1984: Bearing Witness – SikhRI - Sikh Research Institute

1984: Bearing Witness – SikhRI

Join us as Dr. Ishmeet Kaur and Harinder Singh focus on the events of June & November 1984.




Dr. Ishmeet Kaur

Dr. Ishmeet Kaur is the Assistant Professor at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. Her latest book “(E)razed Chapters: Remembering the Tales of Mourning Carnage ’84” an anthology of literature on 1984 Anti Sikh violence is at the publishers. She has also authored "Texting the Scripture: Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the Visionary Poetics of Patrick White" and has translated works of Bushra Ezaj, Pakistani writer, Veena Verma, Panjabi Diasporic writer, as well as the Australian Aboriginal writer Jeanine Leane’s book Dark Secrets: After Dreaming (AD)1887--1961 from English into Panjabi.


Harinder Singh

Harinder Singh, co-founded the Sikh Research Institute an educational organization focused on knowledge transfer of Sikhi based on “think like a Sikh” approach grounded in scripture, history, and lifestyle. He also co-founded the Panjab Digital Library, an online repository “revealing the invisible heritage of Panjab” thru digitization preservation of manuscripts, artifacts, and other historical sources. He is also the Organizer of Free Akal Takht movement focused on developing a self-governance model for 30 million global Sikhs driven by Sikh paradigm in an open, inclusive and transparent manner.

He is a consultant to films and documentaries for approach, sensitivity, research, script, production, etc.:  Final Assault, Ocean of Pearls, The Widow Colony, 35, Jaswant Singh Khalra, and The Sikhs. He has also pioneered Sikh perspectives and programs with UN’s subcommittee on rehabilitation for victims of torture; UNDP’s culture-specific protocol for de-addiction centers in Panjab; US State Department’s Office of Historian on curriculum material on terrorism; and Alliance of Religion and Conservation on furthering the dialogue on ecological awareness.

Harinder Singh’s list of career achievements includes addressing the U.S. Congress, The White House, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Dept. of Education, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, The Smithsonian Institute, U.K. Parliament, the U.K. Ministry of Defense Chaplaincy Program and numerous global educational institutions.

Harinder Singh currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI).




Diditi Mitra

Diditi Mitra teaches at Brookdale Community College. Her research focuses on race and immigration. She has authored Punjabi Immigrant Mobility in the United States: Adaptation through Race and Class and co-edited Race and the Lifecourse: Readings from the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Age. Currently, Diditi is working family migration from Punjab, India to the United States. Diditi is also a Kathak dancer and dabbles in poetry. Mitra holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University.


Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Rd
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
United States
June 08, 2019 at 2pm - 4pm

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