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Simran Jeet Singh

Simran Jeet Singh is a scholar and historian of religion currently based at Union Seminary. He is a Senior Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting, a 2020 Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, and a Senior Fellow for the Sikh Coalition.

All Stories by Simran Jeet Singh

Human rights is on Blinken’s agenda in India. Can he make it stick?

By Simran Jeet Singh — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — If we are going to be partners, we have to hold India to the standards we expect from ourselves.

Hindutva’s threat to academic freedom

By Ananya Chakravarti, Purnima Dhavan, Manan Ahmed, Supriya Gandhi, Dheepa Sundaram, Audrey Truschke, Simran Jeet Singh — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — The Hindu right has attacked U.S.-based scholars for the past few decades, attempting to dissuade and discredit academic research.

The Atlanta spa shooting and the hate crime gap

By Simran Jeet Singh — May 14, 2021
(RNS) — Those targeted by hate see evidence of bias that law enforcement doesn't see.

Treating the Indianapolis attack as a hate crime will keep us all safer

By Simran Jeet Singh — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — Eyewitness accounts suggest bias as a motivation for the shooting.

Moving from pain to action: an address to the Sikh community after Indianapolis

By Simran Jeet Singh — April 17, 2021
(RNS) — What have we done to fulfill our promise to make the world a better and safer place?

Why Hindu nationalists are attacking Sikhs in Australia

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — Hindu nationalists outside India are now terrorizing Sikhs in response to the historic farmer protests.

In US Capitol attack, America’s violent gun culture finally reached its source

By Simran Jeet Singh — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — Gun violence is not an issue that can be solved through legislation alone; it will require moral and religious efforts as well.

Biden’s transition team wanted to talk about religious freedom. Here’s what I told them.

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 14, 2021
(RNS) — What I said had as much to do with racial justice as religious freedom, as the two are inextricably linked.

If the mob’s attack on the Capitol surprised you, you weren’t paying attention

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 7, 2021
(RNS) — The truth is, this is precisely who we are. White supremacy is at the foundation of this country.

In 2020, a small but timely library of Sikh history

By Simran Jeet Singh — December 29, 2020
(RNS) — Distinctive in style and scope, these three Sikh histories will fascinate any religion or history nerd.

Why universities — and the rest of us — need religion studies

By Simran Jeet Singh — December 4, 2020
(RNS) — If we let universities strip away their commitments to religious diversity, we are actually making our communities less safe. 

On the anniversary of his birth, a reflection on the life of Guru Nanak

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 30, 2020
(RNS) — Sikhs around the world celebrate the birth anniversary of their founder-prophet, Guru Nanak, every autumn.

Farmers’ protests against India’s new agriculture laws follow long Sikh tradition

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 30, 2020
(RNS) — Protest is not new to Sikhs; rather, it permeates Sikh history, past and present.

Pompeo’s rights commission distilled decades of evangelicals’ hopes

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 23, 2020
(RNS) — Rights seen as coming directly from God are emphasized over economic justice and fighting the types of abuses exacted by right-wing authoritarian leaders.

Hate crime deaths reach all-time high, despite chronic underreporting

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 18, 2020
(RNS) — Three things the Biden-Harris administration can do to help address the pandemic of hate in our country.
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