From Khalistan to Palestine
Guest blogged by Moninder Singh I am for Palestinian statehood, and at the same time I am for the existence of the state of Israel. I am against rockets fired into civilian areas killing innocents indiscriminately, but I am even more against what can only be seen as purposely targeted air strikes against...
Dharti
  Sometimes I wonder where 1984 went Sitting across the dinner table from my parents Frozen Me stuck at the age of 1 The annihilation of my mind I touch my long braid to make sure it’s still there My brothers dressed as girls to pass through another village for safety Terror rises And I dance Making...
Zindabaad
Guest blogged by Preeti Kaur For Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana For everyone who flies the kesri jhaanda today   ZINDABAAD TO THE KESRI FLAG WAVING ACROSS MY HEART ZINDABAAD TO MARCH 31, 2012 ZINDABAAD TO THE EYES ZINDABAAD TO THE LUNGS ZINDABAAD TO THE WRIST WHICH WEARS THE KARA TO REMAIN SHACKLED...
Sikhi Is Part of the Solution: Ending Gendercide
Gendercide is a well-known problem in India. The BBC and ABC 20/20 have highlighted this issue. The low sex-ratio in Punjab, India shows how the soil, which gave birth to Sikhi is not devoid of this problem. The land on which our Gurus proclaimed the equality of women when others considered her impure...
As the World Celebrates Earth Day, Punjab to Implement Plastic Bag Ban
As the world celebrates the 41st Earth Day on April 22nd, to raise awareness about the state of the global environment (now recognized worldwide as International Mother Earth Day) the Punjab government this week announced that it would issue strong penalties on the use of polythene bags less than 30...
Vaisakhi {a poem}
Guest blogged by Preeti Kaur. Preeti wrote this poem for The Langar Hall in commemoration of the 312th anniversary of the birth of the Khalsa this week. Vaisakhi ive never seen a wheat harvest never worried over winter punjab frost monsanto seed or otherwise grown into grain carried tender on the...
Saint Soldier on Farmer Suicides
Vancouver-based hip hop artist Saint Solider and singer Sukhraj recently released a moving single about farmer suicides in Punjab. I won’t editorialize, as the song (and video) speaks for itself. You can download the track on iTunes and by donation at bandcamp.
Punjab’s Growing Drug Problem
The following video, from the BBC, shows a sad reality of the growing drug problem in Punjab. High unemployment rates have inevitably contributed to this problem. While the video only highlights Punjabi men, it is well known that young Punjabi women are also suffering from this addiction. I can’t...
The musical uprising of Bant Singh
A friend recently sent me this short documentary on the Punjabi Dalit activist and singer, Bant Singh. Surprised that I had never heard of him, I was not only blown away by his singing, but by his revolutionary lyrics and fierce commitment to resisting caste and class oppression. “If we’re...
Fighting drugs in Punjab through theatre
Amongst the male youth in Punjab, drugs are a serious problem today. With high unemployment rates, and a history of violence in the region, the environment is ripe for drug abuse. A Punjab government survey found that one out of three male students use at least a form of tobacco. And on a recent trip...
India changes agricultural subsidies to promote soil health
This week, the Wall Street Journal highlighted India’s decision to change some of its agricultural policies, in response to its post-Green Revolution crisis. (Hat tip: Bandana) In the 1970s, India dramatically increased food production, finally allowing this giant country to feed itself. But government...
Every Time We’ve Had Our Babies, People Have Almost… Commiserated
Toronto Star reporter Raveena Aulakh, posing as an expectant mother, is handed bags of pills in an industrial area in Mississauga by Kanwar Bains, news editor of a Punjabi-language newspaper. Just in case the rest of the world didn’t know what a sorry state Punjab was in with respect to its gender...
Getting back to Sikhi’s treehugging roots
Environmental issues have taken a backseat for way too long. Even under this administration – which promised to create jobs through new and clean energy initiatives, and rejoin the international community to reduce worldwide carbon emissions – environmental issues have taken a backseat...
The Punjab Project
Blogged by: Amol Singh A new generation of Sikh youth is coming up to age in a diaspora still unable to decently reflect or respond to the tragedies that have befallen the Panth. Although, cognizant of the injustices done to Sikhs, we have categorically failed at identifying a half-way legitimate vision...
A neoliberal development pathway for Punjab?
Earlier this month TLH discussed how the unseasonably dry summer in Punjab is threatening its agriculture and economy. This week, the Punjab Assembly adopted a resolution authorizing the development of additional Special Economic Zones, or SEZs, while streamlining and supporting the existence of pre-existing...
Lack of Jobs In Punjab
Punjabs historical economic dominance is well known. We hear about it when studying The Raj and the years following it. However, we also know that Punjabs current economic position does not provide many new jobs for college graduates. Thus, these graduate are looking for jobs outside of Punjab-often...
A Dry, Hot Summer Hits Punjab
International news outlets are a flutter with the latest: in the wake of an unseasonably hot, dry summer, the Bhakra Beas Management Board has decided to cut irrigation water to Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The Punjab government has tried to alleviate the demand for water by curtailing...
What’s Better Than One Harmandar Sahib?
For some Sikhs in Punjab, apparently two Harmandar Sahibs. Or at least that’s the argument between the SGPC and a group of Sikhs. The SGPC argues that a group of Sikhs are building a replica of Harmandar Sahib, and that they stridently oppose any “imitation” gurdwaras (my phrase, not...
Wal-Mart debuts in Punjab
This past weekend Wal-Mart opened its first* Indian-based store in Amritsar, spreading its global brand to one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. As part of a larger strategy to develop a presence in India, this is the first of fifteen new stores that will open over the next few years. [source] However,...
Feeling What We Remember
As we remember 1984 through concerts and acts of rebellion, let’s not forget the visceral spirit displayed by Singhs IN that time period. Watch below the original version of a Punjabi kavita sung by Bhai Gursharan Singh during those turbulent times in Manji Sahib Hall located in the Darbar Sahib...
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