Poor Corbyn. Despite being a champion of multi-cultural Britain, the Labour leader doesn’t know much about Sikhism, the 9th largest religion in the world….reports Asian Lite News
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn draws flak for tweeting a factually incorrect message to celebrate 350th Prakash Utsav or birth anniversary of the revered Guru Gobind Singh ji.
Corbyn posted a message on the 350th anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh’s birth incorrectly claiming he was the “last living Sikh Guru.” However, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the central religious scripture of Sikhism, is regarded by Sikhs as the final, sovereign and eternal living Guru .
Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th Sikh Guru. He died aged 41 in 1708.
Jeremy Corbyn’s mistake was quickly pointed out by several frustrated individuals and organisations, with some claiming they have offered the Labour Leader their help on multiple occasions.
Responding to Jeremy Corbyn’s inaccurate message on the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Conservative Sikh member Harsimrat Kaur said: “This offensive mistake by the Labour leader shows just how out of touch he is with ordinary people. It could have been easily avoided had he actually engaged with the Sikh community and learnt about why we were remembering this important day.”
The Indian community across Britain organised several events to mark the celebration. In London, the new High Commissioner YK Sinha led the ceremonies. He along with Deputy High Commissioner Mr Dinesh K. Patnaik and other senior officials joined devotees in prayers at the historic Shepherds Bush Gurdwara Sahib.
Jasvir Singh, treasurer of Vauxhall Labour and a prominent figure in the inter community relations, who drafted the message for Corbyn, apologised on Twitter.
“The error shows how ignorant our political class about our relgion,” said Jaspal Singh. ” This shows how out of touch our leaders are. They should engaged more with the communities to learn about their culture and religion. ”