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Emergence of The Image

Avtar Singh Jouhl (Editor) Navtej Singh (Editor)
Synopsis Documents, apart from other forms of evidence, are the major basis for the construction of historical account of any specific space and time. Fortunately for the scholars of modern Indian history there is abundance of written evidence. But the access to all source material remains a difficult hurdle due to a number of circumstances. The political sensitivity remains a major check on the retrieving of documents. Udham Singh’s case was one such example. The Shaheed Udham Singh Welfare Trust, Birmingham and the Indian Workers’ Association of Great Britain began its campaign in 1989 for the release of Udham Singh documents in possession of the British Government. The success in redeeming came during the years 1996-97. Accordingly the British administration permitted to have access to the five files of the different departments of the state. The evidence obtained from these files have been selected and edited with utmost care. These documents are helpful on two counts: One, that these provide ample proof for reconstruction of the personality of Udham Singh, his background, activities in India and abroad, purpose and for the emergence of a personality different than is usually thought of by the previous writers and scholars. Two, not only the image of Udham Singh is reconstructed but the attitude of various individuals, leaders and the Indian population along with the objective of the British state towards Indian nationalism and the issue of communalism are quite visible. In short, these documents are certainly a very valuable evidence that assist to reconstruct the recent past withy clarity and accuracy. In this way, these add afresh to the historical understanding of the humanity in the Indian sub-continent.
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About the authors

Avtar Singh Jouhl

Avtar Singh Jouhl is the General Secretary of Indian Workers’ Association Great Britain and a Trustee of Shaheed Udham Singh Welfare Trust (Birmingham). On 31st August 1996, he retired as a Senior Lecturer, Labour and Trade Union Studies. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick. He was the first editor of the Lalkar (Punjabi) 1967, and edited Mazdoor and Nawan Channan in early 1960s. During his working life of 40 years, he held various Trade Union lay-officers posts including as a National Executive Council member 1991-1997 of the University & College Lecturers’ Union, U.K

Navtej Singh

Navtej Singh holds M.A., Ph.D. from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He worked on the projects ‘Land Reforms in India’ and ‘Border Area Problems’ in different institutions in Chandigarh. He has written about two hundred articles including book reviews, research papers and popular essays. His books include ‘Starvation and Colonialism: A Study of Famines in the Nineteenth Century British Punjab, 1858-1901; ‘challenge to Imperial Hegemany: The Life Story of a Great Indian Patriot Udham Singh’, and ‘Punjab Yaadan De Jharokhe Chon’ (Co-ed.). At present he is Reader in the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala.

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Bibliographic information

Title Emergence of The Image
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187521066
length xx+521p., B/w Plates; Appendices; Bibliography; 23 cm.
Subjects History