The Department for Historical Studies at UTM and the Multi-Faith Centre at UTSG together with the Department for the Study of Religion are excited to present a virtual talk with Mallika Kaur on her recent book "Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper."
Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper
Punjab was the arena of one of the first major armed conflicts of post-colonial India. During its deadliest decade 1984-1994, as many as 250,000 people were killed. This book makes an urgent intervention in the history of the conflict, which to date has been characterized by a fixation on sensational violence—or ignored altogether. Mallika Kaur unearths the life stories of extraordinary people who found themselves at the center of Punjab's hazardous human rights movement. Braiding oral histories, community history going back to 1839, personal snapshots, and primary documents recovered from at-risk archives, Kaur shows that when entire conflicts are marginalized, we miss essential stories: stories of faith, feminist action, and the power of citizen-activists.
Bio: Mallika Kaur is a lawyer and writer who focuses on human rights, with a specialization in gender and minority issues. She received her BA from University of Chicago; Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and her Juris Doctorate from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she currently teaches skills-based and experiential social justice classes.
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