Punjab Research Group

Talking of turbulence by Nonika Singh

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on March 1, 2012

The Tribune 10 April 2011

Human rights issues in India might be perceived as “ivory tower intellectualism.” However, that didn’t deter India-born Oxford Brooks University reader Pritam Singh from exploring the same in his latest book, Economy, Culture and Human Rights: Turbulence in Punjab, India and Beyond.

The trigger for the book, he recalls, lay in a personal experience. Sympathetic to the Naxal cause, he remembered the days when he was picked up by the police and tortured. The book, however, only takes off from that personal suffering and soon spawns into a deeper analysis of the significance of human rights in today’s economic order.

First and foremost, he describes two kinds of approach to human rights, the intrinsic worth and the instrumentalist. While the first one focuses on human rights as an end it itself the other approach he asserts uses human rights as a means, as an instrument towards another end. The ends could vary from secession to national causes to military conflict or suppression of an armed struggle. Predictably, he favours the first approach but adds that sadly, there are a few humans right groups, which have no other axe to grind and have only one mission: to ensure human rights for people.

Read full interview: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110410/spectrum/book9.htm

If you would like to buy a copy of the book please find details on attached flyer:Pritam Flyer non-Indian, pb

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PRG meeting October 2011 – Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Posted in PRG Meetings by Pippa on October 31, 2011

This meeting was kindly organised by Kaveri Qureshi and supported by Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

Adnan Rafiq, DPhil Candidate Politics, University of Oxford
‘Challenging Social Structures: A Practice-based Model for Understanding Maverick Behaviour’

Muhammad Shafique, Department of History, University College London
‘Cunningham’s Lahore 1832-1849: Cultural Homogenization of Religio-Political Heterogeneity under Sikhs’

Pritam Singh, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University
‘Instrumentalist versus intrinsic worth conception of human rights: the context of India and Punjab’

Gurdeep Khabra, PhD Candidate, School of Music, University of Liverpool
‘Music and the Heritage of the Punjabi Diaspora: Narrations of Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity’

Rusi Jaspal, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
‘The construction of ethno-religious identity among a group of second generation British Sikhs: a socio-psychological approach’

Celebrating Social Commitment: Meeto Memorial Award for Young South Asians

Posted in Funding opportunities, News/Information by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities: Issues for Policy and Practice

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on October 18, 2009

Edited by Ravi K Thiara and Aisha K Gill, Foreword by Professor Liz Kelly CBE

‘This book is powerful, challenging and inspirational, and is an important contribution to debates on the complex intersections between ethnicity, gender and inequality, as well as on human rights and violence against women. Thiara and Gill and the contributors to this text skillfully unpick the flawed thinking and policy initiatives directed at gender-based violence over the past 30 years and especially in the post 9/11 period community cohesion and anti-terrorism initiatives.’
– Dr Lorraine Radford, Head of Research, NSPCC

‘This is a stimulating and provocative collection which explores the difficult concepts of ‘multiculturalism’, ‘ethnic identity’ and ‘secularisation’ in relation to gendered violence. The authors challenge myths and stereotypes about the ‘Asian’ experience in relation to interpersonal violence without oversimplifying or homogenising black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s experiences. Despite cataloguing the ongoing struggles against racism and misogyny, and the intersection of both, the editors conclude the text with optimism; an additional reason to recommend this text to all policy makers, practitioners, academics and students, as well as those interested in the provenance of BME anti-violence organisations and current UK policy.’
– Dr Melanie McCarry, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol


Remembering Ram Narayan Kumar

Posted in Articles by Pippa on July 5, 2009

On Sunday, 28 June 2009 Ram Narayan Kumar, a colleague and friend of PRG members, sadly passed away. He was a dedicated human rights activist and staunch critic of the brutality of state suppression of armed conflicts in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast India, Nepal and other parts of the subcontinent. Kumar worked right next door at the South Asian Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR) on issues of culture and impunity in the region, where he integrated innovative research methods with firm principles of ethics and justice.

Read further: http://sikhsangat.org/1469/2009/07/a-crusader-punjab-will-remain-indebted-to/



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Modern Poetry in Translation – next edition ‘Freed Speech’

Posted in Academic Journals, News/Information, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on April 15, 2009

The next issue of Modern Poetry in Translation (Third Series, Number 12, autumn 2009) will be called ‘Freed Speech’.


Last year saw the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of those rights is freedom of speech. In our next issue we want to celebrate speech that has been freed. Poetry and translation, working together, have often been the means and the best expression of that liberation. We want examples from past and present, from all over the world, from all manner of circumstances, of people being enabled to speak and of their voices being heard. Of course, we must show the repression and harming of those voices too. But chiefly we hope this issue will be celebratory.We want it to show the triumph of the will to speak, the freeing, the recovery and the enjoyment of tongues. And in this might be included texts which, for one reason or another lost or hidden, have now come to light   


Submissions should be sent by 1 August 2009, please, in hard copy, with return postage, to The Editors, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Queen’s College, Oxford, OX1 4AW.  Unless agreed in advance, submissions by email will not be accepted. Only very exceptionally will we consider work that has already been published elsewhere. Translators are themselves responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions. Since we do sometimes authorize further publication on one or two very reputable websites of work that has appeared in MPT, the permissions should cover that possibility.


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