Dr. Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry (educationist, author, and poet) teaches at the Centre for English Studies at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. She received her Ph.D. in English from the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.
Her work is immersed in comparative studies and translations from Panjabi into English. Her research interests lie around the literature of margins, social movements, and studies of violence and trauma. Her recent work has been on violence studies engaging with discourses on women and violence and the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage in Delhi. She is the author of Texting the Scripture: Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the Visionary Poetics of Patrick White and the Forbidden Button and Other Poems.
She has translated Panjabi poems of a Pakistani poet into English, Dream Poems: Bushra Ezaj’s Selected Poems in Translation. She is an editor of Black November: Writings on Anti-Sikh Massacres of 1984 and the Aftermath; editor of PatrickWhite: Critical Issues; co-editor of Violence, Subversion, and Recovery: Women Writers from the Sub-continent and Around and a compiler of Seeking Nanak: Commemorating the 551st Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji. In her free time she writes poetry and enjoys taking long walks in her solitude. Dr. Ishmeet Kaur resides with her family in India.
With Guru Tegbahadar Sahib’s ideology and martyrdom, an entirely new set of discourse appears at the forefront of the Sikh philosophical thought that needs to be read as a turning point in the history of the Indian subcontinent altogether. Open assertion of human rights and a call for justice as depicted through a practical example of Guru’s martyrdom became influential for the entire human race and not just for citizens of Hindustan alone. In this light, the presentation focuses on the circumstances that led to Guru Sahib’s martyrdom, significance, and impact. This will be substantiated with four distinct saloks (couplets) revered by Guru Sahib that stand out in the Indian poetic tradition of those times.