Love Sans Gurdwaras. A fast-paced travelogue, partly ethnographic and deliberately disjointed. Briefly depicting the underlying militant pluralism and religious subcultures of Punjab; retaining the overall theme that spiritual love manages to exist beyond the confines of the gurdwara. It is provoking the reader to go visit the places and talk to the people there, instead of succumbing to armchair opinions.
A breakthrough has been achieved in our Representation with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), regarding the shocking incidences of caste-based segregation in the historic gurdwaras of Punjab.
The Hindu also picked up the story!
A 13,000-word essay, God Just Left the Gurdwara, published by the popular news and media criticism portal, Newslaundry.
A vignette of emotions, centered on a perverse ritual being practiced in a 350-year old Sikh seminary. How a search for the origins of “Chauthey Paurey Wale”, a spiritually sanctioned cussword for the low-caste Sikhs, also unearthed the true story of a folk hero, Bidhi Chand Chhina, in a village so old that it’s said to be the birthplace of Shiva. The mutiny of a renouncer that was Bidhi Chand and the lingering doubts it left about the politics of the Gurus.
A travelogue from the heart of darkness of Punjab. A deluded activist recounting the privations suffered that firmed his opinion on the “smug-faced leftists with kindling eye”.
The popular South Asian blog on current affairs Kafila.org has published our article, A Day in the Life of a Sikh Prejudice.
Geo-mapping the serious cases of caste atrocities, religious discrimination and communal segregation perpetrated in the villages and gurdwaras of Punjab since 2012, based on first-hand source inputs and media reports. We are very open to collaborate with interested parties tracking such incidents. Please contact us!
A one-of-its-kind conclave where the various stakeholders try to find a common ground on the pressing problems that plague Punjab. An attempt to break free from the parochial structures that have suppressed the social narrative on lesser-known issues like caste, religion, representation and federalism. A bold attempt to reclaim the mantle of Punjabiyat.