Essays in Honour of Dr Ganda Singh - Book By Harbans Singh , N Gerald Barrier

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Introduction of The Book ‘Essays in Honour of Dr Ganda Singh’  By Harbans Singh , N Gerald Barrier

This festschrift pays homage to Dr Ganda Singh, the much revered and distinguished Punjab historian. It celebrates a fact widely acknowledged — the fact of Dr Ganda Singh being a vital and pervasive influence in historical scholarship in the Punjab. By his persistent and critically important work he has acquired a unique prestige in the world of learning. Throughout his life he has been motivated by one single passion, by one sole purpose of exploring materials pertinent to Punjab history. Beginning with no advantage other than his own intelligence and deter­mination, he has covered decades of produc­tive research of high quality and finesse. His has been a major role in the evolution of Punjab studies in India and abroad. His long and distinguished career as a teacher fostered generations of new scholars, while his own work — encompassing dozens of books in English and Punjabi — has set high standards in terms of academic honesty and discriminat­ing use of source materials.

Scholars affiliated with the Punjab Studies Conference of the United States and with Punjab History Conference of Patiala have lent their expertise in registering gratitude to Dr Ganda Singh and in acknowledging his contribution to historical research. There are a few others represented here from outside these forums. All the essays here deal with aspects of Punjab history. Thereby they serve to elucidate Dr Ganda Singh's own work which relates exclusively to this field. The selection does not trace the history of the Punjab systematically, nor does it cover every facet of Punjab research. The essays vary widely in theme and, in some cases, in treatment and literary quality as well. Yet there is a kind of unity of perspective. Collectively they reflect the variety and quality of research now being carried on within Punjab study circles. The volume mirrors not only the past and present condi­tion of Punjab studies, but also points to the future in terms of new research direction and interpretation.

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Foreword To The Book ‘Essays in Honour of Dr Ganda Singh’  By Harbans Singh , N Gerald Barrier

The Punjabi University takes pride in having this volume compiled in honour of Dr Ganda Singh, one of India's leading historians today. He is widely known for his scholarship and for his outstanding work in his area of special expertise. In Punjab historiography, he enjoys patriarchal status. The contribution he has made to the study and understanding of the history of the Punjab is of abiding value. For new entrants in this field, he has been guide, friend and philosopher.

His association with this University goes back to 1963-which was barely an year after it was chartered. He was the founder-Director of our Department of Punjab Historical Studies, and our biannual journal Panjab Past and Present of which he still continues to be the editor and our annual Punjab History Conference owe their origin to his constructive vision. For the last many years he has been a life-Fellow of the University and in this way, I am glad to say, his mature and scholarly advice has been available to us continuously.

This volume consists of learned essays dealing with various aspects of Punjab history. This is the field in which Dr Ganda Singh specializes and in which his work will be permanently remembered. Besides a bio­graphical introduction, all other essays are of a scholarly nature and they cover a wide spectrum of Punjab history. They do not, however, attempt a linear presentation of it, though they do capture the style and emphasis of current historical writing on the Punjab. The volume is a token of our appreciation and gratitude for Dr Ganda Singh. It will, I hope, simulta­neously attract wide scholarly attention. It was meant to be not a book of congratulations or panegyric, but of critical academic research. We knew this would be more acceptable to Dr Ganda Singh than mere praise, though praise in this case was more than richly deserved.

I deeply appreciate the opportunity I have had of offering tribute to Dr Ganda Singh. For him we all have genuine respect for his scholarship and for his many great human qualities.

Punjabi University                                                                                                                    INDERJIT KAUR SANDHU
Patiala                                                                                                                                                    Vice-Chancellor
June 16,1976

 

 

Table Of Contents Of The Book ‘Essays in Honour of Dr Ganda Singh’  By Harbans Singh , N Gerald Barrier

  CONTENTS  
     
  Foreword ix
  Introductory xi
1 ANCIENT PUNJAB—A PANORAMIC VIEW :  
  Buddha Prakash l
2 CHANDRAGUPTA MAURYA-A NATIVE OF PUNJAB :  
  Hari Ram Gupta 27
3 TOPOGRAPHY OF THE PUNJAB AND ITS ADJOINING  
  REGIONS AS REFLECTED IN DANDIN'S PROSE  
  ROMANCES :  
  D.K. Gupta 33
4 THE SIDDHA TRADITION BEFORE GURU NANAK :  
  L. M. Joshi 45
5 MEDIEVAL PUNJAB :  
  S. Nurul Hasan 73
6 TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN SIXTEENTH AND  
  SEVENTEENTH CENTURY PUNJAB : THE TESTIMONY  
  OF THE SIKH DEVOTIONAL LITERATURE :  
  W. H. McLeod 81
7 JATTS OF PUNJAB AND SIND :  
  Irfan Habib 92
8 PERSIAN WRITINGS ON GURU NANAK :  
  Gurbux Singh 104
9 A CONTEMPORARY JESUIT DOCUMENT ON GURU ARJUN  
  DEV'S MARTYRDOM :  
  E. R. Hambye s.j. 113
10 AURANGZEB AND THE SIKH GURUS :  
  A. C. Banerjee 119
11 AN EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY PAINTING FROM  
  NURPUR :  
  Karuna Goswamy 143
12 ALA SINGH : THE FOUNDER OF PATIAlA STATE :  
  Indu Banga 150
13 THE SIKH MISL :  
  Gurbachan Singh Nayyar 161
14 THE PREM SUMARAG : A THEORY OF SIKH SOCIAL ORDER :  
  J. S. Grewal 165
15 WHY DID THE BRITISH TURN A SOMERSAULT IN 1808  
  IN THEIR NEGOTIATIONS WITH RANJIT SINGH ?  
  Fauja Singh 176
16 BRITISH POLICY TOWARDS SIKHS, 1849-57  :  
  Kripal Chandra Yadav 185
17 QUANTIFICATION IN PUNJAB SOCIAL AND POLITICAL  
  HISTORY : SOURCES AND PROBLEMS :  
  N. Gerald Barrier 204
18 CUNNINGHAM'S ATTEMPT TO GET HIMSELF  
  REHABILITATED IN THE POLITICAL SERVICE :  
  S. S. Bal 215
19 THE BENGALI ELITE IN POST-ANNEXATION PUNJAB :  
  AN EXAMPLE OF INTER-REGIONAL INFLUENCE IN  
  NINETEENTH-CENTURY INDIA :  
  Kenneth W. Jones 234
20 THE AGRI-HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF THE PUNJAB,  
  1851-1871 :  
  Ian J. Kerr 252
21 ORIGINS OF THE SINGH SABHA :  
  Harbans Singh 273
22 THE GROWTH OF THE RAILWAY SYSTEM IN THE PUNJAB :  
  G. S. Khosla 283
23 THE SIKHS IN CALIFORNIA :  
  C. H. Loehlin 291
24 GHADAR SOURCES : RESEARCH ON PUNJABI  
  REVOLUTIONARIES IN AMERICA :  
  Mark Juergensmeyer 302
25 STUDENTS, SIKHS AND SWAMIS : PUNJABIS IN THE  
  UNITED STATES, 1899-1914 :  
  Emily Brown 322
26 AN HISTORICAL STUDY OF THE PUNJABI SOLDIER IN  
  WORLD WAR I :  
  DeWitt C. Ellinwood, Jr. 337
27 THE HINDUSTAN SOCIALIST REPUBLICAN ARMY :  
  A REVOLUTIONARY ARM OF THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT :  
  Corinne Friend 363
28 COMMUNALISM, FACTIONALISM AND NATIONAL  
  INTEGRATION IN THE PRE-INDEPENDENCE PUNJAB  
  CONGRESS PARTY :  
  Paul Wallace 389
29 RESEARCH ON MODERN PUNJAB HISTORY CURRENTLY  
  BEING CONDUCTED IN THE PUNJAB :  
  John C. B.  Webster 406
30 SYNCRETISM AND THE FORMATION OF THE SIKH  
  TRADITION :  
  Paul B. Courtright 417
31 INCIDENT AT NABHA :  
  Barbara N. Ramusack 433
32 POLEMICS AND CONFLICT IN AHMADIYAH HISTORY :  
  THE MISSIONARIES, THE ULAMA AND THE BRITISH :  
  Spencer Lavan 454
33 INAYATULLAH KHAN MASHRIQI AND THE KHAKSAr  
  MOVEMENT:  
  Y. B. Mathur 475
     
  Authors 491
  Some of Dr Ganda Singh's Works 493
  Index 503
     

 

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