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By Sukhraj Singh

A series of interview-based episodes with academics, authors, historians, activists and journalists on their topics of expertise with respect to Sikh and Panjabi history; hosted by Sukhraj Singh.
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Panjab: Journeys Through The Fault Lines with Amandeep Sandhu
Panjab: Journeys Through The Fault Lines with Amandeep Sandhu
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 57th 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 Amandeep Sandhu, who is a Panjabi journalist and the author of the book, “Panjab: Journeys through the fault lines”, where, on a journey to understand Panjab, he looks at the past and present of Punjab, including the backdrop of the Green revolution, State of Emergency, Panjab insurgency and the present. We discuss his inspiration for writing the book as well as exploring chapter by chapter each of the themes that the book includes, namley Satt, Berukhi, Rosh, Rog, Astha, Mardangi, Dawa, Paani, Zameen, Karza, Jaat, Patit, Bardr, Sikhya, Lashaan and Janamdin.
01:10:58
December 13, 2022
Music in Colonial Punjab with Professor Radha Kapuria
Music in Colonial Punjab with Professor Radha Kapuria
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 56th 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 Radha Kapuria, who is an Assistant Professor in South Asian History at the University of Durham. Her current research analyses the impact of the 1947 Partition on musicians’ lives India and Pakistan, with her interests centring around South Asian social, cultural and gender history; migration, displacement and borderlands, and conflict, decolonisation and culture. Today we will be discussing her book, Music in Colonial Punjab: Courtesans, Bards, and Connoisseurs, which examines music’s social history for the entire Punjab region. The book is based on her PhD at King's College London, which was shortlisted for the Royal Asiatic Society’s 2019 Bayly Prize. NB: correction at 28:59 mins: “Flora Annie Wilson” ought to have been “Flora Annie Steele” 
01:20:16
December 09, 2022
Sikhi and Jainism with Professor Nirinjan Kaur
Sikhi and Jainism with Professor Nirinjan Kaur
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 54th 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 Nirinjan Kaur, who is a professor of theological studies at the Loyola Marymount University. Her work examines both historic and modern Sikh devotional music with particular attention paid to the mystical and embodied realms of performative practice as well as the ideological debates and identity politics surrounding its pedagogy and history. Professor Khalsa also has a focus on the music and poetics of devotion in the Jain and Sikh as well as on the aspect of spiritual warriors in both traditions, which is the topic that we will be discussing today. We begin by exploring an introduction to the understanding of theology, the commonality and differences between the two philosophies and also the geographical and historical links.
01:42:02
November 07, 2022
Life and Work of Guru Arjan with Professor Pashaura Singh
Life and Work of Guru Arjan with Professor Pashaura Singh
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 53rd 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 Pashaura Singh, who is a professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is a leading scholar in Sikh studies where his research interests and expertise include the Adi Granth, Gurmukhi script and Sikh history. Today we will be discussing his book, namely the Life and Work of Guru Arjan, and exploring this biography in detail. We talk about Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s childhood, his philosophy, his Guruship, engagement with Mughal rule and his legacy, to name but a few.
01:14:34
August 22, 2022
Lost in History: 1984 Reconstructed with Dr. Gunisha Kaur
Lost in History: 1984 Reconstructed with Dr. Gunisha Kaur
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the 52nd 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 Dr. Gunisha Kaur, who is an anaesthesiologist specializing in human rights. Her research interests focus on displaced populations such as migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. She is also the author of the book, 1984: Lost in History which will be discussed today. The book documents the events of 1984, before, during and after with respect to the human rights violations in India, the subsequent trauma and the campaign for justice which continues to this day.
57:49
August 22, 2022
Communism in Punjab and The Ghadar Party in Russia with Professor Ali Raza
Communism in Punjab and The Ghadar Party in Russia with Professor Ali Raza
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the 51st 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 Ali Raza, who is a historian specializing in the history of modern South Asia from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. His research and teaching interests include the social and intellectual history of South Asia, comparative colonialisms, decolonization, and post-colonial theory. Today we will be discussing his work on the communist internationalism in Colonial India, in particular the establishment of the Ghadar Party, their role with the Communist Party as well as their connection with Moscow. We also take a close look at the Kirti Kisan Party in Punjab and the evolution of this movement after independence.
01:07:54
August 17, 2022
Police Torture in Punjab with Professor Ami Laws
Police Torture in Punjab with Professor Ami Laws
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 50th 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 Dr Ami Laws, who is a medical practitioner from California and an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr Laws is an internationally known expert with a specialization in the practices of abuse and torture. As such, she has interviewed and examined clients from India, countries of South and Central America and Roma from Eastern Europe. Her expertise has also been called upon by Nepali Nationals and persons from several countries in Africa And In 2002, She wrote an article for the President and Fellows of Harvard College on Health and Human Rights titled “Police Torture in Punjab, India: An extended survey.” Today we will be discussing this article and the study and fieldwork she conducted in Punjab which led to the findings of her report. It should be noted that this episode includes details of torture and an exploration of some specific case studies that outline the methods and the subsequent psychiatric harm that followed.
38:37
July 26, 2022
The History of Migrant Incarceration in USA with Professor Jessica Ordaz
The History of Migrant Incarceration in USA with Professor Jessica Ordaz
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the 49th 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 Jessica Ordaz, who is a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of the book, The Shadow of El Centro: A History of Migrant Incarceration and Solidarity, which fascinated me to host this conversation for two reasons. First, Akaal Security, a Sikh private security company, administered this detention facility in El Centro for a long time and it came to my attention a couple of years ago when the ICE stories were going viral. Secondly, in 2019, a six-year-old girl from Punjab, Gurpreet Kaur, died of a heat stroke in the Arizona desert on the US-Mexico border after her mother went in search of water during a border crossing. This episode is dedicated to Gurpreet Kaur and her family.
44:31
July 22, 2022
Sikhi & Yoga with Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal
Sikhi & Yoga with Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the 48th 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 Balbinder Singh Bhogal, who is a professor of Religious Studies and the holder of the Chair in Sikh Studies at Hofstra University. His research interests include decolonization, modernity, philosophy, yoga and Sikh studies, to name but a few. Today we will be exploring the discussion on Sikhi and Yoga, in particular the Indic understanding of Yoga, its convergence to modernity and its relationship to Sikhi from a critical perspective. We take a close look at Sikhi during the bhakti movement, Guru Nanak’s relationship with his son Siri Chand and close the discussion with an understanding of how to understand and interpret Kundalini Yoga. This podcast was based on a chapter written by Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal, titled "Sikhi(sm): Yoga and Meditation" from the Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies. It can be accessed via the following link: https://www.academia.edu/43977089/Sikhi_sm_Yoga_and_Meditation
01:17:48
June 07, 2022
On Nehru, High Modernism and Chandigarh with Professor Taylor Sherman
On Nehru, High Modernism and Chandigarh with Professor Taylor Sherman
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the 47th 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 Taylor Sherman, who is a professor of history at the London School of Economics where her research concerns the cultural and political history of South Asia between the 1930s and the 1970s. We discuss today the politics of Nehru and his defining role in the formation of the Indian State with particular reference to high modernism and the establishment of Chandigarh, which is an element of her forthcoming book, titled, Nehru’s India: A history in Seven Myths.
44:43
May 27, 2022
Persianate Age of India with Professor Richard Eaton
Persianate Age of India with Professor Richard Eaton
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from Sikh Archive and welcome to the 46th 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 Richard Eaton, who is a professor of history at the University of Arizona where his primary interest is the social and cultural history of pre-modern India. He has most recently published the book “India in the Persianate Age” which explores the long-term interaction between the Persianate and Sanskritic worlds, between the Iranian Plateau and South Asia. And today we discuss that book and pay close attention to the role of Punjab which is situated in the centre of these two worlds. We consider how important Persian culture was and what role it played in Sikh and Punjabi history given how dominant it was and what philosophies and traditions were bestowed onto the landscape as a result.
01:10:33
April 26, 2022
Marxism in Punjab with Professor Pritam Singh
Marxism in Punjab with Professor Pritam Singh
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 45th 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 Pritam Singh who is a scholar and professor of Economics at Oxford Brookes University where his main areas of teaching interest and expertise are development economics, environmental economics, comparative economic systems and competing economic paradigms. Today we discuss the origins of Marxism in Punjab, its relationship with Sikhi and the evolution of Marxism throughout the 20th century with particular reference to the interwar period, communalism, the independence movement, post-partition, Nehruvian politics and secularism, the Suba Lehar, the Khalistan movement and beyond.
01:09:58
April 16, 2022
Religious Rebels in the Punjab with Professor Mark Juergensmeyer
Religious Rebels in the Punjab with Professor Mark Juergensmeyer
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 44th 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 Mark Juergensmeyer, who is a professor of global studies, sociology and also religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a plethora of literature relating to the study of South Asian religion and politics, and the one that is being discussed today is called, Religious Rebels in the Punjab, which is about the Ad Dharam movement in the early 20th century which subsequently led to the formation of the Ravidassia community. His scholarly work related to the Ad Dharam movement and Ravidassia religious formation is certainly unique since his fieldwork includes being in contact with many of the key members including Mangu Ram. Thus, I could think of no better person to have a conversation with about the religious reform movement concerning the scheduled castes which ran parallel to the Singh Sabha Lehar, Arya Samaj and others.
51:08
April 16, 2022
Paghri Sambhal Lehar to Samyukt Kisan Morcha with Professor Ronki Ram
Paghri Sambhal Lehar to Samyukt Kisan Morcha with Professor Ronki Ram
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 43rd 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 Ronki Ram, who is a professor and leading scholar on the study of Casteism in Punjab. He is a professor at the Panjab University in Chandigarh and has now also more recently been appointed as a visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. Today, we will be discussing his latest book, Pagrhi Sambhal Lehar to Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which outlines the history of the Kisaan struggle in Punjab from 1907 to 2021. The book is structured in two parts: the struggle both before and after the great Partition and was released to contextualize the current farmer's protest historically.
54:18
April 16, 2022
Australian Indian History with Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan
Australian Indian History with Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 42nd 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 Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan who are both from the Australian Indian Historical Society. They have devoted decades of their time into researching the history of Indian migration to Australia and the contribution made in the early days of settlement. They have also authored the book, “Sikh History in Australia”. We discuss today what inspired them to enter this field of study, how their research methods have evolved over time, what their findings were and what more can be done. In addition to that, we also pay close attention to the Sikh and Punjabi migration to Australia.
43:42
February 07, 2022
Influence of the British Raj on the Attire and Textiles of Punjab with Jasvinder Kaur
Influence of the British Raj on the Attire and Textiles of Punjab with Jasvinder Kaur
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 41st 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 Jasvinder Kaur, who studied textiles at Delhi’s Lady Irwin College in 1969 and has since been continuously engaged with the subject. She has included consultancy assignments at the Musée d’art et d’histoire and Musée d’ethnographie, in Geneva, Switzerland, and has been lecturing as visiting faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. She is also the author of the most recent book - 'Influences of the British Raj on the Attire and Textiles of Punjab', which explores how the British Raj brought lasting changes in the way people dressed and used textiles in Punjab. In today’s conversation, we talk about this book on how many men became Westernized and followed English fashions to the hilt and also how Women’s styles were impacted to a lesser degree among other interesting talking points.
47:53
January 08, 2022
Delhi Fateh Diwas with Dr. Kanika Singh
Delhi Fateh Diwas with Dr. Kanika Singh
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 40th 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 Kanika Singh, who is a historian with a research focus on museums and heritage in contemporary India, with a particular interest in Sikh museums. Her PhD was on the representation of heritage in Sikh museums with a case study of the museum at Sis Ganj Gurdwara in Delhi. In today’s conversation, we discuss her article, “Commemorating Baghel Singh’s ‘Conquest’ of Delhi: The Fateh Diwas", where we explore the significance of Baghel Singh, the interpretation of his historical visit to Delhi, how it is depicted in art and a critical examination of how it is commemorated today.
33:52
January 04, 2022
Who was Jahangir? with Parvati Sharma
Who was Jahangir? with Parvati Sharma
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 39th 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 Parvati Sharma, who is a journalist and the author of the historical biography book, “Jahangir: An Intimate Portrait of a Great Mughal”. And in today’s discussion, we explore both the book and the life of Jahangir, with a particular focus on his upbringing, his role in power and his relationship to his father, Akbar, whom we had spoken about before in a previous episode.
54:01
December 28, 2021
The History of Monsanto and The Green Revolution with Professor Bartow Elmore
The History of Monsanto and The Green Revolution with Professor Bartow Elmore
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh from SikhArchive and welcome to the 38th 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 Bartow Elmore, who is an award-winning professor and writer who investigates the impact of big business on our environment. He teaches as an associate professor of environmental history and is a core faculty member of the Sustainability Institute at the Ohio State University. We discuss his latest book, Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future, which explores the history of Monsanto, how they influence our food system, their role in the industry of agro-chemicals, as well as genetically engineered seeds. Monsanto has had a huge impact on Punjab such as the debt crisis farmers are facing, the cotton industry and the alarmingly high rates fertilizer use, to name but a few.
01:04:38
December 24, 2021
Punjab and Palestine - A Tale of Two Tragedies with Salman Siddiqi
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.
54:34
November 08, 2021
The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire with Professor Renisa Mawani
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.
49:38
October 27, 2021
Gendered Citizenship and Sikh Women in India with Professor Natasha Behl
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.
49:32
October 22, 2021
Who was Dr. Ambedkar? with Professor Valerian Rodrigues
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.
01:46:40
October 13, 2021
Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab with Professor Farina Mir
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.
01:06:11
October 07, 2021
On Bhai Maharaj Singh and Kharak Singh with Professor Anand Yang
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.
57:24
September 28, 2021
History of the Body in British Colonial Punjab with Nikita Azad
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.
57:06
September 17, 2021
My Dalit Experiences with Balbir Madhopuri
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.
01:12:16
September 12, 2021
Debating the Dasam Granth with Professor Robin Rinehart
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.
44:50
September 09, 2021
The Trolley Times with Jasdeep Singh
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.
55:32
July 23, 2021
The Green Revolution in Punjab with Dr. Divya Sharma
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.
01:16:32
July 09, 2021
Allahu Akbar - Understanding The Great Mughal in Today's India with Manimugdha Sharma
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.
01:13:58
June 25, 2021
The Cherished Five with Professor Louis Fenech
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.
01:14:25
June 11, 2021
On Malerkotla with Professor Anna Bigelow
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.
55:25
May 28, 2021
Sufism in Punjab with Professor Yogesh Snehi
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.
01:28:17
May 14, 2021
The Case of Surjit Singh Chhokar with Aamer Anwar
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.
51:09
April 30, 2021
Neoliberalism in Punjab with Dr. Shreya Sinha
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.
56:26
March 10, 2021
On Caste, Sikhi & Ambedkar with Dr. Suraj Yengde
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.
57:21
March 03, 2021
Masculinity and Sexuality in Northern India with Professor Joseph Alter
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.
50:41
February 28, 2021
The Feminine Sikh Principle with Professor Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
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”.
51:20
February 24, 2021
Podcards From The Colonies with Sahiba Kaur Chadha
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.
40:02
February 20, 2021
Sikhi & Buddhism with Professor Balbinder Singh Bhogal
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
01:46:25
January 30, 2021
The Sikh Heritage with Dr Dalvir Singh Pannu
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.
43:29
January 22, 2021
Echoes of Mutiny with Professor Seema Sohi
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.
53:18
January 17, 2021
Faithful Fighters with Professor Kate Imy
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.
56:36
January 11, 2021
Interrogating Gender in Sikh Tradition and Practice with Professor Satwinder Kaur Bains
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.
48:29
January 05, 2021
Sikhs of Finland with Dr Laura Hirvi
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.
37:19
December 29, 2020
Militant and Migrant with Professor Radhika Chopra
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.
58:45
November 28, 2020
The Other Sikhs with Professor Himadri Banerjee
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.
43:04
November 27, 2020
Casteism in Punjab with Professor Ronki Ram
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.
56:52
November 17, 2020
Sikhs of Iran with Asha Sawhney
Sikhs of Iran with Asha Sawhney
Hi my name is Sukhraj Singh and welcome to the seventh podcast episode by SikhArchive in our Sikh history series, where today we are joined by PhD researcher Asha Sawhney, to discuss the Sikhs of Iran with respect to the religious association between Iran and Sikhi as well as the current day community that migrated there throughout the 20th century.
42:25
November 07, 2020
Sacrificing Sikhs with Phil Miller
Sacrificing Sikhs with Phil Miller
Hi, I’m Sukhraj Singh and welcome to the sixth history podcast by SikhArchive, today we are joined by the journalist and activist Phil Miller from the organization called Declassified UK, to discuss his monumental work of 2014 which exposed the British involvement and collaboration with the Indian State in 1984 regarding Operation Bluestar and the State violence that subsequently followed.
44:09
November 02, 2020
Who was Makhan Singh? with Zarina Patel
Who was Makhan Singh? with Zarina Patel
Hi my name is Sukhraj Singh and welcome to the fifth podcast episode by SikhArchive in our Sikh history series, where today we are joined by the author and activist Zarina Patel from Kenya, to discuss her book, “Unquiet”, which explores the life and times of Makhan Singh, who was the great trade unionist and anticolonial revolutionary in Kenya.
48:48
October 23, 2020
A Revolutionary History of Interwar India with Professor Kama Maclean
A Revolutionary History of Interwar India with Professor Kama Maclean
In this episode, we are joined by Professor Kama Maclean, who is a professor of South Asian History and the author of the book, “A Revolutionary History of Interwar India: Violence, Image and Text, which we will be discussing today.
45:55
October 15, 2020
The Sikhs and Tamils with Visvajit Sriramrajan
The Sikhs and Tamils with Visvajit Sriramrajan
An episode on the shared history and philosophy of the Sikhs and Tamils from the time of Guru Nanak to the resistance against the Indian state from both communities in the 1980s.
54:39
October 10, 2020
Punjabi Mexicans with Professor Karen Leonard
Punjabi Mexicans with Professor Karen Leonard
In this episode, we are joined by Professor Karen Leonard. She is a historian and anthropologist at the University of California. With a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (1969) on the history of India Mexican Americans, South Asian Americans, and Muslim Americans. This episode is about her book, Making Ethnic Choices, which was published in 1992 and is a thorough study about the Punjabi Mexican community, it’s formation and a fantastic oral history expose on the early Sikh pioneers of California.
49:45
October 05, 2020
Delhi's Widow Colony with Dr Kamal Arora
Delhi's Widow Colony with Dr Kamal Arora
In this week's episode, our guest is Dr. Kamal Arora, an anthropologist whose research area explores the religious practices of Sikh women and in particular our focus today is on the Sikh women of New Delhi’s Widow Colony. In our conversation, we discuss her most recent article titled “I get peace:” Gender and Religious life in a Delhi Gurdwara. We also talk about her field work in Delhi, what it means to be a widow in North India and the role of the Shaheedganj Gurdwara among many other important talking points.
01:06:07
September 24, 2020