Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer

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Dr., Harjinder Singh Dilgeer, son of Mata Jagtar Kaur and Giani Gurbakhsh Singh, grandson of Sirdar Jaimal Singh, great-grandson of Sirdar Sunder Singh, great-great grandson of Bhai Rattan Singh, great-great-great grandson of Bhai Baisa Singh and great-great-great-great grandson of Bhai Preetam Singh, was born on October 22, 1947, at Jullundur. He passed his M.A. (English, Punjabi and Philosophy); M.Phil, LL.B., Adi Granth Acharya and Ph.D. degrees from Punjab University Chandigarh and Guru Nanak University Amritsar. Topic of his Ph.D. thesis was: Life, Time and Work of Master Tara Singh.

Dr Dilgeer began his career as a language teacher in private academies as well as in a couple of high schools. In 1971, he passed his M.A. in English and started teaching English language at different colleges in the Punjab. He worked as a Lecturer in English in colleges at Narur Panchhatt, Nakodar and Banga. He taught post-graduate classes at the Panjab University, Chandigarh from 1979 to 1982. In July 1983, he visited England and here, in October 1983, he joined as the Editor of the Punjab Times, London. In October 1984, he moved to Norway, where he was granted political asylum. During this period he engaged himself in research in Sikh history and wrote several books and research papers. In 1989 and 1990 he was invited to address several gatherings in Canada. In October 1990, when he visited Canada for the third time, he was requested by the Sikhs of Toronto to stay there for academic work. In October 1990, he established Guru Nanak Inastitute of Sikh Studies in Toronto. He left in Canada in March 1991. He spent the next two years in Norway. In March 1993, he was invited to address gatherings at New York USA. In 1993, he moved to Denmark and stayed there for four years. He was the International Director of Guru Nanak Institutes of Sikh Studies from 1983 to 1997.
On January 12, 1998 he returned to his homeland (after an exile of fourteen and half years). During his tour he was offered Directorship of Sikh History Research Board. He resigned his job in March 1999 and returned to England to join as the editor of the Punjab Times. He spent the whole year (2000) in his homeland and completed his precious research work Guru De Sher. He came back to England in January 2001 where he is still living. At present he is the Editor of the Sikh Times, an English-Punjabi weekly published from Birmingham, England.
Dr Dilgeer has been associated with journalism too. He launched a monthly Punjabi journal in the name of Ham Rahi in 1966 which could not last long. In 1977 he began a weekly Punjabi magazine Akali Reporter from Jullundur but had to close it down as he had joined as Senior Research fellow of the University Grants Commission, at the Panjab University Chandigarh, in 1979. In 1983, he joined Punjab Times London as its Editor. In 1991 he began publishing a research journal The Sikhs: Past & Present from Oslo, Norway. He continued editing it for two years. (Now it is published from Canada). Besides books and journalism, he has also contributed numerous articles to various reputed English and Punjabi journals of the world.

Dr. Dilgeer has written and edited more than 50 books. Most of these books have already been published. He began his "pen journey" with poetry and fiction. His first book was Bewafaiaan (1966), a book of romantic poems. It was followed by another poetry book Eskimo Smile (1972), a novelette Kamu Ronda Rahega (1973) and a book of stories Kamal Te Zohra (later published under the title of Yaaran Kahanian Te Ikk Novelette in 1977.In 1973, he edited a book 1960 Ton Baad Di Navin Punjabi Kavita.

His books on Sikh studies include: Emergency Ke Atyachar (1977, Hindi), Shiromani Akali Dal: Ikk Itihas (1978, Punjabi), The Akal Takht (1980, English), Constitution of Khalistan (1983, English), Kesari Kitab (1984, Punjabi), Akal Takht Sahib (1986, Punjabi), Khalistan Di Twarikh (1988, Punjabi), Sikh Hijackers (1989, Punjabi), Who Are The Sikhs? (1991, English), India Kills the Sikhs (1992, reprinted in 1994, English), The Sikhs' Struggle for Sovereignty (1992, English), Khalistan Da Sacho Sach (1992, Punjabi), Kharhkoo Lekh (1992, Punjabi), Jujharu Kalaam (1992, Punjabi poetry), Sikh Jujharvaad (1992, Punjabi), Sikh Culture (1992, and an enlarged edition in 1994 and 1996, Punjabi), Hvem Er Sikherne? (translation of Who Are the Sikhs? in Danish language, 1994), Wie Zijn De Sikhs? (translation of Who Are the Sikhs? in Dutch language, 1994), Akal Takht Sahib (1995, English) [thoroughly revised and enlarged and almost double than the 1980 edition], The Sikh Reference book (1996-97, English) [an encyclopedia], Sikh Masley (1998 Punjabi), Akali Lehar Da Kalaam (1998 Punjabi), Who Are the Sikhs? (enlarged edition of the earlier small work of the same name, Punjabi edition in 1999, English edition in 2000, French edition in 2001; Deutch {German}, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu translations are in process. Hindi and Urdu editions will be published by the end of 2002), Akali Lehar Da Kalam (Punjabi, 1998), Anandpur Sahib (Punjabi 1998, Hindi 2000), 1955 Da Punjabi Suba Morcha (1999 Punjabi), Anandpur Sahib {Light & Sound}which is played everyday at Anandgarh fort Anandpur Sahib (Punjabi and English, 2000), Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Kiven Bani (2000, Punjabi), Jaito Morchey De Akhin Ditthe Haal (edited, 2000, Punjabi), Akal Takht Sahib: Falsfa Te Twarikh (2000, Punjabi; it is a revised and enlarged edition of the first edition published in 1986 from Oslo, Norway), (Shiromani Akali Dal, 1920-2000 (2000, Punjabi; it is an enlarged edition of the first edition of 1978), Guru De Sher (2001 Punjabi), Sikh Philosophy Ki Hai Te Hor Lekh (2001, Punjabi; it is an enlarged edition of Sikh Culture). Keeratpur Sahib Da Itihas (2002, Punjabi), The Sikh Culture (2002, English).

His edited works include: Sikh Te Sikhi (original by Harinder Singh Roop), Jangaan (original by Principal Satbir Singh), Babar Akali Lehar Te Is De Aagoo (original by Gurbachan Singh), Punjabi Suba Morcha 1955 (original by Karam Singh Zakhmi), Master Tara Singh De Lekh, 2 volumes etc.

He has written some small tracts as well. These include: Gurdwara Aalamgir da Itihas, Master Tara Singh (Life & Work), Anandpur Sahib Ate Keeratpur Sahib De Gurdwarey (350,000 copies of this work were published in Punjabi, Hindi and English, in 1999 in connection with the tercentenary of Khalsa).

Unpublished works of Dr Dilgeer include: Guru Ghar De Lasani Sewadar (Punjabi), Sikh Nuktay (Punjabi), Sikh Twarikh (Punjabi), Japuji Sahib: Its Hemeneutics (English), Guru Nanak Sahib Ate Unhan De Gurdwarey (Punjabi and Hindi), Sikh Jathebandian (Punjabi), Dunian Nikki Jehi, a travelogue (Punjabi), Dilgeerian (poetry, Punjabi and Urdu), Sikh Kaun Hain? (Hindi), Sikh Kaun Han ? (Punjabi in Urdu script) etc. He is, nowadays, engaged in preparing another magnum opus Dilgeer Kosh, an encyclopedia (in Punjabi),

Dr Dilgeer has toured several countries of the world, including England, Canada, U.S.A., Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Turkey, Pakistan etc. and addressed several conferences and congregations.

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