Read On! “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper”

Mallika Kaur‘s new book titled “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper,” released in January of 2020, centers around the stories of people at the forefront of Punjab’s hazardous human rights movement. The protagonists are human rights defenders who challenged the violence that paralyzed most others who were in a position to intervene. During its deadliest decade, as many as 250,000 people were killed in Punjab. Feminist and gender studies scholars will be interested in the book’s excavation of varied and hybrid roles assumed by Punjabi Sikh women, their negotiation of trauma amidst multiple responsibilities, while defying the stereotypes of a monolithic identity. This book highlights the inadequacies in international human rights studies of ‘violence against women’ and ‘gender-based violence,’ as well as the marginalizations within certain areas of feminist studies. It shows how attention to various forms of gendered violence—direct violence against women or indirect violence due to violence against men in their community—is necessary to end vicious cycles of violence in conflict and post-conflict zones and bring inclusive security to Punjab, South Asia and beyond.

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