3
Apr

NewsLaundry: Views of what is going on in Panjab

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

A few days back Abhinandan Sekhri invited me to talk on NL Hafta about what is going on in Panjab. We discuss that in the first of two hours. English. However, the interview is behind paywall.

Please listen here …

3
Apr

Scroll: Why Sikhs abroad are pro-Khalistan

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

Though I have traveled fairly well abroad, I am not an expert on the Diaspora. Even lesser on Sikh Diaspora because my travels were official, private, fellowship, never to interact with and understand the Diaspora.

However, when media contacts, given spaces are so shrunk – active ongoing censorship – I feel it becomes imperative to speak. Most of what I understand is how it would be if you look at people, traumas, questions of justice and am informed from books, social media, and interactions with members of the Diaspora.

A few days back, Nachiket Deuskar from Scroll spoke to experts and me on how the Sikh Diaspora thinks of issues in Panjab and about Indian government and Khalistan.

Note: there are issues I mentioned that the article did not capture: effect of racism on brown folks in the white world; post 9/11 antipathy towards Sikhs (called towel heads, shootings); black lists back home. Front blocked, back blocked, where would people go? Arbitrary response of Indian government. For example, Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, first deported and then awarded.

Please read here …

Dear Friends,

Immediately after the Ajnala incident, Vaishna Roy, Editor Frontline, comissioned me a story on Panjab present and past. Since the term Khalistan is bandied so often, I took the opportunity to flesh out the word a little bit. I also sought to explain that Panjab’s crises, is because the state – Central and State governments, all parties Akali Dal-BJP, Congress and now AAP – have failed in healing Panjab’s wounds, in delivering justice and development.

Magazine cycles are longer. After I submitted the story, Lawrence Bishnoi gave his interviews from prison, the police have launched a hunt for Amritpal Singh. I updated the story a bit but one can literally not keep pace with Panjab.

Anyway, here it is. I have requested Frontline to keep it out of paywall. Thank you to the edior, the magazine for both commissioning the story and making it accessible.

Please see here …

Dear Friends,

Two days back, Pheroze Vincent from The Telegraph spoke to me about what is going on in Panjab. It is increasingly clear the whole action is designed to create anxiety and instill fear in society.

Please read here…

22
Mar

PANJAB: The Hindu Lit for Life 2023

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

This year The Hindu invited me to their annual Lit for Life for a dicussion on Panjab: In a Fractured Land. The panelists were Ambassador and writer Navtej Singh Sarna, bureaucrat Ramesh Inder Singh, and the moderator was Deputy Editor The Week Mandira Nayyar.

The video of recording is embedded in the link. Please see here …

 

22
Mar

Clip of the ANI Interview

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Here is a short 3 minute clip from the around 10-12 minute interview.

Please see here …

 

22
Mar

In The Print through ANI on Ajnala Issue

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

I was in Chennai to attend The Hindu Lit for Life and ANI contacted me for an interview. I was a bit sceptical because I did not know how a Tamizh origin interviewer would cue into my thoughts. But it went well. Sadly, the interview was recorded but then transcribed and there are some errors in the piece.

The Print managed to clean it up a bit. Please see transcript here …

Please see ANI transcript here …

22
Mar

In Deccan Herald on Ajnala Issue

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Similarly Deccan Herald, Bangalore sought my views.

Please see story here…

22
Mar

In Indian Express on Ajnala Issue

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

End of February, when Amritpal Singh and his group raided the  Ajnala Police Station, Resident Editor, Indian Express, Chandigarh, Manraj Grewal Sharma spoke to me about the turn of events and Panjab.

Please see story here…

Dear friends,

Thank you Alaham Anil Kumar and Arundhati, it was lovely meeting Ravish Kumar and gift him a copy of my book.

The response overwhelmed me. As a person, as a writer, we make certain choices in life. Mine was to keep my nose to the ground, keep dealing with the world through my self, use writing to understand what I think/feel and share a bit of my writing with the world. Many of you have liked me, loved me, for my writing. Thank you!

Yesterday, for the first time, a social media influencer, but most importantly, a simple, earnest person who has consistently appealed to our commonsense over the years, chose to highlight my book – PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines.

While my own post on Facebook garnered much love from you, on Instagram the likes kept piling up by the minute. So much that at one point I had to put my head in the quilt and stop my heart from exploding.

I was telling Ravish Kumar, I know what to write, I learn how to write, but I do not know marketing. Ravish Kumar said: ‘many people want to read, they just do not know what to read.’

I am hoping he is correct.

800+ likes on Facebook, 65K+ likes on Instagram, is a huge blessing. Can I please hope for a 3-5% conversion of these numbers into sales?

PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines is available from Penguin at Rs 599. A discount is on at Amazon.

The Panjabi translation PANJAB Jinha Rahan Di Main Saar Na Jaana is avaiable from Singh Brothers at Rs 750. A discount is at Amazon.

Get your copy.