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Tumultuous Journey of the University of the Punjab

The first three Indian universities—at Calcutta, Bombay, and Madras—were set up in 1857, inaugurating the Indian higher education system. The University of the Punjab was the fourth Indian university, which was set up at Lahore, the capital of undivided Punjab, in 1882. After India’s partition in 1947, this was the only Indian university that was split up into two. One part continued at Lahore while the other shifted to a new campus in Chandigarh. The story of this journey of the university through the tumultuous years of partition is both fascinating and painful.

Ajmer Singh Aulakh

Ajmer Singh Aulakh, the notable Punjabi playwright, passed away on 15 June. He left behind a legacy of revolutionary plays that stand testament to his progressive ideals. His funeral, much like his life, was a celebration of literature, music, and progressive values. He is survived by his wife and three daughters who continue the work he had begun.

Dandi March Redux

Eighty-six years after the historic Dandi March undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi, writers and activists gathered on the anniversary to revive the Gandhian spirit of protest.

A short publication history of Bhagat Singh's Jail Notebook

A biographer of Bhagat Singh and a chronicler of his works, writes about the publication history of Bhagat Singh’s “Jail Notebook”. This article is being published, when reports have talked about the possible release of the Notebook “for the first time” by the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Gadar Party: The Centenary Year

It has been a hundred years since the Gadar party was launched in March 1913, in the United States by a band of fiery young Indian expatriates with the aim of waging an armed struggle against British rulers in India. To commemorate the party’s centennial, the author recommends that the Indian government should take some concrete steps to create awareness about the party and the radical and revolutionary movement it unleashed.

Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and What the Historians Say

Ever since the death sentence for Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in the Lahore conspiracy case-II was pronounced on 7 October 1930 by a controversial three-member special tribunal established by British colonial government, the imperative to save their lives became a national issue. The general perception was that Mahatma Gandhi, who was thought to be the tallest national leader of India at that time, could have achieved this imperative. But it was not to be.

On Bhagat Singh

This is with reference to the letter of C P Singh (October 13) regarding seven “errors” in my article entitled ‘Revolutionary Legacy of Bhagat Singh’ (September 15). I humbly accept the error in relation to the date of demonstration against the Simon Commission in Lahore. The correct date is...

Revolutionary Legacy of Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh's life (September 28, 1907-March 23, 1931), work and thought were marked by an uncompromising struggle against colonialism and imperialism, together with radical opposition to capitalism, communalism and the caste system. This article is a spirited account of his life, his revolutionary activity, his ideals, his opinions and his legacy. It was on April 8, 1929 that Bhagat Singh and B K Dutt threw non-lethal bombs in the Central Assembly with a view "to make the deaf hear", and raised the slogans "Inquilab Zindabad" and "Down with Imperialism", which caught the imagination of the Indian people. Perhaps at no other point in the life of India since 1947 has the reference to these two slogans become more important than today, as the country marks the hundredth birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh.

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY

Cracked Mirror Chaman Lal JAWAHARLAL, Nehru University (JNU) is again in the news. News of the smallest incidents in JNU finds prominent place in the media. This time even BBC was fascinated by JNU. But the incidents in May were not small and have resulted in the indefinite closure of the University. Three students, including the president and general secretary of the JNU students' union, have been rusticated for three years and forty more await a similar fate. For the first time in the 14 years of the University's existence, hostels have been forcibly vacated and even foreign students are not being allowed to reside on the campus. Again, for the first time, police have made a home on the campus; even during the Emergency, the police had actually stayed on the campus for a few hours only. Also for the first time, even the administrative offices and libraries have been closed since May 11.
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