14 October 2008

Defending Jagdish Tytler?

Yesterday I received a most remarkable comment on an old blog post, More On Mr. Jagdish Tytler. I will share it with you here and ask for your feedback, please.

Puneet has left a new comment on your post "More On Mr. Jagdish Tytler":

I don't know if anyone realizes this but Jagdish Tytler is really a Sikh. His mother was Dayal Kaur and father was a Kapoor.
His father had died when he was a baby and Tytler helped rear him, hence the name. Jagdish has gone to Gurudwaras his whole life and as an ode to his mother he got married in a Gurudwara by a Granthi. He would never dream of harming a Sikh because he loved his mother dearly.
Things got so twisted in 1984 and it was a case of mistaken identity. People made up stories out of rumors. He is a Sikh by blood.

I responded thus:

This is a most remarkable and controversial comment, so much so that I am going to write it up in a separate post, which I hope to get up later today. Here, I will only say that the only people who are "Sikh by blood" are our shaheeds. While one can be blessed to be born into a Sikh family, no one is born a Sikh; that is a choice, a decision. Being a Sikh is not genetic.

So...what do others say about Jagdish Tytler? From my research, whatever his mother may have been, he is no more a Sikh than was his master, Indira Gandhi. I still wish to see him dangling at the end of a rope.

After we dispose of these criminals, I'll be a good little Sikh and oppose the death penalty. No, maybe I won't. I'll be against it except for crimes against humanity. I will have to allow that one exception.


  1. Cool - I can be a Sikh too. One to throw under the belt

  2. Darcey, dear Darcey Ji,

    You a Sikh? I don't think so. You do provide a great deal of entertainment in my life, though, so I'll let that pass.

    I must admit that I don't know what "one to throw under the belt" means, so I cannot answer that.Surely you're not accusing me of anything dastardly.

  3. I think you summed it up in... "he is no more a Sikh than was his master, Indira Gandhi." Couldn't agree more...

    on a lighter note thought I'd say Lakh Lakh Vadhaaeia to you Bhenji...it's been 300 years since Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj was given Gurgaddhi...Vaheguroo has blessed us with Bani, let's not waste it!

  4. Shanu Kaur Ji - I'm surprised this post has provoked so little comment. I thought the comment was outrageous. I did get a couple od e-mails about it, however.

    Yes indeed Sri Guru Granth Sahib is a treasure beyond price. Not only is it beautiful and true, but what a privilege to be able to go and discuss anything and actually get an answer.

    Darcey ji - I have changed my mind, I have a deep longing to see you turbaned with a full beard japping naam, doing sewa, you'd be surprised...



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