• Mallika Kaur


This chapter begins by watching me watch a wizened man tell his story, in pieces, under the shadow of patriarchy, over a prevailing unease about a past that too quickly livens trauma. This introduction briefly describes the familiar two sides to the Punjab conflict story, and the space that exists between these sides, as well as more broadly raises questions beyond Punjab and South Asia. The reader is introduced to the three central protagonists, famed human rights defenders and civic leaders of Punjab: Inderjit Singh Jaijee, Baljit Kaur Gill, and Justice Ajit Singh Bains. The reader will observe multiple short stories and characters in Proem and note a deliberate approach: this telling is pushing back against a singular narrative in this complicated region and contested history.

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  • Mallika Kaur
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  1. 1.San MateoUSA

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