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Giani Dit Singh & Caste Dynamics

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Join us as we welcome Harinder Singh and Surinder Singh Jodhka for a cross-continental conversation on historical and contemporary caste dynamics through the life and times of Giani Dit Singh. How did Guru Nanak Sahib approach one of the most rigid social constructions of the time? How is caste similar to and different from its original intent and practice in larger Hindu and Indic society? How did this lay the foundations for principled anti-caste practice? How do caste dynamics continue to play out in Panjab, India, and abroad?

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Webinar hosting presenter Surinder Singh J
Surinder S. Jodhka is Professor of Sociology at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He researches on different dimensions of social inequalities – old and new – and the processes of their reproduction. Empirical focus of his work has been the dynamics of caste; studies of agrarian social change and contemporary rural India; and the political sociology community identities. His recent publications include India’s Villages in the 21st Century: Revisits and Revisions (edited with Edward Simpson 2019 OUP); Mapping the Elite: Power, Priviledge and Inequality (edited with Jules Naudet. OUP 2019). A Handbook of Rural India. 2018 Orient Blackswan (ed.). Contested Hierarchies: Caste and Power in 21st Century. Orient Blackswan (co-edited with James Manor) 2018. Inequality in Capitalist Societies. Routledge (co-authored with Boike Rehbien and Jesse Souza) 2018. The Indian Middle Class OUP 2016 (co-authored with Aseem Prakash); Caste in Contemporary India Routledge 2015; Interrogating India’s Modernity. OUP 2013 (ed.); Caste: Oxford India Short Introductions. OUP 2012. He is editor of the Routledge India book series on ‘Religion and Citizenship. He is among the first recipients of the ICSSR-Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists, for the year 2012.

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Harinder Singh serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). He is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. He co-founded the Sikh Research Institute and the Panjab Digital Library, organized the Free Akal Takht movement, and envisioned Kaur and Singh Academy.
Harinder has authored Emperor-Prophet: Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib: Its Language & Grammar, and Sikhi: Faith & Followers. As an editor, he has worked on Guru Gobind Singh Sahib & Sikhs in Bihar, The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body-Politic, and translated Love Harp (Prit Vina).

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, and the U.K. Ministry of Defence Chaplaincy Program.

A prolific public speaker, Harinder has spoken at Berkeley, Cambridge, Carleton, Langara, LSE, Northwestern, Oxford, Princeton, SFU, UT-Austin, Williams, Whitman, Yale, as well as JNU, Guru Nanak Dev University, and Punjabi University. He has also presented at the World Affairs Council, Dayal Singh Forum for Research & Culture, The Theosophical Society, Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh, BAMCEF, Chandigarh Museum, Seva Food Bank, Leicestershire Sikh Alliance, as well as numerous Sikh forums and Gurdwaras worldwide. His presentations to the business world included companies such as Accenture, Deloitte, EY, and PwC.

Besides consulting a variety of organizations on curriculums, exhibitions, and films, Harinder regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He has been featured on many documentaries on Sikh, Panjab, and South Asian matters. He served on the boards of the National Conference on Community and Justice, The Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, and The Nanakshahi Trust, among others.

Harinder Singh holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, MPhil in Guru Granth Sahib, and a Diploma in Persian Language. He is Guru’s Sikh, Panjab’s lover, and Begampura’s Jedi. He currently resides in the United States with his wife and two children. His current focus is on availing the message of the Guru Ganth Sahib to global populations and developing critical thinking in Sikh institutions.
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