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Representing 1984 | SikhRI Videos
Representing 1984 | SikhRI Videos

Join us as we explore the recent rise of literature, art, film, and photography focusing on the anti-Sikh violence of 1984. What is the language of violence? How do we find such language for translating the unspeakable? And who speaks for those who suffer the violence? Our panelists,  Gauri Gill, Sarbpreet Singh, and The Singh Twins, will delve into questions surrounding the representation of 1984.

1984 & You | SikhRI Videos
1984 & You | SikhRI Videos

Two major events took place in India, during 1984 in quick succession within a span of 5 month. The Indian Army attacked Akal Takhat Sahib in June, and an anti-Sikh genocidal campaign was undertaken by the ruling political party with the active support of majority community masses and the State machinery in November same year. The events completely shook the already eroding faith of Sikhs from India system. Many were seen scrambling for explanations in the immediate geo-political context. And the trend continues. The current presentation takes a step back and analyses the event by placing it in the socio-political, religious and ideological context of the Sikh tradition that stretches well beyond contemporary history and shows a how this was not an isolated event. It tries to explore the links behind theo-political status of Akal Takhat Sahib and repeated aggression of the State on it, a visible pattern consistent throughout Sikh history.

1984 – Re-evaluating Justice | SikhRI Videos
1984 – Re-evaluating Justice | SikhRI Videos

Every one is talking about 1984. In this video, Harinder Singh (CEO and Co-Founder of SikhRI) is talking about Justice - Build upon what was 1984 was about in terms of justice. The presentation covers the following: Exploring justice in Sikhi, Principle in Guru Granth Sahib, Practice amidst Ghallugharas, and Relevance to 1984.

June 1984 Ghallughara  | Harinder Singh | SikhRI Articles
June 1984 Ghallughara | Harinder Singh | SikhRI Articles

The June 1984 army action on the Golden Temple complex – Sri Harimandar Sahib and Akal Takht Sahib – was a tipping point in the Sikh and Indian history 33 years ago.

1984 Ghallughara and I | SikhRI Videos
1984 Ghallughara and I | SikhRI Videos

This session took place in 2017 with Harinder Singh focusing on the "WHY" of the 1984 Ghallughara.

1984: After the Darkness | SikhRI Videos
1984: After the Darkness | SikhRI Videos

1984: After the Darkness - June-November in Personal Memory - Genocide in Collective Sikh Psyche - Confronting Injustice with Light-Love

Representing 1984 - Nov 06, 2021 | SikhRI Events
Representing 1984 - Nov 06, 2021 | SikhRI Events

What is the language of violence? How do we find language for translating the unspeakable? Who speaks for those who suffer violence?

1984: The Devoted & The Worldly | SikhRI Videos
1984: The Devoted & The Worldly | SikhRI Videos

1984 is considered the third Ghallughara in Sikh history. Why was Sri Harimandar Sahib and Akal Takht Sahib complex attacked? What’s the Sikh historical context? How must the memory be kept alive 36 years on?

Representing 1984 | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI Podcasts
Representing 1984 | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI Podcasts

Join us as we explore the recent rise of literature, art, film, and photography focusing on the anti-Sikh violence of 1984. What is the language of violence? How do we find such language for translating the unspeakable? And who speaks for those who suffer the violence? Our panelists, Gauri Gill, Sarbpreet Singh, and The Singh Twins, will delve into questions surrounding the representation of 1984.

Liv - 1984 Memories and Activism | SikhRI Videos
Liv - 1984 Memories and Activism | SikhRI Videos

This webinar will offer an overview of why and how the events of 1984 transpired in the way that they did. The presentation will then explore the symbology of "1984" as a term that holds resonance and power in the collective psyche today, and what connections can be drawn from the events to the wider discrimination against Sikhs both past and present. Using various mediums, including academic sources and art, the webinar will draw on a wider array of sources and portrayals to connect the events to the younger generation and look to the future.

Liv - Kultar's Mime: A 1984 Play | SikhRI Videos
Liv - Kultar's Mime: A 1984 Play | SikhRI Videos

“Kultar’s Mime is a scream of pain. A cry of rage at the unending pattern of injustice and targets the weak and the poor. A never ending pattern that transcends geography, culture and time,” said Sarbpreet Singh who wrote the original poem that the play is based on. According to J Mehr Kaur, who adapted the poem for the stage and directed the premier of Kultar’s Mime, “In creating the world of this play, I wanted to explore the ways in which a story of oppression can become even more urgent and meaningful when a group of ‘outsiders’ chooses to bring it to life. The young artists and activists in the play discover, through their own experience of this history, that the events of 1984 in Delhi were not only an inexcusable breach of the rights of Sikhs, but a violation of the rights of humanity. The production is an immersive work of theatre that allows the audience to experience the space as an art gallery, through which they are led by the characters in the play, learning about the haunted neighborhood of Tilakvihar, and its forgotten children.”

1984: My Struggle & Inspiration | Pritpal Singh | SikhRI Articles
1984: My Struggle & Inspiration | Pritpal Singh | SikhRI Articles

Dr. Pritpal Singh shares his reflections on the events of 1984 in India against Sikhs, where many innocent lives were lost.

1984: ThinQ Differently - Sep 25, 2014 | SikhRI Events
1984: ThinQ Differently - Sep 25, 2014 | SikhRI Events

Presented by Sikh Research Institute

1984: Bearing Witness - Jun 08, 2019 | SikhRI Events
1984: Bearing Witness - Jun 08, 2019 | SikhRI Events

Join us as Dr. Ishmeet Kaur and Harinder Singh focus on the events of June & November 1984.

1984: Ghallughara & I - Jun 03, 2018 | SikhRI Events
1984: Ghallughara & I - Jun 03, 2018 | SikhRI Events

Join us as Harinder Singh, Thinker, Educator & Activist will be talking about the third Ghallughara in Sikh history and it's relevance to Sikhs today.

1984: Finding Your Personal Call to Action | SikhRI Videos
1984: Finding Your Personal Call to Action | SikhRI Videos

For 25 years, the Indian government has failed to provide truth, justice, and reparations to victims and survivors of the June 1984 Army attack on Harmandir Sāhib and the November 1984 pogroms of Sikhs throughout India. This session explores what we, as individuals and a community, can do in response

1984: An Attempted Suppression of a Nation | SikhRI Videos
1984: An Attempted Suppression of a Nation | SikhRI Videos

Two major events took place in India, during 1984 in quick succession within a span of 5 month. The Indian Army attacked Akal Takhat Sahib in June, and an anti-Sikh genocidal campaign was undertaken by the ruling political party with the active support of majority community masses and the State machinery in November same year. The events completely shook the already eroding faith of Sikhs from India system. Many were seen scrambling for explanations in the immediate geo-political context. And the trend continues. The current presentation takes a step back and analyses the event by placing it in the socio-political, religious and ideological context of the Sikh tradition that stretches well beyond contemporary history and shows a how this was not an isolated event. It tries to explore the links behind theo-political status of Akal Takhat Sahib and repeated aggression of the State on it, a visible pattern consistent throughout Sikh history. 28 Aug 2011 Sri Guru Singh Sabha-Park Avenue Southall, UK

1984 is in my DNA | Inni Kaur | SikhRI Articles
1984 is in my DNA | Inni Kaur | SikhRI Articles

Thirty-three years ago the world’s fourth largest army marched into Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar, India.

Reflections on 1984   Legacies of Silence, History & Otherness | SikhRI Videos
Reflections on 1984 Legacies of Silence, History & Otherness | SikhRI Videos

Every year around November, history is visited by some who commemorate the devastating anti-Sikh violence in Delhi and other northern cities of India in 1984, strongly insisting to never forget 1984, while others insist on forgetting and moving on from that dark chapter in post-independence Indian history. What are the ramifications of this tug-of war between memorialization and demanded forgetfulness of such historical blot? This discussion hopes to bring out the ethical imperatives that Sikhs as well non-Sikhs can and must adopt through a conscientious, empowered remembering. To simply erase violent history is also an act of violence that leads to erasure. We must re-investigate the mainstream history and its role in un-acknowledging the discourse of 1984; we must force ethical challenges to the willful abnegation and/or totalitarian evasion of our social history. Dr. Parvinder Mehta is a scholar, educator, and an author who lives in Michigan. She earned her PhD in English (with minor in Film Studies) from Wayne State University. She enjoys teaching literature, composition and liberal arts courses at undergraduate level. She has presented at several national and international conferences on issues of cultural formations, representations and social justice. Her publications include book chapters as well as academic articles in peer-reviewed journals as Sikh Formations, Journal of South Asian Diaspora, South Asian Review. She also writes poetry in English.

Liv - 1984: After the Darkness - Jun 04, 2016 | SikhRI Events
Liv - 1984: After the Darkness - Jun 04, 2016 | SikhRI Events

June-November in Personal Memory, Genocide in Collective Sikh Psyche, and Confronting Injustice with Light-Love.

1984 Remembrance: The Sikhs and the Indian State | SikhRI Videos
1984 Remembrance: The Sikhs and the Indian State | SikhRI Videos

Why is Remembrance necessary? Harinder Singh and Manpreet Singh talk about 1984 and parallels with human rights movements today.

1984: Why should I care? – Amanpreet Kaur | Amanpreet Kaur | SikhRI Articles
1984: Why should I care? – Amanpreet Kaur | Amanpreet Kaur | SikhRI Articles

I once met an elderly man who had taken pictures before and after 1984. I asked him: “What was it like photographing 84’?” His response: “I feel like I have been photographing 1984 my entire life.”

1984: Why should I care? – Amanpreet Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI Podcasts
1984: Why should I care? – Amanpreet Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI Podcasts

I once met an elderly man who had taken pictures before and after 1984. I asked him: “What was it like photographing 84’?” His response: “I feel like I have been photographing 1984 my entire life.” His response shook me and it became a very significant moment for me. This experience led me to question - Why do I care about the violence that occurred during 1984…why should I care?

1984 Woke Me Up From A Deep Slumber | Inni Kaur | SikhRI Articles
1984 Woke Me Up From A Deep Slumber | Inni Kaur | SikhRI Articles

Thirty years have gone by since the world’s fourth largest army marched into Darbar Sahib (The Golden Temple), Amritsar in June 1984.

Further Reading | Resources | SikhRI Articles
Further Reading | Resources | SikhRI Articles

In an effort to make learning more about Sikhi and engaging process, our research staff compiles scholarly articles from around the web and other academic resources.

Reflections on 1984: Legacies of Silence, History & Otherness - Nov 05, 2016 | SikhRI Events
Reflections on 1984: Legacies of Silence, History & Otherness - Nov 05, 2016 | SikhRI Events

Every year around November, history is visited by some who commemorate the devastating anti-Sikh violence in Delhi and other northern cities of India in 1984, strongly insisting to never forget 1984, while others insist on forgetting and moving on from that dark chapter in post-independence Indian history. What are the ramifications of this tug-of war between memorialization and demanded forgetfulness of such historical blot? This discussion hopes to bring out the ethical imperatives that Sikhs as well non-Sikhs can and must adopt through a conscientious, empowered remembering. To simply erase violent history is also an act of violence that leads to erasure. We must re-investigate the mainstream history and its role in un-acknowledging the discourse of 1984; we must force ethical challenges to the willful abnegation and/or totalitarian evasion of our social history.

1984: The Devoted & The Worldly: Harinder Singh – The Sikh Cast | SikhRI | SikhRI Podcasts
1984: The Devoted & The Worldly: Harinder Singh – The Sikh Cast | SikhRI | SikhRI Podcasts

We're taking an in-depth look at the events of Operation Blue Star in 1984 in Amritsar, Panjab. It's considered the third Ghallughara, or massacre, in Sikh history. The Indian government assaulted the sacred Golden Temple Complex and Akal Takht. In this episode, SikhRI's Senior Fellow on Research and Policy speaks to a live audience to provide clarity and context on the operation and it's legacy on the Sikh community. He answers why the attack happened, it's the historical context and why the memory is kept alive in #Remember1984.

Thirty years on, why do we continue to engage with 1984? - 6th June 2014 | SikhRI News
Thirty years on, why do we continue to engage with 1984? - 6th June 2014 | SikhRI News

A series of Sikh Research Institute events through June 2014 in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom

What would Guru Nanak Sahib do in 1984? – SikhRI w/ Manpreet Jassal & Harinder Singh | SikhRI Podcasts
What would Guru Nanak Sahib do in 1984? – SikhRI w/ Manpreet Jassal & Harinder Singh | SikhRI Podcasts

What would Guru Nanak Sahib do in 1984? Listen to this discussion between Harinder Singh and the Sikh Cast host, Manpreet Singh.

1984 Remembrance: The Sikhs and the Indian State - Harinder Singh & Manpreet Singh | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI | SikhRI Podcasts
1984 Remembrance: The Sikhs and the Indian State - Harinder Singh & Manpreet Singh | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI | SikhRI Podcasts

Why is Remembrance necessary? Join Harinder Singh and Manpreet Singh as they discuss 1984 and explore its parallels with human rights movements today. How do we continue to push for the Rights today? What are the Responsibilities of the Sikhs and the Indian State?

Rethinking 1984 and the Indian State’s Relationship to Hindu Nationalism - Jun 13, 2015 | SikhRI Events
Rethinking 1984 and the Indian State’s Relationship to Hindu Nationalism - Jun 13, 2015 | SikhRI Events

The attack on the Darbar Sahib in the June of 1984 was a defining moment in contemporary Sikh history. The standard narrative promoted by the media and the Indian state in its White Paper on the attack have largely ignored the communal motivations of the state as they relate to its inextricable relationship to Hindutva. We will survey contemporary conflicts, in particular the desecration of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and Gujarat in 2002, to understand the significance of the state-sponsored terror in 1984.

Genocide | SikhRI Videos
Genocide | SikhRI Videos

How do we remember? How do we advocate? How do we survive? Watch this webinar with three leading voices in the November 1984 Anti-Sikh pogroms study. Dr. Ishmeet Kaur, a professor at the University of Gujarat, will help us explore the literary and artistic response to the Pogroms. Dr. Shruti Devgan, a professor at Bowdoin College, has researched in the diasporic, 1st, and 2nd generation response to the events of 1984 and how the events have been commemorated digitally. Finally, Mr. Ryan Singh Kohli, a leading public law practitioner in the UK, will share his work with Sardar HS Phoolka in the struggle for legal justice for the victims of November 1984.

Genocide - Oct 31, 2020 | SikhRI Events
Genocide - Oct 31, 2020 | SikhRI Events

How do we remember? How do we advocate? How do we survive? Please join us for a webinar with three leading voices in the November 1984 Anti-Sikh pogroms study. Dr. Ishmeet Kaur, a professor at the University of Gujarat, will help us explore the literary and artistic response to the Pogroms. Dr. Shruti Devgan, a professor at Bowdoin College, has researched in the diasporic, 1st, and 2nd generation response to the events of 1984 and how the events have been commemorated digitally. Finally, Mr. Ryan Singh Kohli, a leading public law practitioner in the UK, will share his work with Sardar HS Phoolka in the struggle for legal justice for the victims of November 1984.

Learning never to forget - 16th March 2015 | SikhRI News
Learning never to forget - 16th March 2015 | SikhRI News

Kultar’s Mime depicts the aftermath of the horrific 1984 Sikh massacre

Gurdwara Millwoods - Jun 02, 2018 | SikhRI Events
Gurdwara Millwoods - Jun 02, 2018 | SikhRI Events

Join us as Harinder Singh, Thinker, Educator & Activist will be talking about the third Ghallughara in Sikh history and it's relevance to Sikhs today.

Liv - Virtual Crevices: Sikh Diaspora and Cyber-Commemoration | SikhRI | SikhRI Articles
Liv - Virtual Crevices: Sikh Diaspora and Cyber-Commemoration | SikhRI | SikhRI Articles

In the almost 30 years since the violent anti-Sikh attacks of 1984, dominant memories of the events have been colored by the Indian state, Indian mass media, and counter-state voices of militant Sikhs. But how can we examine narratives that fall outside these ways of remembrance?

Mime and memories - 13th March 2015 | SikhRI News
Mime and memories - 13th March 2015 | SikhRI News

After being staged more than 28 times internationally and across India since 2014, the English play, Kultar’s Mime: Stories of 1984, is now set to debut in Mumbai, this weekend. The play narrates a story of four young victims of the 1984 Delhi massacre.

Don't Ask – Inni Kaur #Remembering1984 | SikhRI | SikhRI Videos
Don't Ask – Inni Kaur #Remembering1984 | SikhRI | SikhRI Videos

Don't Ask. Poem by Inni Kaur Don’t ask, my daughter what happened in 1984. These wounds are still raw don’t touch them. https://www.sikhri.org/journeywithguru #1984 #june1984 #sikh #operationbluestar Follow us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sikhresearchinstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sikh.research.institute/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SikhRI Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1CNFeRMFvlDNERzomNT2p9?

Shruti Devgan | SikhRI People
Shruti Devgan | SikhRI People

Shruti Devgan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College.

SikhRI & Ensaaf Team Up for Children - 19th January 2017 | SikhRI News
SikhRI & Ensaaf Team Up for Children - 19th January 2017 | SikhRI News

How can we deal with the two extreme emotions encompassing the 1984 Ghallughara (anti-Sikh pogroms) and Bandi Chor Divas (Freedom Day), within the same week? Let us turn to the Guru to reflect and respond.