Pieter Friedrich is a Californian researcher, author, and speaker on the interconnections between historical and current affairs as they relate to world religions, human liberties, economic action, and imperialism.
Pieter works in a variety of fields to influence people to think independently based on logical, critical analysis of hard facts. He has published books and reports covering topics such as the origins of the Sikhs, Hinduism and the caste system, the life and legacy of Mohandas Gandhi, the Sangh Parivar, torture in India, etc. His work on torture was catalogued by the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Pieter has worked and sometimes lived with immigrant communities for most of his professional life. He has participated, as a speaker or organizer, in seminars throughout North America. A frequent lecturer at universities, he has spoken about Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, E. V. Ramasamy (Periyar), human rights defenders, Sikhism, Brahmanism, Nazism, the RSS, the history of anti-caste movements in South Asia, etc.
Venues at which he has spoken include Columbia University, University of the Pacific, UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Santa Cruz, CSU San Jose, CSU Sacramento, and the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
He has also authored numerous articles and essays, as well as produced a number of documentary-style videos. Outlets which have published his works include Antiwar.com, India West, LewRockwell.com, SikhSiyasat, Sikh24, Sadelok, and SikhChic.com.
Pieter is a Christian in the Anglican tradition. As a traveller, he has spent time in both Europe and Asia. He enjoys reading, photography, discovering new cuisines, traveling (of course), and spending time with loved ones.