Chandigarh, September 17 – Dr Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and former President of Initiatives of Change will be in the city tomorrow for the launch of his new book on Punjab’s history.The event is jointly organised by the publishers, Aleph of New Delhi, and Aitihasiki, Panjab University’s History Department Alumni Association.
Titled “Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten ” the work is researched in India, Pakistan and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The book narrates a 240-year story of what old-timers know as undivided Punjab, beginning with the 1707 death of Emperor Aurangzeb and ending with the 1947 division into West Punjab and East Punjab.
Post-1707 instability, invasions by Nadir Shah and Ahmed Shah Abdali, Afghan-Sikh clashes, half a century of Sikh rule, a century of British rule, the movements for independence and majority rule, the carnage of 1947, and the humanity that countered the carnage — all this and more is covered and interpreted.
The book will be launched on 18 September 2013 at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy in Sector 43 at 11.30 AM by his excellency Sh Shivraj Patil, the Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator.