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Dr. Dharm Pal

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Dr. Dharm Pal
Born(1908-08-22)22 August 1908
Kangra, Punjab, British India
(now in Himachal Pradesh, India)
💀Died(1992-12-07)7 December 1992
Delhi(1992-12-07)7 December 1992
🏳️ NationalityIndian
🎓 Alma mater
💼 Occupation
Historian, Writer
Authoring books about Indian history
👩 Spouse(s)Vidya Devi

Dr. Dharm Pal (22 August 1908 – 07 December 1992) was a noted historian. He was fluent in 7 languages – English, Hindi, Arabic, French, Persian, German, and Urdu.

After serving as a Professor of History at the D.A.V. College (Lahore), he worked in the Government of India in the Ministry of Defence (India) and later in the Ministry of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs (involved in writing The Gazette of India). He was associated with the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library during which time he wrote and edited numerous works on Jawaharlal Nehru. He also wrote a number of published white papers on subjects ranging from the Bengal Legislative Assembly to Educational Reconstruction in Punjab.

Dr. C.C. Davies, MA, PhD, Reader in Indian History at the University of Oxford had this to say in the context of one of his books: “Dr. Dharm Pal’s thesis on the ‘Administration of Sir John Lawrence in India’ is a genuine and necessary piece of research based on an intelligent use of the available original manuscript sources in India. So far as I am aware it is the first history of this period of British rule written by an Indian scholar. It is fortunate...The author belongs to that school of historians who spend their lives in record offices and who are not content with merely reproducing the results of more conscientious research workers in the same field. Dr. Dharm Pal is to be congratulated on having produced a readable and unbiased account of the activities of this famous frontier official and Governor-General.”

Selected publications[edit]

Books Authored
  • The North-West Frontier (1843-1947). National Information & Publications, 1947.
  • Administration of Sir John Lawrence in India (1864-1869). Minerva Book Shop, 1952.
  • Poorbeah Soldier. Atma Ram, 1957.
  • Tatya Tope, the hero of India's first war of independence 1857- 1859, with a preword, by S. Radhekrishman. Hindustan Times, 1957.
  • The Campaign in Italy (1943-45). Orient Longmans, 1960.
  • The Indian Army. Publications Division (India), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, 1967.
  • Rajasthan. National Book Trust, India, 1968.
  • Traditions of the Indian Army. National Book Trust, India, 1978.
  • Campaign in Western Asia, Operations in Jammu & Kashmir (1947-48), edited by S N Prasad. Orient Longmans, 1957.
  • Delhi: History and Places of Interest - edited by Dr Prabha Chopra. Publications Division (India), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, 1975.

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