Archive for the ‘Punjab’ Category

Friends, I feel we don’t need to sensationalise drugs. Neither do we need quick fixes. Thanks to Indira Basu and others here I am looking at the protest, recent events and the sub-text of the war on drugs:

The political discourse in Panjab now eerily sounds ‘like the drug-addled talk of an addict: when sober, every abuser talks about quitting drugs, seeking help, not wanting access to drugs – and soon after, they fail.’

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Friends, Kanwar Manjit Singh pushed me yesterday to expand my Facebook post. Here is the article I wrote.

‘While in the nation the Emergency lasted less than two years, in Panjab formal Emergency lasted a total of nine years including the national Emergency period. Informal Emergency – unaccountability of the government – lasts until date.’

Tip: This is a grim piece but in it is tucked a joke. Let me see who finds it.

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Friends, over the last few days a photograph of a Sikh police man from Uttrakhand saving a man from a lynch mob has gone viral. I wrote about it on Facebook. The post was shared many times and picked by media. Putting up links below.

DailyO picked up the post, please find here …

The Quint picked up the post, please find here …

Punjab Today picked up the post, please find here … 

Friends, except for Facebook and intense talks with journalists, I did not report or speak on the Karnataka elections. Being born Sikh, it was hard for me. Until Jairaj Singh pushed me to stick out my neck.

So, here it is because I love Bengaluru and Karnataka.

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Friends, rarely one finds that a student of history going through material which remains problematic with the community yet is the best illustration of a case. Journalist Adrija Roychowdhry explored the reasons behind the Sikh stance against the movie Nanak Shah Fakir. She also quoted me.

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Friends, this is deeply personal and as public as I can get. I attempt to articulate the caverns in my mind and in my land by trying to tell Panjab’s story through the prism of rituals and mental illness.

On social media I asked the question: Can I build a book on this premise? The response was an overwhelming yes. I feel finally I am getting a grip on Panjab. Thank you Aditi Sengupta. I loved being pushed to articulate the demons that haunt me.

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Friends, here is a peek into history, into the life of perhaps pre and post partition and Independence Panjab’s tallest leader’s life – Master Tara Singh. The following review is published in The Book Review, Volume XLII, Number 3, March 2018.

Book: Master Tara Singh in Indian History : Colonialism, Nationalism and the Politics of Sikh Identity

By J S Grewal
Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2017, pp.776, Rs 2595.00

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THIS IS NOT A REVIEW.

Among the hullabaloo when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited India last month, one story missed attention. Finally when Panjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh met Canadian PM Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan they also discussed World War I history. Sajjan pointed out to the military historian CM that the Canadian regiment in which he served, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, had once fought alongside Singh’s former British Indian Army regiment against the Germans during the First World War trench-type battlefield of Ypres, Belgium.

The movie Sajjan Singh Rangroot is based on this war. Please read more here …

Yesterday, about 50,000 farmers and tribals marched into Mumbai seeking farm debt waiver. I reflected on it on Facebook and DailyO and Punjab Today chose to pick the piece as independent articles.

Please read DailyO piece here …

Please read Punjab Today piece here …

The week the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visited I watched the blown up controversy between two friendly nations with increasing dismay. The word that caused the controversy was Khalistan. Honestly, I felt cheated of my own decision in the mid 1990s to not opt for a PhD abroad and choosing to stay in India and deal with issues here. I felt now, a quarter century later, the very people I believed in had betrayed me by going silent.

This is a piece written with a weary heart. I am very thankful to Aditi Sengupta for carrying it without cuts, it gives me hope. After all one friend be one’s reason to stay, find home.

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Later Punjab Today also carried it with original headline. Please read here …