Sukhwant Hundal

Sukhwant Hundal was born in 1956 and came to Canada in 1975. He was Lecturer in Punjabi at the University of British Columbia from 2008 to 2019, and is a writer of prose in Punjabi. He received a Master’s degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University, and has worked as a translator and interpreter, a television producer, and in public legal education. He has written more than 50 research articles to date. In the last few years, he has written about subjects such as violence against Indo-Canadian women, problems of the environment and consumerism, war, and the roots of today’s problems. He has published three books in collaboration with author and activist Sadhu Binning: ਪਿਕਟ ਲਾਈਨ (Pikaṭ Lāīn, or Picket Line), a collection of plays; ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਦੇ ਸੌ ਵਰ੍ਹੇ: ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਪ੍ਰਗਤੀਸ਼ੀਲ ਲਹਿਰ (Saṅgharash de Sau Varhe: Kaineḍa vicch Paṅjābī Pragatīshīl Lahir, One Hundred Years of Struggle: The Punjabi Progressive Movement in Canada) and ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਭਾਰਤੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਵੋਟ ਦਾ ਹੱਕ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਲਿਆ (Kaineḍā vicch Bhāratīāṅ ne Voṭ dā Hakk Kiveṅ Liā, How did Indians get the Right to Vote in Canada?); he also co-edited the important book of short stories in Punjabi, Kathā Kaneḍā (2000). He was a member of the editorial board of the magazine “Watanoṅ Dūr” or “Far from the homeland” from 1980 to 1986, and then co-editor of the magazine Watan” or “Homeland” starting in 1989. Watan was published in print from 1989 to 1994, and continues as an online magazine. He has also published numerous works into English with colleagues. He was a founding member of Vancouver Sath, a theatrical and cultural organization, and co-authored, with Sadhu Binning, an important play about the Komagata Maru, Samuṅdarī Sher Nāl Takkar (“Conflict with the Sea Lion”) that was performed for the first time, in part, at UBC in 2014. For more on his work, see: For more about Mr. Hundal’s activism, see also

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