A new look for Punjab Heritage News October 13th, 2009 by Amandeep Madra Source: news.ukpha.org Punjab Heritage News has a new look and a fantastic new feature that will ensure that this site continues its role as the principle source of information and news about the heritage of the Punjab. The two-decade rich archive of hundreds of news stories which has made Punjab Heritage News an invaluable resource will remain. This archive is being steadily expanded with new stories added on a regular basis and archived stories being added as they are uncovered in archives. An invaluable new feature added to the refreshed site is a Punjab Heritage Blog which is a exciting new source of opinion and commentary from eminent experts and writers about matters relating to Punjabi and Sikh heritage The contributors to the Punjab Heritage Blog are a broad mix of writers, experts and commentators who will provide a regular mix of stories and opinions about the heritage of the Punjab. Occasionally we will blog about a broader scope of issues reflecting the diversity of our readers and the specific interests that each of us has. Harbakhsh Grewal is a public relations professional with over ten years experience of working both in Parliament for a senior backbench MP. Harbakhsh has a strong interest in Sikh, Punjabi and Indian culture and history which has led him to undertake his own research. A keen amateur photographer with a special interest in Punjab and India, he also holds a degree in business studies and recently provided marketing consultancy advice to a social enterprise start-up. Harbakhsh will blog about everything. Amandeep Madra Amandeep Madra- Editor. Amandeep is a founding member of UKPHA. With Parmjit Singh, he has co-authored two books on Sikh history and articles to the ‘New Dictionary of National Biography’ (OUP, 2004). Amandeep has lectured extensively in the UK and USA on Sikh arts and heritage. Amandeep will blog about everything Parmjit Singh Parmjit Singh. Parmjit is a founding member of UKPHA. With Amandeep Madra, he co-authored ‘Warrior Saints’ and co-edited their second work, ‘Eyewitness Accounts of the Sikhs’. More recently he collaborated with Nidar Singh Nihang on the book ‘In the Master’s Presence (Kashi House, 2008). More recently, Parmjit worked as special consultant for the BBC series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, The Discovery Channel and other media outloets. Parmjit will blog about Sikh martial heritage Bibi Kiranjot Kaur Bibi Kiranjot Kaur. Kiranjot Kaur is a senior SGPC member and has previously held the position of General Secretary of the SGPC. Kiranjot Kaur has deep personal interest in Sikh material heritage and has championed high profile conservation causes. Kiranjot’s rich family heritage include her mother Bibi (Dr) Rajinder Kaur a member of the Rajya Sabha and editor of Sant Sipahi and her grandfather Master Tara Singh. Kiranjot will blog about heritage issues in addition to wide variety of Sikh political issues. Introducing Bibi Kiranjot Kaur : Amritsar Notes By Kiranjot Kaur on October 12, 2009 Editor : Punjab Heritage news is delighted to introduce Bibi Kiranjot Kaur as a leading member of the blog team. Her insight into the heritage of the city of Amritsar and Sikh politics will be an invaluable addition to this site’s aims. Kiranjot Kaur explains her reasons in this opening piece… Why Blog? Sikhs are no longer limited to Punjab, they are a global community with its headquarter at Akal Takht Sahib Amritsar. Any Hukamnama from Akal Takht is binding on the Sikhs and affects the whole community. Therefore happenings at Akal Takht are always of interest to the Sikhs. In the changing times new issues are being thrown up that need a discussion within the community. Technology has made it possible to overcome physical distance and build religious and spiritual closeness within the Sikhs. On this platform I want to share my point of view and learn about the other viewpoints to be able to give a balanced input for issues that arise within the community at the relevant platforms whether at the level of SGPC or Akal Takht. No Topic is Taboo The life of a Sikh cannot be compartmentalized. A Sikh cannot say he is only religious and not political because Sikh Philosophy says to fight against injustice is also part of religion. Injustice is meted out by those who wield power.To bear injustice under the garb of non-violence is cowardice ! Political injustice has to be fought out politically. Sikh cultural heritage is under threat… architectural, panjabi language, sikh traditions, Sikh swaroop, etc in modern times. Change is inevitable with time, what we need is to form an opinion upon how much and on which issues is change acceptable. Kiranjot Kaur is a senior SGPC member and has previously held the position of General Secretary of the SGPC. Kiranjot Kaur has deep personal interest in Sikh material heritage and has championed high profile conservation causes. Kiranjot’s rich family heritage include her mother Bibi (Dr) Rajinder Kaur a member of the Rajya Sabha and editor of Sant Sipahi and her grandfather Master Tara Singh.