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History of Uttaranchal

 
O.C. Handa (Author)
Synopsis Except a few works of the colonial period, nothing wholesome on the history of the region is available. The colonial writers have in a very systematic manner tried to distort the events of the colonial period. This book attempts to set all those wrongs right after analysing the events in their immediate and past contexts. The historical account for the earlier period is burdened with mythical, metaphorical and anecdotal narratives notwithstanding the fact that there still exists a very rich and living repository of traditions, customs and folklore with the people of the region. There is a need to explore these unconventional sources of history, which may illuminate numerous obscure recesses and fill many gaps of the ancient history. For the feudal period, an attempt has been made to study the entire region as a composite whole. Different events of history have been suitably correlated. Attempt has been made to evaluate and reinterpret the popular practices and traditions in a wider historical and socio-cultural perspective. An attempt has been made to present the regional history as history of the people rather that a feudalistic chronological narrative. The book covers the socio-cultural geography of Uttaranchal; rise and fall of the Katyuri imperialism; rise of the Chand dynasty in Kumaon; dynastic rule in Garhwal; Uttarakhand under the colonial rule; and the post-independence era. This book is, thus, a comprehensive and up-to-date work on the history of the newly born state of Uttaranchal.
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About the author

O.C. Handa

Dr. O.C. Handa is a well-known connoisseur of are and culture, and an outstanding scholar in history and archaeology, especially of the Himalayan region, having been in the field now for almost a half century. In his exploratory pursuits, he has been undertaking several expeditions, many of them the solo ones, to the far-flung nooks and corners of the Western and Central Himalayan regions. That would underscore his zeal to explore the antique but extant material evidences of history, art and culture of the Himalayan region, and his commitment to acquire the firsthand and authentic knowledge of almost all aspects of the creative enterprise of the people of this region. This quality is well reflected in his writings. He did his post-graduation in History from the University of Mysore, Ph. D. from the Meerut University and D. Litt. From the Agra University. Having come from the civil engineering background, Himachal Pradesh for several years. Dr. Handa has more than fifteen exclusive and four edited books on the art, history, archaeology and culture of the himalayan region to his credit. Besides, he has been writing articles and research papers for various national and international research journals and magazines. He has also been performing for the radio and TV. He has participated in several regional, national and international seminars and workshops and delivered lectures on the subjects of his specialty at various forums in India and abroad. He remained a member of different expert committees of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and the ministry of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India. Dr. Handa remained a fellow of the Himachal Academy of Art, Language and culture, Shimla, India Council of Historical Research, New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla at different periods. He was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi from 2001 to 2003.  He is a fellow of US-based Infinity Foundation, working on the Himalayan domestic architecture.

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Bibliographic information

Title History of Uttaranchal
Author O.C. Handa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173871345
length 248p., Illustrations
Subjects History