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Agenda for the Discussion

20 Jul

We will meet at Milford Gurdwara this Saturday at 10:00 am for the discussion on ‘Singh Sabha Movement’. The discussion is organized in three parts:

1] The first part of the discussion is structured around the following topics:

  • Historical background

    Khalsa College - Founded during Singh Sabha Movt.

  • Critical events that spurred the movement (e.g., four Sikh students announcing their decision to convert to Christianity)
  • Some key people involved & their contribution (e.g., Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha – ‘Hum Hindu Nahin’)
  • How the movement unfolded
  • Differences within the Singh Sabhas (e.g., Amritsar & Lahore; retaining or rejecting Hindu practices at Harmandir Sahib)
  • The role of British govt. (help or impediment?)
  • Achievements of the Movement (e.g., paved the way for Gurdwara Reform Act, SGPC, Sikh Rehat Maryada, Khalsa College, etc)
  • Controversies/debates about the movement (e.g., ‘reformist’ versus ‘revivalist’ nature of Singh Sabha Movement)

2] The second part involves applying the above learning. It is centered around the question: how do we apply the lessons learnt from the Singh Sabha Movement to affect change in the current times?

In this breakout session we will split into groups; each group will:

  • Identify a problem area affecting the Sikh society.
  • Explain the problem. [Describe the problem, list possible causes of the problem, and the significance/need to address the problem.]
  • Suggest a plan of action.
  • Identify likely resistance to the proposed plan and what can be done about it.
  • Deliver a short presentation to the other groups.

3] Wrap up.

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The Next Discussion is a Workshop

30 Jun

Some changes have been made to the format and venue for the discussion of the next reading, which is on the topic of Singh Sabha Movement. Instead of hosting the discussion at a participant’s place as we always do, this time we will have it at the Milford Gurdwara. And the discussion will be in a workshop format.

The idea is to tie the workshop with the July 19 talk on Sikh Rehat Maryada at the Milford Gurdwara. Sikh Rehat Maryada, in its current form, is one of the outcomes of the Singh Sabha Movement. So tying in our discussion with the July 19 talk makes lot of sense. Having the workshop on the Singh Sabha Movement before July 19 will provide a context in which we can better appreciate the talk on Sikh Rehat Maryada. And if the workshop is organized after July 19, we hope that the talk on Sikh Rehat Maryada will generate an interest amongst the sangat leading to a greater participation in the workshop, for which the Gurdwara seems a more appropriate venue.  Continue reading

Readings for June – Singh Sabha Movement

14 Jun

Readings on the Singh Sabha Movement.

  1. Singh Sabha Movement by Prin. Teja Singh (from the book, Essays in Sikhism) It is a small reading; don’t let the pdf file size (4.87 mb) fool you.
  2. Singh Sabha Movement by New England Sikh Study Circle
  3. Singh Sabha Movement by Gurdarshan Singh (Chapter from the book ‘History and Culture of Punjab’). Opens in Google Books. (This reading has got more numbers and dates than the above two have.)

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KEY PEOPLE & THEIR WORK: Below are some links related to people who played a key role in the Singh Sabha Movement, their work and some key events that occurred during that period.

  1. A short write-up on Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha here and here.
  2. And on the book “Hum Hindu Nahin” by Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha written during the Singh Sabha Movement
  3. On Bhai Ditt Singh
  4. On Bhai Vir Singh (from SikhiWiki) (One of his works: Sundri)

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CONTROVERSIES & DEBATES: Singh Sabha Movement

  1. “From Ritual to Counter-Ritual: Rethinking the Hindu-Sikh Question 1884 – 1915”  – by Harjot Oberoi (At the heart of the controversy is his overarching thesis that Sikhs did not have a form and identity distinct from the Hindus until the Singh Sabha Movement).
  2. “Women in the Singh Sabha Movement” – by Doris Jakobsh (from “Relocating Gender in Sikh History”)
  3. “The Historical Roots of Sikh Communal Consciousness” – by Harnik Deol (from Religion and Nationalism in India: The case of Punjab)
  4. Singh Sabha Movement – A Revival” – by Dr. Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon (from the document put together by Sikh scholars across the world and submitted to the University of British Columbia).