Divya Goyal

Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent. Email at d.goyal@expressindia.com

Articles By Divya Goyal

Explained: Why, despite no rule, women are not allowed kirtan sewa at Golden Temple

The Indian Express explains how this gender-based discrimination came into being despite no such rule, written or otherwise, being mentioned in ‘Rehat Maryada’ (code of conduct) of Sikhism

Punjab govt teachers cannot practise, earn from journalism: Education dept

The orders state that even teachers who are working as pattrakar (journalists) and regularly writing for some newspapers (news articles) with the permission of their school principals or any other higher official, should discontinue and principals have been asked to cancel their permission.

Explained: How Guru Nanak’s langar is helping UN achieve its ‘zero hunger’ goal

Of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the second one ⁠— ‘zero hunger’ ⁠— aims to end extreme hunger and malnutrition, especially among children, by 2030.

Tale of Nanak’s two gurdwaras in Pakistan with same name — one forgotten, other restored

While Mal Ji Sahib at Nankana Sahib is linked with Guru Nanak’s childhood, the one at Kanganpur was visited by him with his companion Bhai Mardana.

Seva through art: From Serbia to Sangrur, ‘Paint the Planet’ project to create 100 ‘peace villages’

Walls and other structures will be painted with symbols depicting Nanak’s philosophy of peace, oneness and universal acceptance.

In Punjab’s own ‘Ayodhya’, a peaceful day with crucial lessons in co-existence

At Somsons Colony, where Laxmi Narayan Mandir and Aqsa Masjid share a common wall, it was a usual day as devotees from the two communities prayed at the respective shrines.

Hope Pakistan stops sheltering terrorists now: Guru Nanak’s descendant

Two days ahead of the historic opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, Bedi, a law graduate who lives at Dera Baba Nanak, tells The Indian Express that he credits prayers of countless Nanak’s followers who did not lose hope for making the Corridor a reality.

Punjab MLAs to Bollywood: India’s musical ode to Kartarpur Corridor

Punjab Arts Council chairman and Punjabi poet Padma Sri Surjit Patar has penned lyrics for another song dedicated to the Corridor titled ‘Langhey Da Geet’, sung by Dev Dildar, Jagdev Riyaz, Yakub Khan and Manraj Patar. It has music by Bhai Sukhwant Singh.

Before Kartarpur Corridor, a struggle of five decades to reopen, restore gurdwara

It is a story of grit and resolve, determination and diplomacy, and faith as Sikh community in India and abroad waged a long-drawn battle to get the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib reopened and restored in Pakistan.

A Punjabi Palate

This winter we take a gastronomical tour of Punjab’s iconic eating places and savour the taste and aroma of dishes that have stood the test of time. Join us on this sumptuous journey to rediscover the specialties.

Explained: Who are Nanak Naam Lewa, and why Kartarpur Corridor can’t be limited to Sikhs

The Indian Express explains why Kartarpur Corridor matters for all Nanak’s followers.

Moga: Viral videos of youth talking ‘easy availability’ of cheap chitta prompts cops to conduct early morning raid

The clips show the youths talking about who they get the drugs from, and one of them holding a syringe to his arm. Moga police later confirmed that the videos were indeed shot in the village.

Explained: The rules for global post, and how Pakistan stopped mail to and from India

A look at the rules governing postal exchange, and how Pakistan took the step to stop exchange of postal mails with India.

In 21st century Punjab, women are still killed for a ‘crime’ called love

Girls in Nanak’s land are still being killed, in the wombs and outside. Inside, so that they are not born to live. And outside, so that they do not live to love.

550th Gurpurab: In middle of night, Hindus, Muslims give floral welcome to Nagar Kirtan in Ludhiana

The chants of ‘Jo Bole So Nihaal’ reverberated outside Jama Masjid, Durga Mata Mandir and Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir of Ludhiana as both Hindu and Muslim communities showered petals on the paalki and their representatives honoured the Sikh devotees accompanying the procession.

In Punjab’s Dakha, ‘Capt’s lieutenant’ fails to break jinx

Massive drubbing for AAP, LIP from the seat vacated by former AAP MLA H S Phoolka.

Dakha bypoll: Congress looks to break losing streak, 108 polling stations ‘critical’

It was in 2002 that Congress's Malkit Singh Dakha had won from Dakha and was elected to Punjab Assembly.

In high-stakes battle of Dakha, Cong candidate’s last-minute pitch: ‘I am the Captain’s lieutenant’

Accepting that drugs was still a major issue in Dakha where several youths have died due to drug-related problems, Sandhu claims that severity of the problem came on record only after Congress formed government.

Dakha bypoll — At village where Buddha Nullah dumps Ludhiana’s waste, a question: ‘Will we get clean drinking water in this lifetime’

In this village in rural Ludhiana, the stinking, toxic black waters of polluted Buddha Nullah stream, carrying the domestic, sewage, industrial and other waste of Ludhiana city, meets the comparatively cleaner waters of Sutlej. For nearly four decades, some 1,000 residents of Walipur Kalan have been bearing with the suffocating stench of the nullah water.

PSPCL snaps power supply to Dakha villages during Amarinder Singh rally, cites ‘security’

This is the CM’s second roadshow to campaign for Congress candidate and his former political advisor Captain Sandeep Sandhu, who is contesting bypoll from Dakha.