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Reflections, opinions and creative expression

Read in-depth interpretations, opinion pieces and creative writing delving into Sikh thought and world matters. Our articles feature writings from the SikhRI team and guest contributors.

Monday
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12
September
2022

From Pothi to Guru Granth Sahib

Guru Arjan Sahib gifted the eventual Guru Granth Sahib to humanity. Why did the Guru envision it? How did the Guru compile it? What did the Guru curate?

Guru Arjan Sahib gifted the eventual Guru Granth Sahib to humanity. Why did the Guru envision it? How did the Guru compile it? What did the Guru curate?

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Thursday
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1
September
2022

Sabad Structure in the Guru Granth Sahib

While reading the Guru Granth Sahib, we come across various Sabad structures and forms. Some small and others long. Some have two stanzas, others three, four, or more. What do these different stanzas tell us about a Sabad or its structure?

While reading the Guru Granth Sahib, we come across various Sabad structures and forms. Some small and others long. Some have two stanzas, others three, four, or more. What do these different stanzas tell us about a Sabad or its structure?

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Monday
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15
August
2022

The Partition Of Panjab: My Family Story

The Guinness Book of World Records states: “On 15 August 1947, the partition of British India triggered the largest ever mass migration, uprooting over 18 million people.” The land of the five rivers, Panjab, became divided into two parts: West Panjab went to Pakistan, and East Panjab became a part of India. This is one story of the 18+ million people separated from their roots. 

The Guinness Book of World Records states: “On 15 August 1947, the partition of British India triggered the largest ever mass migration, uprooting over 18 million people.”

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Sunday
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31
July
2022

At Fifty, The Foot Falters

Personal reflections on wrestling with being ‘in the world’ but ‘not of the world’ while the why, what, and how ‘of the world’ keeps creeping in. 

Personal reflections on wrestling with being ‘in the world’ but ‘not of the world’ while the why, what, and how ‘of the world’ keeps creeping in.

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Friday
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20
May
2022

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

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Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718-1783) was one of the most outstanding leaders Sikhs have had. As a leader, he prepared the Sikh community to take control of its own destiny in the most troubled times and write a chapter on its own in the annals of history. His leadership helped the Sikh community through multiple genocidal campaigns and turned out sovereigns in Panjab, a North-Western region in South Asia.

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718-1783) was one of the most outstanding leaders Sikhs have had. As a leader, he prepared the Sikh community to take control of its own destiny in the most troubled times and write a chapter on its own in the annals of history.

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Monday
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21
March
2022

Paigham-i-Goya: An Expression of Love

A new translation and brief essay on the fifty-second ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.‍

A new translation and brief essay on the fifty-second ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

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Friday
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11
March
2022

1947: The Sikhs & The Panjab

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Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) is pleased to announce the upcoming conference on the 1947 Partition on 1 October 2022. We invite submissions from scholars, writers, leaders, activists, creatives, and those who want to consider the intricate dynamics of nationalism pertaining to the Sikhs and the Panjab during the 1947 Partition.

Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) is pleased to announce the upcoming conference on the 1947 Partition on 1 October 2022. We invite submissions from scholars, writers, leaders, activists, creatives, and those who want to consider the intricate dynamics of nationalism pertaining to the Sikhs and the Panjab during the 1947 Partition.

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Tuesday
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8
March
2022

Beadbi: Locating Irreverence amongst the Sikhs

In recent news and current events, “beadbi” has come to the forefront as a topic of discussion. But do we as Sikhs collectively understand what beadbi is, how it has been dealt with historically, and how to look at beadbi instances which have been in the news from a Sikh perspective? Is it merely disrespect of the Guru Granth Sahib?

In recent news and current events, “beadbi” has come to the forefront as a topic of discussion. But do we as Sikhs collectively understand what beadbi is, how it has been dealt with historically, and how to look at beadbi instances which have been in the news from a Sikh perspective? Is it merely disrespect of the Guru Granth Sahib?

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Tuesday
,
15
February
2022

The Indomitable Spirit of Banda Singh Bahadar

This article explores intimate connections that can be drawn from the history and legacy of Banda Singh Bahadar. Learning from the prominent Sikh scholar Dr. Ganda Singh’s work, this article will delve into the meaningful resonances between today’s faith and yesterday’s history as it permeates the psyches of Sikh consciousness.

This article explores intimate connections that can be drawn from the history and legacy of Banda Singh Bahadar. Learning from the prominent Sikh scholar Dr. Ganda Singh’s work, this article will delve into the meaningful resonances between today’s faith and yesterday’s history as it permeates the psyches of Sikh consciousness.

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