SIKH STUDY – INITIAL IDEAS ON INFORMATION NEEDS

1. A review of Sikhs in the history of parts now comprising Pakistan starting from the Guru’s time through the tumultuous 18th century period of Sikh ascendancy, the Sikh rule, the British colonial period to 1947.How important have those geographic areas been to the unfolding of Sikh historyand experience as it did?

2. Summing of Sikh loss and nostalgia for life that was living in those parts as expressed in reports, writings, stories, songs, movies etc.

3. An assessment of significance of loss of Sikh heritage as available from any studies, documents and records

4.Relative contribution in pre-partition times by Sikhs belonging to areas comprising Pakistan versus those comprising India in:

  • Political leadership
  • Arts
  • Literature
  • Music, performing arts
  • Academia
  • Science, technology
  • Media, press, publications
  • Economic well being
  • Military services, police, civil administration
  • Awards/honors/recognition
  • Educational institutions – schools, colleges, professional institutes
  • Professions – doctors, lawyers, engineers, others
  • Education levels – male, female
  • Women’s role
  • Religious thought, commentaries, exegesis, reform
  • Creation & development of Sikh institutions
  • Propagation of faith
  • Kathakars, ragis, gyanis, sants
  • Population change trends since records are kept including breakdown of sehjdhari sikhs, Sikh-Hindu, Mazhbi Sikhs in both geographic areas
  • Loss of life and property as a result of partition by Muslims in NW parts of India and Sikhs and Hindus in Pakistan – if possible separate for the two communities
  • Minority protection in India – any assessment studies
  • Future for Indian minorities – possibilities and paradigm of relations
  • Cultural challenges for minorities, survival and transmission issues
  • What may the future hold for Sikhs in India and the sub-continent.

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