The Nishaan Nagaara, a quarterly highly illustrated journal, whose editorial Director is Dr Inderjit Singh of New York, had its first issue released in April 1999 by Dr Manmohan Singh (former Prime Minister of India). It has long been felt that the Sikh diaspora needs a rallying medium in the forum of an intelligently planned and well produced illustrated journal, to continually focus on the community’s endeavours, perpetuate traditions and thus reinforce the faith.
Edited by Mr Pushpindar Singh of New Delhi, the Nishaan Nagaara partners with the California-based Chardi Kalaa Foundation, whose Chairman Dr Inder Mohan Singh is also on Nishaan’s Editorial Board.
The Fifth Annual Conference on the Sikh scripture, Guru Granth Sahib, jointly hosted by the Chardi Kalaa Foundation and the San Jose Gurdwara, took place on 19 August 2017 at San Jose in California, USA. One of the largest and arguably most beautiful gurdwaras in North America, the Gurdwara Sahib at San Jose was founded in San Jose, California, USA in 1985 by members of the then-rapidly growing Sikh community in the Santa Clara ValleyView Book
Many readers surely wonder if this painful exploration of gaping wounds could help at all or will it add more pain and suffering? You be the judge but I beg of you, wait and read carefully what is now in your hands. We know that the events of 1984 were transformational and not for Sikhs alone.View Book
Nishaan-Nagaara are honoured as publishers of the venerable Dr Inder Jit Singh’s sixth book and are also privileged to have him as Editorial Director of the Nishaan, illustrated journal of the Sikhs, now in its 19th year of publication. Under aegis of The Nagaara Trust, ‘SIKHI: The Journey & The Destination’ is amongst the several publications undertaken periodically, a small contribution in enriching the legacy of the faith and its proponents, who stand unfailingly by the spiritual values of Sikhism in all its glory and splendour.View Book
Not surprising, therefore, that caravans of Sikh pilgrims from across the world, and more so from neighboring India, are anxious to visit Pakistan and reconnect with their history. This has not always been popular with India’s political bureaucracy. They see these visitors (largely Sikh) as possible enemies of India fraternising with Pakistan – the enemy du jour. The ethos, cuisine, and language that collectively define all Punjabis, Sikhs, Muslims or Hindus, stoke the politicallydriven suspicious mind and spills out onto society.View Book
I came to the United States when there were less than a handful of recognisable Sikhs in a mega-polis, the size of New York city. And then I spent years where there were even fewer. That gave new meaning to community and its psychologically meaningful absence, being a minority, sometimes of one.View Book
India’s momentous, though hesitant, steps towards self-determination and independence date from 1947; becoming the Republic of India took another three years to 1950. Nationhood was marked by a bloody partition of the Indian subcontinent into two nations – India and Pakistan. I was too young to be seriously affected, yet old enough to remember the events, and now almost 70 years later, to process them in my mind.View Book