Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia represented India at the International PEN Conference in Moscow in 1973. Seeing his turban and beard some delegates, informally, asked him about his religion. Dr. Ahluwalia could reply whatever he knew about Sikhism but he himself was not satisfied and resolved to study, in depth, doctrinal aspects of Sikhism. So, metaphorically, he says that he came to Sri Amritsar (Sikh Philosophy) via Moscow. The result was his seminal book - hailed as a classic - The Sovereignty of the Sikh Doctrine. The Times of India in a leading article described it as representing “a new level of critical excellence” deserving “close attention of all those concerned with the intellectual developments in India.” Angela Dietrich of University of Heidelberg, West Germany, hailed this book as “The most significant contribution to date to the sociology of Sikhism”.
The University of California, Berkeley Centre, invited him for a series of lectures on Sikhism in 2000. He was deputed as one of the two observers from Punjab, to participate in the Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the UN headquarters in 2000.
Dr. Ahluwalia has been hailed as pioneer, qua a poet, of the experi-mentalist- modernist movement.