Ranj Dhaliwal

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Ranj Dhaliwal
Born Ranjit Singh Dhaliwal
(1976-07-14) July 14, 1976 (age 38)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 2006–present
Genre Crime fiction

Ranj Dhaliwal (born July 14, 1976) is a Canadian author.

Early life[edit]

Born in Vancouver, Dhaliwal grew up in Surrey Central, British Columbia in the 1980s, which was a time when Indo-Canadian families were scattered across the suburbs. Unfortunately this was a time when minorities were subjected to discrimination and racism, which Dhaliwal faced firsthand.

During his youth, Dhaliwal grew up with kids that at the early age of 13 were packing guns, stealing cars, getting into fights, making alliances, and selling drugs at school with police always close by watching the beginning of the Indo-Canadian gang culture rise.[1][2]

Marriage and family[edit]

Ranj Dhaliwal is married and has a son.[3]

Writing career[edit]

In 2006, Dhaliwal's first novel "Daaku" was published. The release of Dhaliwal's novel was the subject of controversy in the South Asian community for breaking the code of silence in the Indo-Canadian community, though not based on a true story.[4]

In 2011, Dhaliwal's second novel "Daaku: The Gangster's Life" was published.[5]

Ranj Dhaliwal is currently working on his third novel "Daaku: Gangland", which is due to be released in 2014.

Community and politics[edit]

Dhaliwal was praised as an important community leader by the Walrus magazine in his bid to gain control of a controversial Sikh temple in Surrey, BC that was involved in a violent and bloody clash between fundamentalists and moderates over edicts from the head priest of Sikhs. Dhaliwal was elected in and became the Vice-President elect of the temple in 2008. He then resigned to focus his attention on at-risk youth while a litigious battle ensued in the courts over his slate's election.[6][7]

Dhaliwal continues to be involved in politics in Surrey and coordinates youth programs. His involvement in politics isn't just locally, as Dhaliwal brings Sikh leaders from India to tour Canadian Sikh temples.[3]

Dhaliwal has worked with environmental law organizations for many years, and volunteers with several organizations aimed at helping at-risk youths.[1] Dhaliwal speaks on organized crime at high schools and universities, and alongside police officers in an effort to educate youth about the dangers of the gangster lifestyle.[3][8]


  1. ^ a b Hanson, Cheri. "Gangs Of B.C.". Quill & Quire. St. Joseph Media. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Well-Known Gangster Believed To Be Victim In Fatal Shooting". News 1130. Rogers Communications. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Reynolds, Sheila. "Is There Life Outside The Underworld?". SurreyLeader. BlackPress. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Book On Indo-Canadian Gangs Stirs Controversy". CBCNews. CBC. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dhaliwal, Ranj". ABC Bookworld. BC Bookworld. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Writer Quits Gurdwara Body In Surrey, BC". South Asia Post. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Timothy. "Showdown On Scott Road". Walrus Magazine. The Walrus Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Johnston, Jesse. "Don't Put Gangsters' Faces On Wanted Posters: Crime Expert". News1130. Rogers Communications. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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