articles by Sarbpreet Singh

Arts & Culture

Read an excerpt from Sarbpreet Singh's Night of the Restless Spirits, a searing narrative of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Eight stories chronicle the lives of different characters attesting to the loss, betrayals and rage wrought by the violence of 1984.


On Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary, a look at founder of the Sikh faith's roar against tyranny, through verses

It sometimes seems that Guru Nanak has been reduced to a caricature of himself, characterised primarily by the bazaar art that typically depicts him as a greybeard in a white or saffron turban, deep in meditation. In reality, his roar against tyranny and oppression reverberated through the Punjab in the 18th-century, a time of great instability and turmoil


Guru Nanak's langar and legacy: Tracing the origin of the practice, what it says about his commitment to inclusion

The practice of langar, whereby Sikh gurdwaras around the world serve free food and the poor and hungry can eat there as often as they want, emerged because of Guru Nanak's failure as a merchant. It is an embodiment of his compassion and rejection of caste


On Operation Blue Star's 35th anniversary, examining its historical precedents for Sikhs

As we approach the 35th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, the Indira Gandhi-ordered attack on the Sri Harmandir Sahib and the Akal Takhat (where Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was headquartered), it is impossible not to place it on the context of Sikh history.