17 April 2018
Professor Gurharpal Singh of the School of History, Religions and Philosophies at SOAS University of London has been awarded a Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust for a project on Sikhs and the Partition of India.
The two-year project ‘A World Turned Upside Down: Sikhs and the Partition of India’ will aim to make a major contribution to our understanding of the communities that were marginalised by the struggle for independence.
Professor Singh said: “After seventy years the causes and consequences of the partition of India are still poorly understood. Recent historiography has highlighted the need for a more complex understanding of the role of religion in these processes.
“The research project will evaluate the efforts of Sikh leaders to prevent the division of Punjab, the impact of the pre-partition years on Sikhism, the role of Sikhs in the 1947 violence and the long-term consequences for Sikhs in India and the diaspora
“I have worked extensively on the partition of India, but this will give me an opportunity to reflect much more closely on the Sikh community. The seventieth anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan last year highlighted the immense importance of the subject in South Asia and beyond.”
The Fellowship will begin in September 2018.