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Uttaranchal: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Uma Prasad Thapliyal (Author)
Synopsis This book has been conceived to fulfil a long felt needs of a popular book on Garhwal-Kumaon hills. Though in past few years, particularly after the creation of Uttaranchal state, many books have been added but these generally relate to the history of the region. This book tries to cover all important aspects of the history and culture of the people so as to produce a complete picture of the region. The main objective of the book is to familiarize the new generation of Uttaranchalis (Paharis), born and brought up outside the state, with the land of their forefathers. To this end, the book not only includes chapters on the history and geography of the region but also on the life of people, their religion and beliefs, art and literature, folk and songs and dances etc. It is hoped that the book generates an urge for pilgrimage among the readers and inspires them to make a journey of the land of Gods (Deva-bhumi). An epilogue had been added at the end of the book.
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About the author

Uma Prasad Thapliyal

Dr. U.P. Thapliyal was born on 8th January 1938, in village Shrikot, Khatsyum, District Garhwal, Uttaranchal. After compeleting his school education from Government Inter College, Lansdowne he joined Allahabad University and did his MA in Ancient India History. Subsequently, he did PhD from Delhi University in 1972. Dr. Thaplyal has authored many research works including 'Foreign Elements in Ancient Indian Society', 'The Dhvaja-Standards and Flags of India', -A Study, 'Bharatiya Sainiak Dhvaja Patakayen, 'Prachina Bharatiya Yoddha Paddhati' 'Prachina Bharatiya Vyuha Vijnana'. He is co-author of the prestigenous volume 'Historical Perspectives of Warfare in India, Some Morale and Material Dimensions' compiled under project History of Science, Philosophy and Culture. His research papers have been published in leading historical journals of India. As the director of the Hisotry Division, Ministry of Defence Dr. Thapliyal authored and edited many book including 'Operation Shanti', Military Costumes of India' 'stories of Heroism', 'Terrific Responsibility etc. He has also written books and accounts on military operations for the use of Indian Armed Forces. Earlier, as the Editor of Delhi Gazetteer he edited and published two volumes viz. 'Who is Who of Delhi Freedom Fighters' and 'Gazetteer of Rural Delhi'. Presently, Dr. Thapliyal is serving the Ministry of Defence as a General Editor. In 1995 Dr. Thapliyal delivered a talk on Indian contribution in World War-II at Nehru Centre, London, on the invitation of External Affairs Ministry. In 1998, he attended a seminar at Oxford University and delivered a talk on the role of Indian Army in Second World War. Dr. Thapliyal has earned many awards for his original writings from the Ministry of Defence and the mInistry of Home Affairs. His book swatantrata Andolan Ka Itihas was selected for a state Award by Delhi Government.

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Bibliographic information

Title Uttaranchal: Historical and Cultural Perspectives
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8176464635
length xiii+234p., Tables; Maps; Plates; Bibliography; 23cm.
Subjects History