Decolonizing Sikh Studies Some Considerations

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Gurpreet Mahajan


A call for decolonization must begin by acknowledging the context in which Sikh Studies has emerged in the west and the struggle for respect and recognition that marks the life of minorities. As our capacity to pursue an agenda for intra-group equality is constrained by the presence of inter-group inequalities, the two concerns must go together. Besides, as a discipline, Sikh Studies should aim to expose students to diverse epistemological frameworks so that they can craft an agenda for themselves and sustain spaces for dialogue.

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Mahajan, G. (2021). Decolonizing Sikh Studies: Some Considerations. Journal of World Philosophies, 6(1), 183–185. Retrieved from
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Gurpreet Mahajan, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Gurpreet Mahajan was Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is the author of several works including India: Political Ideas and the Making of a Democratic Discourse (2013), Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences, 3rd ed. (2011), Accommodating Diversity: Ideas and Institutional Practices (2011), The Multicultural Path: Issues of Diversity and Discrimination in a Democracy (2003), and Identities and Rights: Aspects of Liberal Democracy in India (2000). She has published several articles and edited volumes on the subject of democratic citizenship, religion and state, and social justice.