Punjab Research Group

Analysis: Southern Punjab’s troubles —Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Posted in Articles by Pippa on June 19, 2009

Although all cities of Punjab have been rotting for decades under massive political and bureaucratic corruption, the towns of Southern Punjab have suffered the most

Culturally, there is not one but three Punjabs, excluding the one on the Indian side. If we don’t consider religion and its influence on community and identity formation, Indian Punjab would culturally and linguistically be a part of Central Punjab in Pakistan.

Apart from the familiar commonalities that are found among the ancient lands and peoples of the Indus, their dialects and social structures are very different. So are the patterns of leadership, elite formations and power relationships in society.

Southern Punjab, much like other parts of the country, no longer represents any ethnic cohesion. The ethnic-linguistic mix has greatly changed with migration from the other Punjabs since canal colonisation. And the pattern of migration through various land acquisition schemes, particularly after the absorption of the State of Bahawalpur into Punjab, has continued.
Read full article: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C06%5C16%5Cstory_16-6-2009_pg3_2

Teaching Fellow in Modern Asian History – University of Leicester

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on June 19, 2009

Department of Historical Studies

Available from 1 September 2009 to 30 June 2010

The post holder will undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the areas of global history and colonial urban history. The individual will also carry out administration and other activities that contribute to and support the work of the School in developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University. We welcome applications specialising on India, China and/ or South East Asia, with a particular interest in the history of cities. This post is funded through the award of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Further details: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobs/YC803/Teaching_Fellow_in_Modern_Asian_History/r

Closing Date: 3 July 2009

Lecturer in History – Expertise in an aspect of World or Imperial/Colonial history of the 19th and 20th centuries

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on June 19, 2009

University of Plymouth

The School of Humanities and Performing Arts is a vibrant, enterprising academic community comprising History, English and Creative Writing, Art History, Theatre and Performance, Dance Theatre and Music. It was a significant contributor to the university’s outstanding success in the 2008 RAE. The School prides itself on its research culture, the popularity and quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and its supportive, collegiate working environment. This permanent appointment is available from 1 September 2009.

Further details: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobs/QV049/Lecturer_in_History/r


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Visiting Research Fellowships at ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient) in Berlin

Posted in Research Fellowships by Pippa on June 19, 2009

ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient) in Berlin is advertising Visiting Research Fellowships for 2010, for researchers engaging in projects relevant to ZMO’s research profile (see webpage at http://www.zmo.de). ZMO is an interdisciplinary research institute with an international community of researchers pursuing research with regional and trans-regional focus on societies in Africa, the Middle East, and South- and South-East Asia and their interrelations (as well as their relations to Europe).

The call is open for senior researchers and recent postdocs as well as finishing PhD students in the humanities and social sciences.

ZMO also welcomes researchers who have already secured their own monies to pursue research at the centre, and encourage inquiries and applications along these lines as well. For selected projects and candidates, we will be able to supply office space and a highly stimulating research environment. For any further information, please consult our website, or contact us directly at zmo@rz.hu-berlin.de. Website: http://www.zmo.de/index_e.html

Deadline: 1 September 2009

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Announcement of Professorship – The Georg-August-University Göttingen

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on June 19, 2009

For the Centre of Modern Indian Studies, the University, with funding from the state of Lower Saxony (Land Niedersachsen), is setting up five new professorships to ensure the creation of an excellent and internationally visible centre for area studies.

  • A professorship in Society and Culture of Modern India (W3) with a regional focus on India and thematic expertise in social structure, ethnic religious diversity, and legal pluralism;
  • A professorship in Indian Economic Development (W3), with a research focus on development economics issues in India and particular competence in inequality or poverty issues, political economy, or India-specific financial topics;
  • A professorship in Modern Indian History (W3), preferably with a historical focus on modern Indian economic and social history, and a strong competency in Indian languages;
  • A professorship in Indian Religions (W2), with particular competencies in modern Hinduism, Islam, and/or other religions prevalent in India;
  • A professorship in Indian State and Democracy (W3) with a particular focus on Indian politics, Indian constitutional theory, Indian law, or comparative legal studies


PUNJABI POETRY ON WAR by Amarjit Chandan

Posted in Articles, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on June 19, 2009

unhorsesI hail from a cursed land – partitioned land of five rivers – the Punjab. Since 1947, the East Punjab is in India, and the West Punjab is in Pakistan. Being the gateway from the northwest to the Indian sub-continent, for three millennia foreign invaders played havoc to its natives. First came the Aryans about fifteen centuries before the birth of Christ and occupied most of northern Hindustan. Other races – the Persians, the Greeks under Alexander the Great, Bactrians, Scythians, Mongol Huns, Mughals, and Afghans, followed them. In the end came the British. They occupied the Punjab in 1849 ruling over it for a century and left in 1947 dismembering it.

Summing up Punjabi people’s centuries old catastrophic history in just five sentences may seem rigorous, but even volumes will betray inadequacy of language to express the loss. A royal throne looted from Delhi and gifted to the Sultan of Turkey by Nadir Shah of Iran lying in the Topkapi Palace museum in Istanbul is a URL [universal resource locator] link to the troubled history of the Punjab.

Read full article: http://sikhfoundation.org/article-Amarjit_Chandan.asp

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Revealed: the woman who terrified the British Empire

Posted in Articles, Book reviews by Pippa on June 9, 2009

A new biography explains how Jind Kaur, last queen of the Punjab, died in Victorian London By Jerome Taylor

The Independent, Monday, 25 May 2009

 On 1 August 1863, shortly after 6:15 in the evening, a frail and partially-blind queen who had spent much of her life raging against the British Empire, died in her bed on the top floor of a Kensington townhouse.

It was a peculiar and remarkably quiet end for a woman once the scourge of the British Raj in India. Only 15 years earlier, Jind Kaur, the Maharani of the Punjab, had encouraged the Sikh Empire to wage two disastrous wars against the British which led to the annexation of the Punjab and Jind being torn from her son when he was just nine-years-old.

Adopted by a dour colonial surgeon, that son, Duleep Singh, swiftly shed his Punjabi customs, converted to Christianity and moved to England to live the life of a respectable country squire, shooting grouse on his estate and hosting decadent parties for Britain’s Victorian elite. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/revealed-the-woman-who-terrified-the-british-empire-1690412.html

Get the book: Sovereign, Squire and Rebel: Maharajah Duleep Singh and the Heirs of a Lost Kingdom by Peter Bance (2009) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sovereign-Squire-Rebel-Maharajah-Kingdom/dp/0956127002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244583908&sr=8-1

Is caste prejudice still an issue? By John McManus

Posted in Articles by Pippa on June 9, 2009

BBC News
Groups who say they face discrimination within their religions because of their ranking in society are gathering for a conference in London on the theme of “untouchability”. But is the caste system still used as means of excluding people within some religious groups in Britain?

The first world conference on “untouchability” aims to draw together the experiences of people from as far afield as Nigeria, Britain, and Japan.

Such “untouchability” or social exclusion, based on membership of certain groups, is a continuing problem for sections of the population worldwide, say the conference organisers.


Prof. Jagan Nath Azad: Creator of Pakistan’s First National Anthem by Adil Najam

Posted in Articles by Pippa on June 9, 2009

I am ashamed that until recently I did not know who Jagan Nath Azad was, or what he did. I am glad that I now know. I hope you are too.

First, the basics: Jagannath Azad (1918-2004) was an Urdu poet, a Punjabi Hindu, and a scholar of Iqbal’s poetry who, on the direct invitation of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, wrote Pakistan’s first national anthem, which remained Pakistan’s official anthem for its first year-and-half and whose first lines were as follows:

Aé sarzameené paak
Zarray teray haéñ aaj sitaaroñ se taabnaak
Roshan haé kehkashaañ se kaheeñ aaj tayree khaak
Aé sarzameené paak

 Jagan Nath Azad was born in 1918 in Isa Khel in the Punjab (later of Atta Ullah Khan Eesakhelvi fame), he studied at Gordon College in Rawalpindi, and the University of the Punjab in Lahore. At the time of partition in 1947, he was a journalist and a poet living in Lahore. Mr.  Jinnah asked him to write a new national anthem for Pakistan. The anthem was used for 18 months, until it was replaced (after Mr. Jinnah’s death). Some time after writing the national anthem, he migrated to India, where from 1977 to 1980 he was a Professor of Urdu and head of Urdu department at the Unversity of Jammu. Prof. Azad was a noted authority on the works of Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal. He was awarded the President of Pakistan’s gold medal for his services to Urdu literature.

Read full article: http://pakistaniat.com/2009/06/05/jagannath-azad/

LSE Fellow in Global Politics

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on June 9, 2009

Department of Government – (two year fixed term post)

You will contribute to the teaching of Global Politics in the Department of Government at the LSE, specifically on the core course, From Empire to Globalisation.

You should have experience and a specific interest in global politics. You should also ideally have a completed PhD, as well as relevant publications. Previous teaching experience is essential.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5:30pm on 1 July 2009.


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Call for papers – 6th International Scientific Conference of Philosophy, Religion and Culture of Asian Countries

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on June 9, 2009

3 – 6th February, 2010.

The SIXTH annual international scientific conference named in honor of Evgeny Torchinov (1956 – 2003), an outstanding Russian researcher of Asian cultures and methods of religions, is going to be held at the Faculty of Philosophy and Political Studies of the Saint-Petersburg, State University (Russia)

The central focus of issues at the Readings this time will be concentrated on investigations of ideals, norms and values of Eastern cultures.


Ideals of Asian religious traditions

Notions of values, ideals and norms in Asian systems of philosophy

Ideal society and ideal man at the East

System of values in Asian cultures

Oriental cultures in Western countries: exotics or norm?

Western values and norms in Asian countries: adoption and a rejection

Axiological imperatives in the era of the globalization: a contribution of the East

Understanding the spiritual values of Asian cultures in Russia and in countries of the West

Reflection of ideals of Asian traditions in literature and art

Systems of norms and the ideal of an individual in Asian traditions

Asian psycho technologies and norms of ordinary consciousness

Dead-line of applications for non-residents of Russia is September 13, 2009. Besides that Org. committee accepts applications for the organization of round tables, presentations, proposals for organizations of cultural program till the end of December, 2009Working languages of the conference are Russian and English.

 All questions are welcome by e-mail: info@torchinov.ru/

Additional information about the conference is also at our site, see: http://torchinov.ru/en/node/14 
Organizational committee:   Dr. Prof. Yury Solonin (President), P. Olivelle, PhD, professor (Univ. of Texas, Austin, USA), J. Mc-Rae, PhD, professor (Komazawa Univ., Tokyo, Japan), R. Gimello, Ph D, professor (Univ. of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA), Dr. Prof. Victor Petrenko, Dr. Prof. Alexander Boronoev, Dr. Prof. Irina Popova, Dr. Prof. Marina Kravtsova, Dr. Prof. Anatoly Kolesnikov, Dr. Vladimir Emelyanov, Dr. Cyril Solonin, Dr. Tigran Tumanyan, Dr. Sergey Pakhomov (general coordinator)

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What Makhan Singh means to me by Amarjit Chandan

Posted in Articles, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on June 9, 2009

Paper presented at:

Trade Union and Working Class Struggles: Makhan Singh and the TU Movement in Kenya. Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University. 25 March 2009

 From the window of the departing train I vaguely remember the figure of Makhan Singh waving and saying Sat Sri Akal (God is Truth) – goodbye (God be with you). This was to be the last time we saw him. My father and Makhan Singh never met again. Four months later Makhan Singh was to be arrested and spent almost 12 years in solitary confinement. My father was to die in the Punjab in 1969 and Makhan Singh four years later in Nairobi.

Read full paper:what makhan singh means to me

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