The Sikhs And Women Education
This work is a significant contribution on the issue of women education in the Punjab. It is contextualized in the emergence of socio-religious identity awareness among the Sikhs and their response to the challenges thrown by colonial conditions engulfing the Punjab during late 19th and early 20th century. Education among women became central to the programmes of the Singh Sabha movement. This question was nevertheless brought to focus by the Sikh activists like Baba Khem Singh Bedi, Bhai Takhat Singh and Bhai Nihal Singh Kairon. This well-documented study also focuses on the issues and debates which were raised in Sikh Educational Conferences on the question of women education and the type of education to be imparted to them. The work is a comprehensive and detailed study based on primary sources especially the lesser explored vernacular literature. It is an elaboration of dialectical process of modernization of Sikh women in association with the Sikh ethos, values and culture.