Dr. Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry teaches at the Centre for English Studies at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. She was recognised as an Inspired Teacher for The President of India’s In-residence Program at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in June 2015.
She works on areas related to 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 1984 anti-Sikh carnage in Delhi.
Her most recent book is Black November: Writings on Anti-Sikh Massacres of 1984 and the Aftermath (Speaking Tiger; 2019)
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.