Thirty years ago saw the culmination of increasing social conflict in Punjab, a Sikh-majority state in India. In 1984, the government of India launched a military operation on the Sikhs’ central religious site, aimed at militants but also ensnaring innocent pilgrims. Later that year, Sikh bodyguards assassinated India’s Prime Minister in retribution. This was followed by pogroms against Sikhs all over India, and a decade of violence and repression in Punjab. The perpetrators of state violence have not been brought to justice, and the events of 1984 and after continue to cast a shadow on the people of the region. Prof. Rahuldeep Singh Gill of California Lutheran University (CLU) will speak about this history, and how to move forward positively, but without forgetting the past, especially in the context of the Sikh diaspora in the US. Prof. Gill is Director of the Center for Equality and Justice at CLU.
The talk will be followed by an interactive discussion, moderated by Prof. Nirvikar Singh, Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies at UCSC. Prof. Singh was visiting India in 1984 and experienced some of the events described above. All students, faculty and community members are invited. Lunch will be provided, and RSVPs are requested by October 15 at 1 pm. Please RSVP by email to Evin Guy, Institute for Humanities Research, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is co-sponsored by the UCSC Sikh Student Association and the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies.