This chapter identifies two principal forces that raise the question of the status of the Bhagat Bani in the Sikh scripture from time to time, and lead to various responses from within the larger Sikh Panth. The first one is linked with the brahminical bias against the low-caste Bhagats. The second major force is linked with the dissenting groups within the Panth who try to subvert the tradition from within and marginalize the ‘unique status of Guru Nanak’. It provides historical, doctrinal and liturgical perspective. The chapter emphasizes the importance of inter-religious dialogue in recent times.
Keywords: Bhagat Bani; Sikh scripture; Sikh Panth; brahminical bias; Guru Nanak; inter-religious dialogue
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