Muslims killed Sikhs who refused to convert to Islam. The BBC are the biggest bunch of Islamic cocksuckers out there, and they won't even allow somebody to state a historical fact:

Quote:They were then brought to Sirhind in the presence of Wazir Khan, the Nawab of Sirhind.

The two sons of Guru Gobind Singh, Zorawar (9 years old) and Fateh (6 years old) were offered safe passage if they became Muslims. Both refused, and so Wazir Khan sentenced them to death. They were bricked alive.
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Looks like they're not going to vote on it today after all.

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Surprised there isn't much discussion here considering it's now six days till the election.

The polls are indicating a small Conservative majority, which is better than what we currently have. Although the new Brexit Deal is somewhat questionable (with Northern Ireland essentially being lopped off from the UK) the good news is that we would supposedly leave the EU by the end of 2020, regardless of whether a final agreement has been reached or not. No Deal would therefore still be on the table.

That said, it's slightly disappointing that the Brexit Party aren't running in historical Conservative strongholds, but at least the two parties have essentially created a brexit coalition, something which the left parties have been unable to do.

As for the other parties, it astounds me that Labour are still polling so high. I just can't see how anyone with a modicum of intelligence doesn't realise that Labour's plans would decimate the UK's economy and effectively turn the country into a Socialist state. Just take a look at some of their ideas - Seizing 10% of large firms’ equity; phasing in a four-day week, supposedly with no loss of pay; nationalising several industries etc. All of these ideas are farfetched and not grounded in reality. It would be foolish to try and implement failed 1970's policies.

As for the Liberal Democrats, or should I say Illiberal Undemocrats, their proposed economic approach is fairly reasonable - a fairly moderate increase in public spending funded by small tax increases. Yet, they're proposing to reverse Brexit unilaterally, completely going against the democratic will of 17.4 million voters. This has deservedly backfired and it's reflected in the polls.

Here's hoping to a Tory majority this time next week.
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