Don’t generalize religious values
RE: Singh takes aim at sacred cows (July 28)
I take issue with the title of this article, particularly with the word ‘cows’. The concept of cows being sacred is a particular belief that is held by people who ascribe to the Hindu religion which is different than the values held by people of the Sikh faith to which Jagmeet Singh belongs.
By injudiciously classing Jagmeet Singh based on his ethnic background, the headline writer has assumed all Indian people regardless of culture, ethnic background and religion adhere to the same values and beliefs (such as valuing cows) without acknowledging the diversity of the Indian population.
Numerous cultures and religions exist among the South Asian population including Hinduism, Sikhism, Muslim, Buddhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity just to name a few of the most familiar cultures and religions. Journalists should recognize that there is ‘diversity within diversity’ and that because one person happens to be of a South Asian background, it does not necessarily mean that they should be unfairly stereotyped or that they should subscribe to the same values and beliefs of everyone that comes from their ethnic background. Elakya Balachandran, Hamilton