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Sikh History

Videos

Friday
,
12
April
2024

Countdown to Vaisakhi 2024: Pritpal Singh

Dr. Pritpal Singh serves on SikhRI’s Board of Directors and facilitates workshops and projects that aim to fight religious and political oppression through reflection, self-introspection, and activism.

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Thursday
,
11
April
2024

Countdown to Vaisakhi 2024: Dr. Sohan Singh

Dr. Sohan Singh, the Panjabi Editor of The Guru Granth Sahib Project, shares his reflections on Vaisakhi.

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Wednesday
,
10
April
2024

Countdown to Vaisakhi 2024: Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen Kaur serves as a Research Associate at SikhRI and one of the commentators and transcreators of The Guru Granth Sahib Project.

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Tuesday
,
9
April
2024

Countdown to Vaisakhi 2024: Jasjit Singh Hundal

Jasjit Singh Hundal serves on the SikhRI Advisory Council. He actively participates in the Sikh community and frequently speaks at Interfaith events.

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Monday
,
8
April
2024

Countdown to Vaisakhi 2024: Anupreet Kaur

Gagandeep Kaur, a Research Assistant on The Guru Granth Sahib Project, shares her reflections on Vaisakhi.

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Sunday
,
7
April
2024

Countdown to Vaisakhi 2024: Gagandeep Kaur

Gagandeep Kaur, a Research Assistant on The Guru Granth Sahib Project, shares her reflections on Vaisakhi.

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Monday
,
24
September
2018

Gurduara: A Sikh Place of Learning

What’s the relationship between the Gurduara governance and the local sangat worldwide? We traced Gurduara’s history throughout the ages and surveyed the opinions of 1,172 self-identified Sikhs from 22 countries.

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Sunday
,
19
July
2020

Bhakti & Shakti

Bhakti and Shakti are two sides of the Guru. While deep internal contemplation and the exuberant worldly power are often painted as dichotomous, Sikh history, Gurbani, architecture and art all demonstrate their interwoven and complementary nature.

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Friday
,
23
October
2020

A Brave Life of the Exemplary Sikh Warrior: Sikh History

This is the story of Hari Singh Nalua, a formidable general in the army of the Khalsa during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. From birth to death, what lessons can we learn from this figure from Sikh history?

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Tuesday
,
21
December
2021

A December Poem: Sikhi's Fragrance

Mahakavi Santok Singh gives us a glimpse into Love. A woman’s deep-seated love for Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. 

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Thursday
,
21
April
2022

Explore Rag Sorathi - The Guru Granth Sahib Project

Explore Rag Sorathi: https://bit.ly/3jZO0y8 The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of twelve Sabads (Infinite-Wisdom) by Guru Teghbahadar Sahib in Rag Sorath. Sorath is a rag (musical mode) of serious nature based on the mood of detachment.

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Thursday
,
19
May
2022

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

This is the story of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718-1783), of the most outstanding leaders Sikhs have had. As a leader of the Dal Khalsa, he prepared the Sikh community to take control of its own destiny in the most troubled times...

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Articles

Tuesday
,
26
March
2024

No More Blue Stars

In recent years, diasporic Sikhs have been moving to consciously avoid using the terms Operation Blue Star or Holocaust and instead use terms like the Battle of Amritsar, genocide, or Ghallughara when speaking about June and November 1984.

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Tuesday
,
13
February
2024

The Attack on Political Sikhi

What did Indira Gandhi hope to achieve in the June 1984 attack on the Harimandar Sahib Complex and Gurduaras around Panjab? What was the goal of the Indian National Congress (I) party’s brutal and genocidal pogroms against Sikhs across the country in...

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Wednesday
,
3
January
2024

The Resilient Emblem

In this piece, we delve into the timeless resilience of Sikhi in the aftermath of the 1984 Sikh ghallughara.

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Monday
,
27
November
2023

Guru Nanak Sahib: An Infinite Mentor

Guru Nanak Sahib, an extraordinary mentor and teacher, left an indelible mark on humanity. Guru Nanak Sahib’s teachings, encapsulated in the Guru Granth Sahib, emphasize truthful conduct as the highest virtue.

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Tuesday
,
17
October
2023

Guru Harikrishan Sahib

Explore the profound journey of Guru Harikrishan Sahib, the eighth Sikh Guru, as the Guru navigates complex family dynamics and spiritual succession.

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Friday
,
1
September
2023

Wisdom Enthroned

Embark on a transformative journey through Sikhi’s essence as we explore the Guru Granth Sahib. Beyond a conventional text, it intertwines nature, introspection, and wisdom.

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Sunday
,
8
March
2009

Woman: Gateway to Freedom

“The whole Guru Grantha is the voice of a wedded women or a maiden pining in love of the Beautiful. Her nobleness in Guru Grantha is infinite, her freedom is of the highest. Both man and woman as sexes are forgotten in her voice.

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Thursday
,
5
November
2009

Maharaja of Firangi

Last week I walked into the first exhibition to comprehensively explore the extraordinarily rich culture of the maharajas. “Maharaja – the Splendor of India‘s Royal Courts” is the feature exhibit at the Victoria & Alberta Museum in London...

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Saturday
,
18
September
2010

Guru Angad

Today marks the gurgaddi divas, the Coronation Day of Guru Angad Sahib, the Second Sovereign of Sikhi. Guru Angad Sahib's unwavering devotion and obedience to Guru Nanak Sahib set a profound example for Sikhs.

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Monday
,
18
June
2012

The Messiah Is Here

We all suffer at times, weighed down with personal traumas, disappointments and regrets. According to the Buddhists, the primary truth of all of human existence is suffering. But in Sikhi, while our Guru acknowledges that there is much suffering in life, there is more to life and the universe than mere suffering. No, life is so much more than suffering.

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Tuesday
,
24
November
2015

Top Ten Truths About Guru Teghbahadar Sahib

Guru Teghbahadar Sahib’s life and legacy are unparalleled in the annals of world history. The Guru proclaimed: “Be very clear in your mind; the insightful person is the one who doesn’t fear anyone nor frightens anyone.”

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Sunday
,
30
April
2017

Hari Singh ‘Nalua’

Hari Singh Nalua (popularly Nalwa) was the Commander-in-Chief of the Sikh Khalsa Army in the North West Frontier in the Kingdom of Panjab ruled by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Giani Gian Singh was fifteen years old the year Nalua died and...

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Podcasts

Monday
,
18
March
2024

Getting to Know Rani Jind Kaur: Episode 1

Tune in to Santbir Singh and Sean Holden as they delve into the captivating tale of Rani Jind Kaur, the last queen of Panjab, in the inaugural episode of this podcast series. But why is it crucial for us to unravel her narrative?

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Monday
,
18
March
2024

Getting to Know Rani Jind Kaur: Episode 2

Tune in to Santbir Singh and Sean Holden as they delve into the captivating tale of Rani Jind Kaur, the last queen of Panjab, in the inaugural episode of this podcast series. But why is it crucial for us to unravel her narrative?

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Friday
,
10
November
2023

1984 Genocide: Relentless Pursuit of Justice in Indian Courts

It has been 39 years since the 1984 Sikh Genocide orchestrated by the Indian government. Why is the legal course of action still necessary? What outcomes have been achieved so far, and what else is being pursued?

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Tuesday
,
14
March
2023

Sabad Hajare Patisahi 10 - Sabad 10: 1’s Identification

In this eleventh and final podcast of the series, Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur explore Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s utterances on the 1’s Identification.

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Tuesday
,
7
March
2023

Sabad Hajare Patisahi 10 - Sabad 09: Divine Creator

In this tenth podcast, Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur explore Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s utterances on the Divine Creator.

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Tuesday
,
28
February
2023

Sabad Hajare Patisahi 10 - Sabad 08: That One

In this ninth podcast, Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur explore Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s utterances on the vastness of IkOankar. They discuss the Guru’s description of how even the holiest of people lost themselves in intense concentration...

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Pakistan: Uncovering a Sikh Heritage

In this episode, our panel each draws from their specific expertise and experience to draw the connection of Sikh Heritage in Pakistan.

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The Sikhs and The Panjab

73 years ago, two nation-states were carved by the British mapmaking: Hindustan and Pakistan. The historical Sikh Homeland in The Panjab was divided by the Radcliffe line. In now truncated Indian Panjab, a proportion of the Sikhs led many campaigns to fight for economic, political, state, human, and religious rights. What’s next to secure the Sikh aspirations and the Panjab’s autonomy?

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Wednesday
,
11
January
2017

“Emperor-Prophet” - The Real Guru Gobind Singh Ji

The Panjab Digital Library was selected to develop an exhibition for the 350-year celebration of Guru Gobind Singh by the government of Bihar.

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Monday
,
24
April
2017

Everywhere I Go, Bithal is Present

Listen to Harinder Singh’s reflection on Bhagat Namdev’s evolution from deity worship to seeing Divinity pervading everywhere.

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Wednesday
,
18
December
2019

1984: Why should I care? – Amanpreet Kaur

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?

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Monday
,
30
March
2020

Sikh History in Afghanistan

Dr. Pritpal Singh discusses the importance, history, and significance of Afghanistan for Sikhs, from the time of the Gurus to now.

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Resources

Getting to Know Rani Jind Kaur

"Getting to Know Rani Jind Kaur" is an extensive educational resource meticulously crafted to introduce students to the illustrious legacy of Rani Jind Kaur and the admirable qualities of Sikh leadership. Each lesson is thoughtfully paired with various "Advanced Learning Opportunities," catering to students of diverse proficiency levels and encouraging them to delve deeper into learning and contemporary discourse.

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A Special Report on Historical Context 1984

We present this Special Report to provide historical context to the Sikh experience from 1984 to the present day vis-a-vis the Indian and Canadian governments. The information provided narrates the wrongdoings against the Sikh community and Indian Panjab, which have been largely ignored and even perpetuated by the state and media.

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Sikh History: Getting to Know Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

Explore the life and lessons of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and his legacy through our downloadable education resource and our originally produced podcast and video series ‘Sikh History.’

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Sikh History: Getting to Know Hari Singh Nalua

Explore the life and lessons of Hari Singh Nalua and his legacy through our downloadable curriculum, as well as through our originally produced podcast and video series 'Sikh History'.

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