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ZARA SATINDER HARPEETZara’s interest in understanding what it means to be Sikh, helps to launch her family's journey

PUSHPINDAR SINGH CHOPRA - Executive Editor of ‘Nishaan,” the quarterly Sikh magazine

Pushpindar Singh is Executive Editor of the Nishaan, ‘Illustrated Journal of the Sikhs’ published from New Dehli, launched in 1999.

Coming from a Gursikh family of Amritsar-Lahore, he grew up in a Services environment, studied at The Doon School at Dehra Dun and later the Punjab University, Chandigarh. He joined the Engineering Division of a multi-national company in Bombay, later becoming Chief Executive of a leading German aerospace company in 1978 which he headed for 24 years.

He is now engaged in historical research has published several books. Aerospace may be his profession, but Sikhism is his passion, exemplified by his devotion to the Nishaan magazine and regular participation in seminars and conferences organised by the Nagaara Trust.

In July 2014 he was invited to be part of the Centre for Guru Granth Sahib Studies at Rakabganj Sahib in New Delhi, chaired by the venerable Dr Jaswant Singh Neki, a most notable Sikh personality and well known to the community in San Jose.


DR. NIKKY-GUNINDER KAUR SINGH - Crawford Professor of Religious Studies, Colby

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh was born in India, and went to Stuart Hall, a Girls' Preparatory School in the USA. She received her BA in Philosophy and Religion from Wellesley College, her MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Temple University.

She is the Crawford Family Professor at Colby College in Maine, USA. Her interests focus on poetics and feminist issues. Nikky Singh has published extensively in the field of Sikhism, including The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus (HarperCollins and Penguin), Metaphysics and Physics of the Guru Granth Sahib (Sterling). Her book on Sikhism was translated into Japanese. She has lectured widely in North America, England, France, India, and Singapore, and her views have been aired on television and radio in America, Canada, Bangladesh, Australia, Ireland and India.

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PROFESSOR TAN TAI YONG - Executive Vice President, Yale-Nus College, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Professor Tan Tai Yong is a historian and currently Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) of Yale-NUS College. Prior to this, he was Vice Provost (Student Life) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2010 to 2014. Professor Tan is concurrently Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), a NUS-based research institute that is dedicated to research on contemporary India and the countries in the South Asian region. He is also a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP). Professor Tan has written extensively on South Asian history as well as on Southeast Asia and Singapore. His recent books include Singapore – A 700 Year History (2009), Creating ‘Greater Malaysia’: Decolonization and the Politics of Merger (2008); Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia: A Reader (co-edited, 2007); The Garrison State (2005), The Aftermath of Partition in South Asia (co-authored, 2000) and The Transformation of Southeast Asia: International Perspectives on De-colonization (co-edited, 2003).

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BRIGADIER SUKHJIT SINGH – 9th Maharaja of Kapurthala

Born 16th October 1934 in Kapurthala, educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and then attended the Indian Military Academy, (I.M.A.) Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, and was commissioned in 1954, as a Second Lieutenant in the Indian Army, rose to the rank of Brigadier in the Indian Army and won the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), the second highest gallantry award in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

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SIKH MOTORCYCLE CLUB – British Colombia, Canada

Sikh Motorcycle Club was established in 2002.Today, there are approximately 150 members.

Several members were interviewed for the film.

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SIKH STREET STYLE – UK- Pardeep Bahra and friends.

Pardeep runs the Singh Street Style fashion blog, perhaps the only street style blog for turban Sikh men.  These well-dressed men share fashion and lifestyle tips.

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