Punjab Research Group

W. H. McLeod

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on July 22, 2009
Photo courtesy of Amarjit Chandan

Photo courtesy of Amarjit Chandan

 

It is with great sadness that we learnt that after a long illness Hew McLeod passed away on Monday 20 July. He was one of the most eminent scholars of Sikhism in the world and though for some he was controversial, no one can deny his phenomenal contribution to Sikh and Punjab Studies. May he finally rest in peace.

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  1. Dr. Visho Sharma said, on July 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    As the last president of the international Research Committee on the Punjab (RCOP) — a victim of civil and state terror that struck Indian Punjab — I want to acknowledge Professor W. Hew McLeod. His passing is the passing of a ratna (jewel) in the court of Punjab studies. There was so much he had contributed, giving our calling a heft that it previously lacked in academia; there was so much more that was still on stream. But, above all, for those that had the privilege of knowing Dr. McLeod, his absence from our midst will be sorely felt.

  2. Akhtar Sandhu said, on July 27, 2009 at 6:40 am

    It is a sad news that Professor W. Hew McLeod is no more among us. Few weeks ago, he told me that cancer had paralysed his life. We shared some time about the Sikh history. If I review his CV which he sent me few months back for Sibt-ul-Hasan Zaigham, his capabilities and work confirm his eternal status in the world. He will be remembered as a good researcher. He was disputed in Sikh circles but every creative writer has to meet such criticism and opposition. Although critique may have solid base, but it is hardluck that creativity cannot be absorbed by the religious circles. Religion draws a boundary and the followers are bound to follow it. When wrieters write on others’ religion, it creates problems. Therefore, it is very important to be careful while writing on the other religions. Professor W. Hew McLeod conducted such project which was resented by the Sikh community. Anyway, if he has some defficiency at his part, definitely he has a great contribution to the Sikhism and its history. SO we express sad feelings on his death. Akhtar Sandhu


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