November 6, 2020 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Partnership in Promoting Punjabi Art and Literature (PIPPAḶ) – a U.S. nonprofit formed to popularize Punjabi language and heritage amongst young generation launched the dual-language editions of its book on the life of Jaswant Singh Khalra — for children and youth.
In the fully illustrated, hardcover editions of 225 pages each, Gurmeet Kaur, author of the series Fascinating Folktales of Punjab takes her young readers on a journey through the life and times of the iconic human rights activist, Jaswant Singh Khalra (1952 – 1995), who was tortured and brutally murdered in custody for valiantly standing by the hapless victims of state oppression; with a comprehensive overview of the recent history of the Sikhs and Punjab — A journey every child and family interested in social activism and the twentieth-century history of Punjab should make.
The book was launched by Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra (Khalra Mission Organization), Rajvinder Singh Bains (Punjab Human Rights Organization), Gurbachan Singh and Jaspal Singh Sidhu in Chandigarh Press Club on October 24th, 2020. The launch was followed by a book dedication in Toronto, Canada, at the Ontario Khalsa Darbar, Mississauga, on the same day. There, the author dedicated the book to Jaswant Singh Khalra at the same spot where he delivered his iconic speech – “I Challenge the Darkness,” twenty five years ago, before he was murdered upon his return to Punjab. The dedication was hosted by the World Sikh Organization.
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