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The term spastic child and calling someone a 'cripple' have long been considered crude here in the USA, I do not know whether the child/later adult, that he carried on his back was the child with leprosy M.S. or M. Dis., but since this is in English a less harsh word might be better.

Was he born into a Hindu family or not, several versions are out their. Did his father marry a Kaur or did she become a Sikh later, his own story tells of his choosing to take Pahul, he does not mention being influenced by a Sikh mother.

Thanks, in advance, for any help in clearing this up. Allenwalla 19:06, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Hi, Bhai sahib ji: Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh. I believe that the child and later an adult that Bhagat ji carried on his back was Piara Singh. Piara Singh was disabled both (slightly) physically and (seriously) mentally. When an adult, Bhagat ji says "... his brain was like a child's"; so Piara Singh could not really look after himself and had to rely on Bhagat ji for support.
I agree that the words "spastic" and "cripple" are not in keeping with the modern way of speaking in the west and that we should try and re-phrase these sentences.
Bhagat ji is deemed to be born a Hindu as his father was Hindu. But as his mother was a Sikh, he visited both mandirs and Gurdwaras. His mother was a Kaur when she married. How Bhagat ji became a Sikh is covered here in some detail. I hope this helps, regards, Hari Singhtalk 21:56, 15 July 2009 (UTC)