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History and Mission
History and Mission
Established in 1999, The Sikh Times is an independent, progressive, Internet-based, voluntary, non-profit, media watchdog project directed at compiling noteworthy news and analysis from around the world on issues of concern to the global Sikh community.
Coverage topics include self-determination, democracy, human rights, civil liberties, antiracism, religion, and South Asian geopolitics.
Via reviews, biographical sketches, interviews, and media watch The Sikh Times undertakes to disseminate to the Sikh community a deep understanding of how various oppressed, peripheral and minority communities and peoples cope with challenges similar to those that confront the Sikhs.
It is hoped that a broadening of context and perspective thus achieved will empower Sikhs to make enlightened and informed decisions about their own affairs.
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Puneet Singh Lamba
Puneet may be reached at the following email address: puneet AT sikhtimes DOT com
Author, Welcome to the B.J.P. (Bharatiya Janata Pustakalaya) (Op-Ed, Outlook, May 23, 2001)
Author, Will You Be My Bal-entine? (Op-Ed, The Satya Circle, Mar. 4, 2001)
Author, Censored by a Press Freedom Hero and Other Musings on Arun Shourie (Op-Ed, Parabaas, Jun. 1, 2000)
Author, India's Hands Aren't Clean (Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 9, 2000)
Rohan Oberoi, B.S. (Cornell)
Former Instructor, Political Science, Khalsa College, Patiala, Punjab, India
Librarian and Cybrarian, Nova Scotia Teachers College, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
Librarian and Cybrarian, The Maritime Sikh Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Author, The Maritime Sikh Society: Origin and Growth
Jagpal Singh Tiwana
Norman Gerald (Jerry) Barrier, Ph.D. (Duke)
Professor and Middlebush Chair in the Social Sciences (2000-2005), University of Missouri-Columbia
Author, The Sikhs and Their Literature: A Guide to Books, Tracts & Periodicals (1849 - 1919)
Author, Banned: Controversial Literature and Political Control in British India (1907 - 1947)
Co-Editor, Sikh Diaspora: Migration and the Experience Beyond Punjab
Co-Editor, The Transmission of Sikh Heritage in the Diaspora
Co-Editor, Sikh Studies: Comparative Perspectives of a Changing Tradition
Co-Editor, Sikh Identity: Continuity and Change
Proprietor, South Asia Books
Doris Jakobsh, M.T.S. (Harvard), Ph.D. (U.B.C.)
Instructor, Religious Studies, Renison College, University of Waterloo
Instructor, Religion and Culture, Wilfred Laurier University
Author, Relocating Gender in Sikh History: Transformation, Meaning and Identity
Co-Author, The Transmission of Sikh Heritage in the Diaspora
Gurinder Singh Mann, M.T.S. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Columbia)
Kapany Professor of Sikh Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Co-Editor, Studying the Sikhs: Issues for North America
Author, The Goindval Pothis: The Earliest Extant Source of the Sikh Canon
Author, The Making of Sikh Scripture
Harbans Lal, Ph.D., D.Litt. (honoris causa, G.N.D.U.)
Emeritus Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of North Texas, Fort Worth
Emeritus Professor, Guru Nanak Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University (G.N.D.U.)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Sikh Review
Founder President, Academy of Guru Granth StudiesCo-Founder and President-Elect (1954), All India Sikh Students Federation (A.I.S.S.F.)
Siropa (Robe of Honor), Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (S.G.P.C.)
Siropa (Robe of Honor), Chief Khalsa Diwan (C.K.D.)
Siropa (Robe of Honor), Sikh Educational Conference
Order of Nishan-e-Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib Foundation
Member, Editorial Board, Understanding Sikhism
Trustee, Bhai Nand Lal Sikh Academy
Founder President, Sri Nankana Sahib Foundation
Advisor, American Project on Religion and the News Media
Member, Interfaith Council of the Center for World Thanksgiving
Pritpal Singh Bindra
Author, Thus Sayeth Gurbani
Winner, Akali Phoola Singh Book Award, 1998
Baldev Raj Nayar, Ph.D. (Chicago)
Emeritus Professor of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Author, Minority Politics in the Punjab
I.J. Singh, Ph.D. (Oregon), D.D.S. (Columbia)
Professor and Coordinator, Anatomical Sciences, New York University
Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor, Cornell University
Author, Sikhs and Sikhism: A View With a Bias
Author, The Sikh Way: A Pilgrim's Progress
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Sikh Review
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Encyclopedia of Sikhism, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India
Charn Jit Singh (C.J.S.) Wallia, Ph.D. (Stanford)
Publisher and Editor, IndiaStar Review of Books
Managing Editor, CanIndia News Weekly
Foreign Correspondent, India Today
Foreign Correspondent, Frontline
Host, The Muslim Chronicle, a weekly current affairs program on C.T.S. Television
Inderjit Singh Jaijee
Former Member, Punjab Legislative Assembly
Former President, Indian Minority and Dalit Front
Co-Founder and Co-Convenor, Movement Against State Repression (M.A.S.R.)
Author, Politics of Genocide: Punjab 1984 - 1998
Ram Narayan Kumar
Human Rights Activist
Co-Author, The Sikh Struggle: Origin, Evolution and Present Phase
Author, The Sikh Unrest and the Indian State: Politics, Personalities and Historical Retrospective
Pashaura Singh, Ph.D. (Toronto)
Professor, Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside
Formerly, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies and Punjabi Language, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Co-Editor, Sikh Identity: Continuity and Change
Co-Editor, Transmission of Sikh Heritage in the Diaspora
Author, The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority
Manmohan (Moni) Singh Minhas, P.Eng.
Founder, Minhas Training and Development Inc.
Author, The Sikh Canadians
President, O.K. Liquor Stores Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Joe R. Feagin, Ph.D. (Harvard)
Graduate Research Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Florida
Author, Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, & Future Reparations
Author, White Racism: The Basics, American Sociological Association Oliver C. Cox Book Award
Author, Ghetto Revolts, Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
Author, Living with Racism, Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Human Rights Book Award
Former President-Elect, American Sociological Association
Howard Zinn, Ph.D. (Columbia)
Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science, Boston University
Author, A People's History of the United States, Nominated for the American Book Award
Author, Declarations of Independence, Olive Branch Award
Columnist, The Progressive
Recipient, Thomas Merton Award
Recipient, Eugene V. Debs Award
Recipient, Upton Sinclair Award
Recipient, Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Nonfiction
Recipient, Otis Social Justice Award
Hardev Singh Shergill
Publisher, The Sikh Bulletin
Gail M. Harley, Ph.D.
Department of Religious Studies, University of South Florida
Author, Emma Curtis Hopkins: Forgotten Founder of New Thought
Author, Hindu and Sikh Faiths in America
Devinder Singh Chahal, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Understanding Sikhism
Author, Five Issued Patents on Processes for Bioconversion of Biomass into Useful Products (Canada, U.S.A. and India)
Professor Emeritus of Applied Microbiology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Professor Emeritus of Applied Microbiology, Institut Armand-Frappier, University of Quebec, Laval, Quebec, Canada
Former Visiting Scientist (Fulbright Fellow), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Founder, Department of Microbiology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Nancy Murray, B.A. (Harvard), B.Phil., Ph.D. (Modern History, Oxford)
Founder Director, Bill of Rights Education Project, American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.)
Director, Civil Liberties Task Force, A.C.L.U.
Member, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights
Member, The Progressive Media Project
Member, Editorial Board, Race & Class, Institute of Race Relations, London
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Writer, The Progressive
Columnist, Desi News, a Toronto-based monthly magazine
Email: gopi AT sikhtimes DOT com
S. Gopikrishna, B.Tech. (I.I.T., Kharagpur, India), M.S. (University of Michigan)
Presenter, Sikh Symposium, Singapore, 2000
Email: manjit AT sikhtimes DOT com
Simar Kaur Goraya
Human Rights Activist
Writer, Reporter, and Television Commentator
Email: simar AT sikhtimes DOT com
Veteran, U.S. Army
Graduate, Defense Language Institute
Contributor, Several Anthologies and Art Shows
Email: angela AT sikhtimes DOT com
Reporter and Writer
Email: francine AT sikhtimes DOT com
Email: betsy AT sikhtimes DOT com
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Books and Journals
Original works published by The Sikh Times (as well as archived articles) have been cited by many publications, including the following.
- The Broken Middle; By DILIP SIMEON; The Economic and Political Weekly; Volume 49, Issue Number 43-44, November 1, 2014.
- International Bibliography of Sikh Studies; By RAJWANT SINGH CHILANA; Springer; January 1, 2005; p. 21.
- Fitter for Life: The Secrets of 25 Masters of Fitness; By ED MAYHEW; p. 267.
- Textures of the Sikh Past; By TONY BALLANTYNE (Editor); Oxford University Press; 2007; pp. 282-311.
- 3HO/Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere: The 'Forgotten' New Religious Movement?; By DORIS JAKOBSH; Religion Compass; 2008.
- Government Actions in the Demise of the Thugs [1829-1835] and Sikh Terrorists [1980-1993] and Lessons for the United States; By JOHN A. COLOE; Master's Thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; September 2005.
- Talking to One and All: Discussing Sikh Issues in Real Time; By NIRMAL SINGH; Hemkunt Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; 2009; p. 55.
- Debating the Dasam Granth; By ROBIN RINEHART; Oxford University Press and American Academy of Religion; 2011; p. 189.
- The Materiality of the Past: History and Representation in Sikh Tradition; By ANNE MURPHY; Oxford University Press; 2012; p. 291.
- Five Centuries of Sikh Tradition; By REETA GREWAL et. al.; Manohar; 2005; p. 367.
- Trauma and Memory within the Sikh Diaspora: Internet Dialogue; By N. GERALD BARRIER; Sikh Formations; Volume 2, Issue 1; 2006.
- India: An Overview; Wikimedia Foundation; p. 128.
- Various Wikipedia Articles.
- Flirting with Disaster; By VIKRAM JIT SINGH; Tehelka; July 9, 2005.
- Sikhs Across Borders: Transnational Practices of European Sikhs; KNUT A. JACOBSEN and KRISTINA MYRVOLD (Editors); Bloomsbury Academic; March 27, 2014; pp. 158-160.
- Guru Granth - Guru Panth: Doctrine and Experiences; By NIRMAL SINGH; Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh, India; 2009.
- Tantra im Westen; By THORSTEN LAUE; 2011; p. 276.
- Hindu and Sikh Faiths in America; By GAIL M. HARLEY; Facts on File; 2003; p. 107.
- Abstracts of Sikh Studies; Volume 8; Issues 1-3; 2006.
- The Sikh Review; Volume 55; 2007; p. 71.
- Law and Ethnic Plurality: Socio-legal Perspectives; By PRAKASH SHAH; Martinus Nijhoff; 2007, p. 120.
- Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration; By ANNA C. KORTEWEG and JENNIFER A. SELBY; University of Tornoto; 2012, p. 304.
- Contesting and confirming religious authority in the diaspora: Transnational communication and the Dasam Granth controversy in the Nordic countries; By KNUT A. JACOBSEN, KRISTINA MYRVOLD, RAVINDER KAUR, and LAURA HIRVI; Sikhs Across Borders; 2006
- Selective Leviathans: Explaining State Strategies of Counterinsurgency and Consolidation; By SAMEER LALWANI; Doctorate Thesis, MIT, 2013
- A South-Asian History of Britain: Four Centuries of Peoples from the Indian Sub-continent; By MICHAEL HERBERT FISHER, SHOMPA LAHIRI, SHINDER S. THANDI, 2007
- Bringing Fairness to Extradition Hearings: Proposing A Revised Evidentiary Bar For Political Dissidents; By HANSDEEP SINGH, 2008
- Sikh Diaspora and its Impact on the Khalistan Movement; By JENNIFER GRECO, 2016
- Constructing a new nationalism from below: The Dalit movement, politics and transnational networking; By LISA DAILY, 2009
- Epistemo-patrimony: speaking and owning in the Indian diaspora; By CHRISTOPHER PINNEY, 2011
- Commemorating Hurt: Memorializing Operation Bluestar; By RADHIKA CHOPRA, 2010
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Advocate, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Representative and Frequent Contributor, The Sikh Review
Gurcharanjit Singh Lamba
It is with tremendous sadness and shock that The Sikh Times is obliged to report that on Feb. 23, 2003 G.S. Lamba requested that his name be removed from our list of advisors-at-large.
In a letter addressed to Puneet Singh Lamba, founder, The Sikh Times, G.S. Lamba wrote, "I had consented to be on your advisory panel under the impression that The Sikh Times will project Sikh ideology. But, I am sorry to note that since you [Puneet Singh Lamba] have not even heeded the advise of the great Gurus to keep unshorn hair, there is no scope for any other advise. I do not wish to be associated with The Sikh Times. Please remove my name from your panel."
If indeed orthodoxy is of such critical importance to G.S. Lamba, we are at a loss to comprehend why he made no attempt to verify our founder's orthodoxy prior to offering his support as an advisor-at-large.
In view of the above, it is important to expose the hypocrisy of G.S. Lamba serving as a representative for The Sikh Review which has several unorthodox Sikhs and non-Sikhs serving on its Editorial Advisory Board.
Given the internal hemorrhaging within Sikhism resulting from this sort of narrow-mindedness and sheer opportunism exhibited by educated and prominent Sikhs like G.S. Lamba, it seems futile for Sikhs to worry about the negative impact of both real and imaginary anti-Sikh forces external to Sikhism.
Also, it is regrettable that G.S. Lamba does not possess the integrity to cite the actual catalyst behind his decision to withdraw support, i.e. a current discussion pertaining to the writings of Gurbakhsh Singh Kala Afghana on SikhNet's Internet discussion forum.
Would Guru Nanak have approved of G.S. Lamba's holier-than-thou judgmental stance?
G.S. Lamba would do well to recall from the pages of Sikh history that orthodox Sikhs do not have a monopoly on projecting Sikh ideology.
In fact, it is possible to name numerous orthodox Sikhs who have committed grave acts of treason against humanity and the Sikh Panth (e.g. former president of India, 'Giani' Zail Singh and former director general of Punjab police, K.P.S. Gill).
Equally, it is also possible to name numerous unorthodox Sikhs and non-Sikhs who have ably served humanity and the Sikh Panth (e.g. former premier of British Columbia, Ujjal Singh Dosanjh, and scholar of Sikh studies, Himadri Banerjee).
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