An insightful book was launched in a literary evening held at Adbi Bethak of Punjabi Complex in Lahore to commemorate the three-hundredth birth year celebration of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, a Sikh ruler of the eighteenth century.
Arranged by the Trust for History, Art and Architecture of Pakistan (THAAP), in collaboration with Sardar Jaiteg Singh Anant from Hardarshan Memorial International Trust of Canada and Canadian Ramgarhia Society, the program was attended by eminent scholars, academicians, and leading figures from different walks of the life.
Entitled – Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia – the book is originally written by Prof Prithi Pal Singh Kapur in Gurumukhi whereas Prof Ashiq Raheel has translated it in Shahmukhi for Pakistani readers. Published by Sanjh Publications, the books is a sincere account of life history of prominent Sikh ruler of Ramgarhia dynasty of 18th century.
In their brief speeches, speakers shared their opinions about various aspects of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia’s life. Dr Naveed Shahzad from the Punjab University presided the evening, whereas Dr Nabeela Rehman and Dr Mehboob Hussain were chief guests. Host Prof Ibad Nabeel Shad welcomed participants on behalf of the Hardarshan Memorial International Trust and Canadian Ramgarhia Society.
Canadian Ramgarhia Society announces award of three lakhs rupees for a Pakistani student for completing MPhil or PhD degree on Jassa Singh Ramgarhia
The evening commenced with presentation of the research paper. Noted researcher Iqbal Qaiser paid rich tribute to the late Sikh ruler for his bravery in front of invaders. He highlighted significant features of his personality with references from folk poetry of Baba Bhulay Shah, a 17th-century Punjabi revolutionary philosopher, reformist and Sufi poet.
Prof Akhtar Hussain Sandhu talked about personality traits of the late Sikh ruler, and narrated interested incidents of Jassa Singhs Ramgarhia’s life, ideology, tolerance, and love for humanity beyond religious boundaries. Dr Nabeela Rehman said that there was a dire need to revisit the history.
She opined that this book presents befitting tribute to Jassa Singh Ramgarhia by revealing his life, struggle, and encounters of his era. She appreciated hard work and efforts of Sardar Jaiteg Singh Annant for publication of the book in Shahmukhi. Professor Sajida Haider Vandal asked the researchers to shed more light on Jassa Singh Ramgarhia’s life besides just being the warrior general.
Researchers should bring forth other aspects of his life, such as his style of architecture, patronage of art, and philosophical aspects. In his talk, Prof Pervez Vandal paid glowing tribute to Jassa Singh Ramgarhia and architect of modern Lahore Bhai Ram Singh. He suggested promotion of Punjabi language and creating mass awareness about its glorious culture.
In his remarks, Dr Mehboob Hussain discussed various historical references presented in the book and paid his heartfelt tribute to Jassa Singh Ramgarhia. Dr Naveed Shahzad appreciated accuracy of the contents of the book while giving credit to Prof Prithi Pal Singh Kapur for his thorough research. He mentioned that writing truth was the foremost responsibility, and this book gets success in this test.
The evening concluded with the award distribution ceremony. Hardarshan Memorial International Trust and Canadian Ramgarhia Society presented lifetime achievement awards to Prof Ashiq Raheel and Iqbal Qaiser for their outstanding work for the promotion of Punjabi language and other literary works and memorial awards were presented to Professor Akhtar Hussain Sandhu and Qasim Ali for significant works in their respective fields.
On behalf of Canadian Ramgarhia Society Public Relations Officer Surinder Singh Jabbal, the host announced that an award of three lakhs rupees would be given to one Pakistani student for completing MPhil or PhD degree on Jassa Singh Ramgarhia whereas fifty thousands rupees will be given to supervisor of the research thesis too.