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Tarlochan Singh Nahal: “Religion and Politics in Sikhism”

May 16, 2012 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  |  Stevenson Fireside Lounge


Tarlochan Singh Nahal Dr. Tarlochan Singh Nahal will speak about his new book, Religion and Politics in Sikhism, in conversation with Professor Nirvikar Singh. Dr. Nahal received his PhD in Political Science from Senior University International, under the supervision of Dr. Noel Q. King, then Professor Emeritus at UCSC. Dr. Nahal has organized several international conferences on Sikhism, and he works actively with local Sikh youth promoting sports and healthy living.

All are welcome to attend. There will be time for questions and answers with the audience, and light refreshments will be served.
Biography: Dr. Tarlochan Singh Nahal was born in the Jalandhar district of Punjab, India. He received an M.A. degree in English from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar in 1977. He also studied Punjabi at M. A. level and finished M.A. Part I with a distinction. He won the Punjab State Merit Scholarship in B.A. Part III. He was the captain of the college wrestling team at Guru Gobind Singh Republic College, Jandiala (Jalandhar), Punjab. He came to the US in 1979. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Senior University International, Wyoming in 1999 under the supervision of late Dr. Noel Q. King, Professor Emeritus UC Santa Cruz, California. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was “Miri and Piri: Religion and Politics in Sikhism with Special Reference to the Sikh Struggle (1947-1997).”

Dr. Nahal is currently employed as a Sr. Staff Technical Writer at Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. in San Jose, CA. He has been working as a Technical Writer in the Silicon Valley for the last 29 years and has written over 150 technical manuals in the computer industry. Dr. Nahal has been invited by various Universities and Sikh and non-Sikh organizations to speak on various topics related to Sikhism in the US and Canada. He has organized several Sikh Academic conferences in the San Jose area over the last seventeen years. He has appeared on local and regional television and radio many times on the Sikh issues. He is often consulted by the news media on various Sikh issues. Dr. Tarlochan Singh Nahal is one of the founding members of Sikh Gurdwara – San Jose. He has served as the Secretary General of World Sikh Council – America Region, a representative body of Sikh Gurdwaras and institutions in the US.

Dr. Nahal has been actively working with local Sikh youth in promoting sports and healthy living. He has been working as the Secretary General of Sikh Sports Association of USA for the last several years.

Dr. Nahal has written dozens of research papers. He is an avid reader and maintains a large personal library that has thousands of books. He is the author of Religion and Politics in Sikhism: The Khalsa Perspective, a major academic work dealing with religious and political aspects of Sikhism, especially the Khalistan movement. He is currently doing some research on ancient Punjab related to Alexander the Great’s invasion of Punjab in 326 B.C. He is also doing some research on the Ghadar Movement started by the Sikhs in California around 1914.

Dr. Nahal has been honored twice with a siropa (Robe of Honor) from Sri Akal Takhat Sahib the seat of Sikh Spiritual and Temporal authority at Amritsar, India in 2008 and 2011, respectively for his research on the Sikh history and dedication to the Khalsa Panth.

Dr. Nahal lives in San Jose, California with his family. He can be reached at



May 16, 2012
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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