Author: Harwinder Singh Mander

Telling the Story of Punjab

Expressing feelings about the Sikh struggle for sovereignty from distant places and temporary homes is not an easy task. It requires diligent research, temperance of emotions, and extensive contemplation, all without losing the zeal that will have instigated the drive to do so in the first place. It is with that in mind that I want to bring to your attention the Khalistan Activist Federation (KAF), a US group raising funds for a project titled ‘Punjab di Kahani’ or ‘The Story of Punjab’. There are young people in our midst trying to deal with the annihilation that Sikhs are/have...

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A nefarious comparison

The comparisons drawn by TS Sudhir between Gurmeet Ram Rahim and Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in a recent Huffington Post India article are erroneous at best, and calculated at worst. He takes great pains in his opening ambit to limit the comparisons to “the unholy culture of the politician-godmen nexus in India”. But his selective targeting of the subjects for the article exposes his unashamed blindness towards the countless religious personalities who not only seek to become politically influential at the highest State levels in South Asia, but go on to gain such positions. Three of the key themes...

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The problem with Rupi Kaur’s critic

Earlier this month, media site Buzzfeed published an article critiquing the work of Canadian author Rupi Kaur titled ‘The Problem with Rupi Kaur’s poetry’. Kaur’s meteoric rise on to bestseller lists with her work ‘milk and honey’ has been matched by her rapid and continued growth online with a social media reach of millions around the World. Of late she has faced criticism from some and I read the Buzzfeed article expecting it to be more of the same. I was however, surprised to find the critique of an altogether different nature. The article on Buzzfeed was authored by...

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The State imagination of Partition

On this seventieth anniversary of the Partition of Punjab, the States involved are falling over themselves to exploit the occasion to appease simple-minds, generate revenue, and most importantly to advance their respective narratives. In Pakistan and India, the birth of their nations seven decades ago is being celebrated as you can expect with great pomp and nationalist fervour, further cementing their flags, identities and homogeneity into the minds of their citizens (and the rest of the World). Neither say much about the violent labour that brought them into the World; both say nothing of their criminal conception arising from...

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From Partition to Southall – Narvir Singh (Narvision)

With 2017 commemorating seventy years since the Partition of Punjab and the creation of the Indian and Pakistani states, British institutions have been exploiting the anniversary to reap remuneration from the brown pound. It is in this context that the British Film Institute (BFI) has been celebrating the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films throughout the whole year in a series titled India on film. They have however also given over space for a number of free-to-visit exhibitions that would delight the casual South Asian cinematic film goer as well as provide a voice to those of us left...

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