The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Divyani Motla

PhD Program


Divyani is currently a PhD Candidate in History at the History Department and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Divyani's research focuses on diaspora and transnationalist movements, more specifically the Khalistan Movement in North America. She primarily engages with memories of violence and trauma in the decades 1970-1990, through oral histories and ethnographies. Her Masters' thesis titled "Panth (Community), Politics, Memory: The Khalistan Movement in India" explored the memory of 'attwaad' (militancy/terrorism) in Punjab, India, in the aftermath of the infamous Operation Bluestar (1984).

Works under the supervision of Prof Malavika Kasturi.


  • MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University