iWitness: Royal Impressions 1854

In the week of the death anniversary of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) we access her private diaries to discover something of her initial impressions of the deposed boy king of the Sikhs, Maharaja Duleep Singh (1838-1893).

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Better Half: Ladies First?

This week has seen the inauguration of President Obama. Integral to the procedure was his wife and First Lady, Michelle. Notably the day included the first Sikh woman to offer prayer at the Inaugural Prayer Service, Sapreet Kaur.

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Home Abroad: Passing of a Pioneer

In this week’s HomeAbroad column featuring Sikh adventurers who migrated from the subcontinent to establish new lives across the globe, we celebrate the life of a true pioneer, Bahadur Singh Landa (1932-2013). Bahadur means ‘Brave’ and is an apt name for today’s HomeAbroad hero.

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The Camera Never Lies: The King’s Uncle

As part of our regular showcase of vintage Sikh photography, this week we feature a contemporary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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Thought for the Day: Turbans on TV

Are the recent TV appearances on both sides of the Atlantic by turbanned young Sikhs the beginnings of mainstreaming the turban in the west? Do Sikhs entering talent shows or dating competitions help to educate and ‘normalise’ the turban in societies where it is still viewed with suspicion, if not downright hostility?

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No Sacred Cows: Cash for Favours

Our regular Saturday column is No Sacred Cows. What’s a sacred cow? Its defined as ‘something that is considered immune from question or criticism, especially unreasonably so’.

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Way of the Warrior: Once Were Warriors?

Way of the Warrior is a new column for Fridays that will grapple, no holds barred, with the traditional martial lifestyle of the Sikhs and its relevance to modern life.

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Your Shout: Difference Rules OK!

This week’s Your Shout comes from Amanroop Kaur who offers us up her review of ‘The Boy in the Dress’, British comedian and actor David Walliams’ critically acclaimed children’s book (released 2008). It explores challenging themes and features a young Sikh boy as one of the main characters.

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iWitness: Attack on Fakirs 1796

We delve deep into the archives for our new column, iWitness, which looks at what eyewitnesses of the distant past had to say about the Sikhs they encountered. As the Kumbh Mela gets underway this week, we kick off with an account of a shocking incident involving Sikhs at this great gathering of humanity some 200 years ago.

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Better Half: Women in Sikhism

Women in Sikhism. Where are all the sisters (and mothers and daughters)?! They’re here – every Wednesday – that’s where! The Better Half weekly column seeks to shine a light on the lives and contributions of Sikh women through the ages.

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