Articles by Vishavjit Singh
Gurnihal Singh is 29 years old. He works as a software developer at an accounting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up in Punjab and immigrated to the United States at the age of 21. I caught up with him one foggy afternoon at a café in San Francisco overlooking the majestic Golden Gate Bridge to ponder upon the passion in this young Sikh’s life.
Knowing the facts is one aspect of the learning process whereas dedicating a day every year will inspire the community and instill in them the courage and spirit of our forefathers and mothers. Although the ultimate inspiration and realization has to come from actions in the present moment, be it ones own actions or that of others, nonetheless the need for marking important dates and celebrating them annually is still paramount.
I want to warn the readers at the outset, this article raises a lot of questions but offers few answers. But it is usually asking the right questions, which leads one to viable solutions than answering a load of questions that don’t quite hit the spot.
Oh, you miserable wretches! Your brother is maltreated and you shut your eyes! The victim cries loud, and you keep mum? The bully goes around, selects his victim, and you say: He’ll spare us because we hide our disapproval (Bertolt Brecht). What struck me the most was that with the passage of time the fateful events of 1984 got buried deep beneath the daily rumble of life to the point that I had forgotten the events on this 18th anniversary of 1984.
O Jerusalem is a journey into the blood and flesh of Jerusalem via the vehicle of written records from various sources, Jewish, English and Arab. A brief incursion into the founding of the Zionist movement sets the stage for the people and organizations who brought together diverse skills, resources, desires, desperations, the past and a collective will to carve a home in an ancestral land.
It is not uncommon to be in Sikh gatherings these days and hear the word ‘Media’ come up in presentations, discussions and small talk. The events of September 11th have inadvertently accentuated the presence of media, which to begin with has been fairly ubiquitous in the pre-September days.
I always think that the real offenders at the half way mark of the century were the bystanders, all those people who let things happen because it didn’t affect them directly. – Rabbi Hugo Gryn, Holocaust survivor
Imagine a survey among Sikh youth with the following question, ‘Name a Sikh poet, from the past or the current times’. A large majority will be at a loss for words. A few might come up with some names. Overall the results of the survey will point to a perceptible absence of poets within the community.
With conflicts raging around the globe, Fear, Ignorance, and Conscience, engage in a dialogue sharing their feelings about communal fires raging within the Indian subcontinent.