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Punjab and Palestine - A Tale of Two Tragedies with Salman Siddiqi

Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 37th episode of our Podcast series of conversations with historians, authors, academics, researchers, and activists on topics related to their areas of expertise on Sikh or Panjabi history. In this episode we are joined by Salman Siddiqi, who is a student of International Relations and Global Studies who has a great interest in the history of partitions, especially on Punjab and Palestine. He is the author of the article, “A tale of two tragedies. A historical background and comparative analysis of the Nakba and the Partition.” Today we will be discussing this article which outlines both the timeline and common themes and differences that can be found throughout these two histories that ran parallel in the 20th century. We begin by introducing the British Colonial regime which occupied both territories and end with a discussion on the current state of affairs after the independence movements.

The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire with Professor Renisa Mawani

Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 36th episode of our Podcast series of conversations with historians, authors, academics, researchers, and activists on topics related to their areas of expertise on Sikh or Panjabi history. In this episode we are joined by Professor Renisa Mawani, who is a Professor of Sociology and Founding Chair of the Law and Society Minor Program at the University of British Columbia. She works on the conjoined histories of Indigeneity, Asian migration, and settler colonialism and is the author of Across Oceans of Law: The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire. We discuss today the book, which is a transnational history of the Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamship which carried 376 Punjabi migrants from Hong Kong to Canada and to India in 1914. It focuses on the interaction between human and nonhuman, problemtatizing the middle passage by focusing on the materiality of the ship, the vitality of water, and the forces of nature.

Gendered Citizenship and Sikh Women in India with Professor Natasha Behl

In this episode we are joined by Professor Natasha Behl, who is an associate professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU). Today, we discuss her book, Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India, which analyzes Indian women's unequal experience of democracy in multiple domains, namely the state, civil society, religious community, and the home.

Who was Dr. Ambedkar? with Professor Valerian Rodrigues

In this episode we are joined by Professor Valerian Rodrigues, who is an Indian political scientist known for his influential work on Babasaheb Ambedkar, and also for his formulations of themes in Modern Indian Political Thought. We discuss the life of Dr Ambedkar from his early childhood to his education and later political life and thought. We also explore his engagement with the Indian constitution and the Sikh community of India with regards to mass conversion.

Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab with Professor Farina Mir

In this episode we are joined by Professor Farina Mir, who is a professor of colonial and post-colonial South Asian studies with a particular interest in the social, cultural, and religious history of late-colonial north India. She is also the author of the book, The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab, which is a study of the Punjabi language and its literature under colonialism (from 1849-1947), with a particular focus on Qisse, or epic stories/romances.

On Bhai Maharaj Singh and Kharak Singh with Professor Anand Yang

In this episode we are joined by Professor Anand Yang, who is a scholar of history, with fields of interest including comparative colonialism and south Asian studies. He is a professor of history at the University of Washington and author of the book, “Empire of Convicts” which we will be discussing today, and in particular the case studies of Bhai Maharaj Singh and Kharak Singh.

History of the Body in British Colonial Punjab with Nikita Azad

Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 31st episode of our Podcast series of conversations with historians, authors, academics, researchers, and activists on topics related to their areas of expertise on Sikh or Panjabi history. We discuss a host of topics surrounding early 20th century Punjab such as Caste, Gender, Health, Medicine and Race with respect to colonial history of Punjab. It is a fascinating conversation which I am excited to share because it touches on so many themes, I am interested in.

My Dalit Experiences with Balbir Madhopuri

Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the 30th episode of our Podcast series of conversations with historians, authors, academics, researchers and activists on topics related to their areas of expertise on Sikh or Panjabi history. In this episode we are joined by Balbir Madhopuri who is a prolific author and poet most well known for his auto-biography, Changiya Rukh, which is about his upbringing and life experiences as a Dalit in Punjab.

Debating the Dasam Granth with Professor Robin Rinehart

In this episode we are joined by Professor Robin Rinehart, who is a scholar of Religious studies at Lafayette University, with research interests in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Religions of Asia. She is the author of the book, “Debating the Dasam Granth” which is our main topic of discussion today where we take a closer look at Professor Rinehart's inspiration into this field and her research findings.

The Trolley Times with Jasdeep Singh

In this episode we are joined by Jasdeep Singh, who is the editor of Trolley Times, which is the official Newsletter dedicated to the farmers' protest that is reporting from the protest, and for the protest. Jasdeep Singh works as a software engineer by profession but also has a large interest and passion for the arts, in particular theatre, poetry and writing.

The Green Revolution in Punjab with Dr. Divya Sharma

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Divya Sharma, who is a lecturer in Sustainable Development and the Co-Director of the Sustainable Development masters course at the University of Sussex. We discuss the Green revolution as a regime that swept the global south, its particular manifestation in Punjab not just as a whole but also in its local regions and also towards the end a comparative analysis that can be made between Punjab and Tamil Nadu.

Allahu Akbar - Understanding The Great Mughal in Today's India with Manimugdha Sharma

In this episode we are joined by Manimugdha Sharma, who is primarily a journalist but also a historian and is the author of the book, “Allahu Akbar - Understanding the Great Mughal in Today’s India”. We talk about the current state of India and the historical context of Akbar with particular reference to religious tolerance and right wing politics.

The Cherished Five with Professor Louis Fenech

In this episode we are joined by Louis Fenech, who is a scholar of Sikh studies with previous publications including The Darbar of the Sikh Gurus and also Martyrdom in the Sikh Tradition. Today, we will be discussing his most recent book, namely The Cherished Five in Sikh History, which came out in January this year.

On Malerkotla with Professor Anna Bigelow

In this episode we are joined by Anna Bigelow, who is a professor of religious studies at Stanford University where she specialises in Islamic studies in South Asia, in particular Sufi Shrines in India and Turkey. She is also the author of “Sharing the Sacred: Practicing Pluralism in Muslim North India” which explores the significance of the small town of Malerkotla.

Sufism in Punjab with Professor Yogesh Snehi

In this episode we are joined by Yogesh Snehi, who is a Professor of History at Ambedkar University in Delhi and the author of the book, “Spatializing Popular Sufi Shrines in Punjab: Dreams, Memories and Territoriality”. We explore the origins of Sufism in Punjab, its definition and origins, its relationship to caste and its evolution throughout history with respect to significant events such as Partition and beyond.

The Case of Surjit Singh Chhokar with Aamer Anwar

In this episode we are joined by Aamer Anwar, who is an advocate of civil liberties, with a career dedicated to defending the human rights of the vulnerable, where he has instructed in some of Scotland’s highest profile cases, including the one of Surjit Singh Chhokar which we discuss today.

Neoliberalism in Punjab with Dr. Shreya Sinha

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Shreya Sinha who is a research associate at Cambridge University and her research interests lie in agrarian political economy, sociology of economic relations, regional development, neoliberalism, and India and South Asia. We discuss Neoliberalism in Punjab with respect to the agrarian economy in Punjab, in particular its historical context and some of the consequences surrounding the policies that have had an impact on Punjab ranging from debt, farmer suicides, migration and more.

On Caste, Sikhi & Ambedkar with Dr. Suraj Yengde

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Suraj Yengde, who is a public scholar and the author of the bestseller “Caste Matters” and co-editor of award winning anthology “The Radical in Ambedkar”. We discuss his personal profile where he describes his upbringing being born and brought up in Nanded, his own articulation of the caste system, his impression of Sikhi as an anti-caste philosophy as well as the role of the Khalsa and the relationship between Dr. Ambedkar and Sikhi.

Masculinity and Sexuality in Northern India with Professor Joseph Alter

In this episode we are joined by Joseph Alter, who is a Professor of anthropology and the University of Pittsburgh with interests in the relationship among religion, nationalism, health and the body in South Asia. we explore the themes of masculinity and sexuality in North India and take closer look at topics such as Brahmanism, nationalism, sport, colonialism, Caste, regional differences and gender expression and see how they are all formulated with respect to each other.

The Feminine Sikh Principle with Professor Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

In this episode we are joined by Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh who is a Professor of Religion and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Colby College. We discuss her two books, “The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent” and also “The Birth of the Khalsa - A Feminist Re-Memory of Sikh Identity”.

Podcards From The Colonies with Sahiba Kaur Chadha

In this episode we are joined by Sahiba Kaur Chadha who is an architect by profession but also runs an online blog called PodCards from the Colonies, which is a series of podcasts episodes which tell the personal stories and oral histories of people that have lived experiences or memories of British Colonialism.

Sikhi & Buddhism with Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal

In this episode we are joined by Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal, an associate professor in Religion and the holder of the Chair in Sikh Studies at Hofstra University. We will be exploring a discussion on Sikhi and Buddhism and more generally the outlook of world religions with respect to western, Indic and east Asian faith and traditions. Professor Bhogal's academic profile and publications are available on his academia.edu profile via the following link, https://hofstra.academia.edu/BalbinderSinghBhogal

The Sikh Heritage with Dr Dalvir Singh Pannu

In this episode we are joined by Dr Dalvir Singh Pannu, who is a dentist by profession but also a scholar of Sikh heritage in Pakistan. He has led a life long self-funded campaign driven by his passion to document and illustrate the Sikh heritage sites in Pakistan through the lens of architecture and sikh history.

Echoes of Mutiny with Professor Seema Sohi

In this episode we are joined by Professor Seema Sohi who is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss her book, “Echoes of Mutiny” which examines the radical anticolonial politics of South Asian intellectuals and migrant workers based in North America during the early twentieth century as well as the inter-imperial efforts of the U.S. and British states to repress them.

Faithful Fighters with Professor Kate Imy

In this episode we are joined by Professor Kate Imy from the University of North Texas, where she is a historian of war and empire teaching classes on questions of identity (race, gender, class, religion) in the twentieth-century British imperial world. We will be discussing her book, “Faithful Fighters” which explores the racial and religious inclusivity of Indians in the British Empire against the backdrop of anti-colonial activism.

Interrogating Gender in Sikh Tradition and Practice with Professor Satwinder Kaur Bains

In this episode we are joined by Satwinder Kaur Bains who is a professor at the University of Fraser Valley in Social Cultural Media Studies. We discuss today her latest article, titled “Interrogating Gender in Sikh Tradition and Practice” where we explore the meaning of Sikh feminism as well as trying to understand how ideas of representation and identity find expression in response to our understanding and practice of our faith and our institutions as well as in our everyday Sikh symbols.

Sikhs of Finland with Dr Laura Hirvi

In this episode we are joined by Dr Laura Hirvi who is from Finland and Germany and is currently the director of the Finland Institute of culture, science and business in German speaking Europe. We discuss today how and why the Sikhs migrated to Finland and how they settled and established the community in Helsinki.

Militant and Migrant with Professor Radhika Chopra

Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the tenth episode in our Podcast series of conversations with historians, authors, academics, journalists and activists on topics related to their areas of expertise on Sikh or Panjabi history. In this episode we are joined by Professor Radhika Chopra, who is the author of the book, Militant and Migrant which is the book we will be largely discussing today, but she’s also written the most recent book titled, Amritsar 1984: A City remembers.

The Other Sikhs with Professor Himadri Banerjee

In this episode we are joined by Professor Himadri Banerjee who has spent the last 40 years researching the Sikhs outside of Panjab, namely those found in the North Eastern territories of India such as Bengal, Assam and Orissa. We discuss his longstanding research area on this topic and more.

Casteism in Punjab with Professor Ronki Ram

Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the eighth episode in our Podcast series of conversations with historians, authors, academics, journalists and activists on topics related to their areas of expertise on Sikh or Panjabi history. In this episode we are joined by Professor Ronki Ram who is a leading scholar on the study of Caste with a particular focus on it in Punjab.

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