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About

Pieter Friedrich is a US-based writer, editor, and activist with a focus on world religions and history, political and religious liberty, and human rights.

He is co-author of three reports on human rights issues in India:

The Faces of Terror in India” (2011)

Demons Within: The Systematic Practice of Torture by Indian Police” (2011)
— a recommended resource by the Danish Institute Against Torture

“Torture common by police officers in India” (2011)
catalogued by the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

He has also edited several other publications, including:

Wait Till It’s Free (2015)

Ambedkar’s Century: 100 Years From the USA, 1913-2013 (2013)

Sikh-American Establishments & Their Journey, 1912-2012 (2012)  – PDF

Gandhi Under Cross-Examination (2009)

Pieter is an advocate for preservation of Sikh-American and Indian-American history, including serving as:

Gadri Baba Museum (2015), Consultant — This museum, located on the premises of Stockton Gurdwara, is the first of its kind to commemorate Sikh-American history.

Ambedkar’s Century Celebration (2013), Operations Manager — The event commemorated the 100th anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s arrival in the United States of America.

Sikh Centennial Celebration (2012), Operations Manager — The event commemorated the founding of Stockton Gurdwara, the first Sikh-American settlement.

Pieter is a speaker at rallies, conferences, and universities, including:

July 19, 2015
— Ambedkar Jayanti Seminar. Begampura Educational and Cultural Society. Sacramento, CA.
June 22, 2015
— Ideological Dimensions of Caste Violence and Coercive Pan-Brahmanism in South Asia Conference. University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA.
May 22, 2015
— Rally in Honor of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa Ji. State Capitol. Sacramento, CA.
May 8, 2014
— Lecture on Sikh History: 1700-present. Sacramento State University. Sacramento, CA.
September 7, 2013
— Remembrance of the Disappeared Seminar. Riverside Sikh Gurdwara. Riverside, CA.
September 1, 2013
— Libertopia Conference. San Diego, CA.
August 4, 2013
— 1984 Day Rally. Sacramento, CA.
July 4, 2013
— Restore the Fourth Rally. Sacramento, CA.
June 29, 2013
— Ambedkar’s Century Conference. Columbia University. New York, NY.
Jan 22, 2013
— Justice Rising: A Rally for Universal Human Dignity. State Capitol. Sacramento, CA.

Pieter Friedrich serves on the boards of Sikh Information Centre and Organization for Minorities of India. He has been published by or mentioned in coverage by:

Ambedkar Times, American Vision, AntiWar.com, The Bay Citizen, CBS Los Angeles, The Charlatan, Global Dispatch, Good Men Project, India Abroad, India Journal, Indian Panorama, India West, IndUS Business Journal, International Christian Concern, Jus Punjabi TV, LewRockwell.com, Link Newspaper, The Los Angeles Times, Los Cerritos News, Maclean’s Magazine, The Mountain Democrat, National Post, Orange County Register, Punjabi Radio USA, Punjab Outlook, Punjab Spectrum, Punjab Star News, Rediff News, The Sacramento Examiner, Sade Lok, The San Francisco Times, SikhChic.com, SikhNet, Sikh Siyasat, The Stockton Record, UPI, WORLD Magazine, and WorldNetDaily.

Testimonials:

“Pieter Friedrich unsheathed the editorial equivalent of a surgeon’s scalpel and helpfully carved up many a sentence, bringing happy results.”
— Colin Gunn (on editing his book)

“This is best in-depth reporting ever seen by any Indian newspaper.”
— Manjit Uppal (on article about Dalip Singh Saund)

“Thank you to Pieter Friedrich for this superbly researched article that reminds us we should support those that stand for American values regardless of ethnicity, religion and race.”
— Amar Shergill (on article about Dalip Singh Saund)