Amardeep Singh left his life in the corporate world to investigate his ancestral history in Pakistan. Little did he know that this would lead him on two trans-Pakistani tours documenting the ancient forts, houses, and places of worship left behind by the Sikhs after India's partition. His work is compiled in two books: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan and The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan.
Not only do they show the rich cultural legacy of pre-partition Punjab, but they speak to those people's memories of a society less divided across religious boundaries. We discuss this as well as how and why these divisions were deepened and how they contributed to the fracture of these once coexisting communities.
You can follow Amardeep and purchase his books at lostheritagebook.com
Reading list for further knowledge on the construction of religious and racial boundaries in India and the United States respectively:
Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair - Religion and the Spectre of the West
Harjot Oberoi - The Construction of Religious Boundaries
Karen and Barbara Fields - Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life
Aziz Rana - The Two Faces of American Freedom
You can read my review of both Lost Heritage books here.
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