The Sikh Next Door: An Identity In Transition – Manpreet J. Singh


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The Sikhs have been a people in transition. Unwanted displacements, but also willing movements, and a changing world have led them through demographic, occupational and experiential shifts. While this has led to the evolution of new facets within the community, it has also evoked mixed responses from outside.

As new generations of Sikhs engage with the world through sensibilities defined by their contemporary contexts, they find themselves constructed in images dissonant with their lived realities. The Sikh Next Door: An Identity in Transition traces these changes while also making an incisive analysis of old stereotypes – some heroic, some menacing and some farcical.

It simultaneously brings into focus the real people behind these images, their varying social stances and their collective commitment to a common religious identity.

The work attempts to reframe the Sikhs, bending a few existing narratives and offering an impetus for a more nuanced understanding of the community.


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