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Hari Sharma fonds Sub-series
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Socio-political writings

Sub-series consists of notes, interview transcripts, resources, and copies of publications written by Hari Sharma on politics in India, racism of Indo-Canadians in B.C., and other related subjects from critical, academic, and activist perspectives. Includes translated articles and works by other authors.

Tax records

Sub-series consists of Hari Sharma's income tax records that he filed annually with the Canada Revenue Agency. Sub-series includes copies of assessments, audits, returns, and statements.

Consulting case files

Sub-series consists of records relating to Hari Sharma's consulting work on legal cases, immigration and refugee board hearings, and workers' compensation cases predominantly for members of the South Asian community. Includes notes, correspondence, reports, lists, articles, testimonies, claims, and copies of legal documents.

Komagata Maru Historical Society files

Sub-series consists of administrative records of the Komagata Maru Historical Society that were kept by Hari Sharma while he was President of the society. Records relate to research, education, funding, and publicity of commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary of the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. Sub-series consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, minutes, brochures, photographs, letterheads, notes, emails, and some financial records.

Komagata Maru Historical Society

South Asia research files

Sub-series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's research activity on the politics of India and other nations in South Asia. Includes newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, notes, book lists, and other materials.

Rainbow Publishers records

Sub-series consists of correspondence, announcements, notes, publicity, and financial information created, made, and/or received by Hari Sharma as one of the founders of Rainbow Publications. The publication house began as a venture initiated by Sharma, his friends, and comrades in India to inexpensively make available in India works on Marxism and socialism published in the English-speaking world.

Rainbow Publishers

Poetry, prose, and photography

Sub-series consists of poetry, prose, and photography created by Hari Sharma. Includes correspondence, drawing books, sketches, lists of exhibits, translations, publications, essays, publicity, applications, photographic prints, reviews, and publications in which his works appeared.

Indian People's Association in North America files

Sub-series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's involvement with the founding of the Indian People's Association in North America (IPANA) in Montréal and his active participation in the Vancouver chapter. Sharma helped to produce IPANA's three publications: quarterly New India Bulletin which came out of Montréal from 1975, India Now, a monthly that was produced in New York from 1976, and Wangar, a Punjabi paper that was produced from Vancouver every two months from 1977. He also supported the focus of IPANA's work (in defense of minority rights and the principles of secular democracy in India through engagement with issues concerning the local South Asian community in their own daily lives) by helping to organize public meetings, demonstrations, lectures, films, educational study groups, and cultural programs. As Chairman of the Vancouver unit, Sharma brought together IPANA and other groups in Vancouver with their own liberation struggles to create a culture of solidarity of people's struggles that eventually led to the formation of the Third World People's Coalition (TWPC). IPANA also intervened successfully in working class struggles and in support of women facing violence within the South Asian community. Through the 1980s, IPANA dedicated its energies to the development of the Canadian Farmworkers Union and the anti-racist work undertaken by the British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism (BCOFR). Collectively, these organizations helped unite multi-ethnic communities, unions, religious groups, First Nations, students, and others in opposition to the spread of racism, hatred, and violence. Sub-series includes memos, notes, articles, correspondence, statements, minutes, press releases, reports, resolutions, contact lists, event announcements, and other publicity materials.

Indian People's Association in North America


Sub-series consists of the organizational records of Non-Resident Indians for Secularism and Democracy (NRISAD) and its successor organization South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD). Includes records created, made, and/or received by Hari Sharma while serving on several committees within the organization that carried out educational and cultural activities to uphold the secular and democratic values and to oppose the agenda of extreme forces in India. Sub-series includes articles, emails, research notes, statements, flyers, notices, statements, advertisements, incoming and outgoing correspondence, brochures, tickets, programs, minutes, publications, reviews, and photographs.

Non-Resident Indians for Secularism and Democracy

First Nations-SFU partnership files

Sub-series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's involvement with the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society of the Shuswap Nation and the Simon Fraser University partnership program. Sub-series includes reports, agreements, notes, statements, correspondence, programs, booklets, newsletters, pamphlets, transcripts, lists, and proposals.

Race relations research files

Sub-series consists of records compiled by Hari Sharma as a member of the City of Vancouver's Police/Ethnic Liaison Committee and Special Committee on Race Relations. Sub-series includes papers, notes, correspondence, minutes, newsletters, and memos.

Photographic material

Hari Sharma was a self-taught photographer and frequently took a camera with him on his travels to India and other parts of the world. Series consists of contact sheets, negatives, slides, and prints depicting people, places, and events within his personal and professional life.

Biographical material

Sub-series consists of Hari Sharma's personal records of a biographical nature that document his travels by rail through India, his retirement from SFU, his struggles with cancer, and a celebration of his life organized by friends and colleagues. Sub-series includes travelogues, lists, correspondence, notes, visa applications, newspaper clippings, copies of last will and testament, biographies, and eulogies.

Matrimonial records

Sub-series consists of personal records documenting Hari Sharma's marriages to Jyoti Sanghera and Sailani Jothi. Sub-series includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, notes, applications, certificates, and divorce records.

British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism files

Sub-series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's investigative and research activities into racism in British Columbia while serving on the British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism (BCOFR) Executive Committee as a founding member and as Chairperson of the organization's Investigation and Support Committee. Includes demonstration flyers, notes, contact lists, minutes, newsletters, agendas, newspaper clippings, correspondence, memos, notices, and a pledge book.

British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism

Political research files

Sub-series consists of records compiled by Hari Sharma to support his political research interests. Research subjects covered in these records include Third World politics, India, China, Philippines, Soviet Union, Cambodia, and other topics. Sub-series includes notes, bibliographies, student papers, articles, contact lists, resource lists, and citations.

Conference and seminar notes, lectures, and proceedings

Sub-series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's participation in various conferences and seminars relating to his political and research interests, particularly relating to Marxism, Maoism, communalism, and other revolutionary models. Sub-series includes correspondence, notes, articles, essays, agendas, conference proceedings, planning materials, and other materials.

Personal notes and correspondence

Sub-series consists of personal notes and correspondence arranged chronologically. Sub-series includes incoming letters and copies of outgoing letters to friends and colleagues.

Diaries and daily calendars

Sub-series consists of diaries and daily calendars written by Hari Sharma to track personal and professional travels, meetings, and other activities. Included are personal notes and correspondence that he kept with the diaries.

Education records

Sub-series consists of personal records made and/or received by Hari Sharma during his training at the Delhi School of Social Work and at Case Western Reserve University. Includes records he kept while conducting field work in India and the US. Sub-series includes notes, articles, publications, and notebooks.

Canadian Farmworkers Union interviews and transcripts

Sub-series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's research into institutional racism in the workplace and focuses on farm labour in British Columbia where labour migrations (from South Asia and elsewhere) have created a multiracial working class. Includes questionnaires, responses, notes, memos, membership campaign materials, and articles written by Sharma.

Canadian Farmworkers Union