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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਚੇਤ 547  Newsletter | Apr 2015
"A community without its records is a community under siege, defending itself, its identity, and its version of history without a firm foundation on which to stand."
                                                                                                         - Jeannette Bastian

It is quite easy to blame. Humans tend to blame others for their own frailities. We are in a habit of blaming other cultures of overpowering and marginalizing our culture. A bigger fish aways tries to eat the smaller ones. Each culture tries to prove and get itself bigger and it is foolish to expect that another culture will give cover to our culture. A mutual infuence cannot be denied wherever and whenever cultures overlap and intersect, but it is wise for us all to meticulously choose what is to be accepted and what not. We are responsible for saving and reestablishing the heritage of our forefathers. The nations that forget their cultural heritage are already on their journey towards doom, and it is better to wake up before it is too late.

We always have an option to strongly defy the notions of other cultures trying to portray their own cultures superior than ours by drawing a bigger line.

In This Issue
Digital Scorecard
Farid Ji, a Great Patriarch
Dr. Harnam Singh Shaan
Support PDL
Thank You


Digital Scorecard
In the months between September 2014 and March 2015, we have digitized manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers, magazines and pamphlets from the collections of Punjab State Archives Department, Giani Sher Singh of Ambala, those of Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, Preetlari and Punjab Vidhan Sabha. 951,122 pages were digitized during this period.

  Category No. of Documents
  Books   2455
  Newspapers   674
  Magazines   346
  Photographs   282
  Maps   39
  Manuscripts   29
  Pamphlets   3
  Theses   1


Farid Ji, a Great Patriarch

Sheikh Farid-ud-Din Masud reverently called 'Ganj-i-Shakkar' (storehouse of candy), has been a great patriarch of Punjab and Panjabi language. He was bornand flourished in Punjab during the years 1173-1265 A.D. He was a renowned scholar, an eminent man of wisdom and 'a' devoted darwesh who dedicated his life to the attainment of Union with God'. He was also a loving and widely revered preceptor who established his gaddi (holy seat) at Pakpattan, the line of whose disciples included even the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi, Sheikh Nizam-ud-Din Aulya. He was such a prominent and popular moral and spiritual teacher of men that his holy name has been revered by the people of Punjab now for almost eight centuries.



News of the Month

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Ad of the Month

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  Harnam Singh Shaan
Dr. Harnam Singh Shaan (1923-2011) was born to Sarban Singh and Tej Kaur at Village Dhamial District Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He was married to Parkash Kaur and had three daughters and and a son. He was the head of the department of Punjabi at Panjab University. He has also chaired the Guru Nanak Dev Chair at the university. He has also headed the Department of Sikh Studies in the university. He resided in Chandigarh. He wrote in Punjabi, Persian, English and Sindhi languages.


This time, we have selected two books and three collections for adoptions. You may also choose to adopt from the complete list of books.

  Who are the Guilty?   Book   $12 Adopt
  History of Punjab Hill States   Book   $78 Adopt
  Dr. Surinder Singh Collection   Manuscripts   $514 Adopt
  Dr. Gurdarshan Dhillon Collection   Books/Magazines   $4745 Adopt
  Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi Collection   Manuscripts   $10349 Adopt

PDL is also offering an opportunity to adopt three complete collections of Dr. Surinder Singh, Dr. Gurdarshan Dhillon and Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi. The collections, respectively, consist of 3 manuscripts, 203 books and magazines and 85 manuscripts. Your support by adopting these collections will help us digitize around 90,000 pages and keep these collections online for all times to come.


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Thank You

We thank our contributors who extended monetary, in-kind or voluntary support. We appreciate every single contribution you made.

5 Rivers Foundation (AZ, USA) Ajay P S Bajwa (NC, USA) Amardeep Singh (NC, USA)
Amardeep Singh Deol (BC, Canada) Anoopjit Singh Kooner (CA, USA) Avneet Kaur (Chandigarh, India)
Baba Bedi (Bangalore, India) Baljinder Singh (Pinnaroo, Australia) Barinder Kaur (Mohali, India)
Daniel Keniston (MA, USA) Birinder PS Narang (BC, Canada) Darshan Sahri (Alberta, Canada)
Dharminder S Sethi (SC, USA) Erik Youngren (AZ, USA) Gunnar T. Vilhjalmsson (Berkshire, UK)
Gurmehar Foundation (CA, USA) Gurparkash Singh (CA, USA) Gurpreet Kaur (NJ, USA)
Guru Nanak Sikh Gurd. Soc. (BC, Canada) Gurucharan Singh (New Delhi, India) Gurvinder Singh (TX, USA)
Gurvinder Singh (IL, USA) Harbhajan Kaur (New Delhi, India) Hardeep Singh (Alberta, Canada)
Harpreet Singh Chiku (Ontario, Canada) Harvinder Singh Saran (NJ, USA) Inderpal Gumer (TX, USA)
J Singh (Walsall, Canada) Jaskaran S Sangha (CA, USA) Jasvir Singh (Bundala, India)
Jaswinder Singh Chadha (NJ, USA) Jatinder Parmar (Ontario, Canada) Jatinder Sidhu (VA, USA)
Jotinder S Mann (BC, Canada) Kamaldeep Dhillon (Victoria, Australia) Khalsa Credit Union (BC, Canada)
Kuljnder Kalsi (NJ, USA) Kulvir Gill (Ontario, Canada) Malkit Singh (Mohali, India)
Maninderpal Singh (Patiala, India) Manjinder Buttar (BC, Canada) Manpreet Jassal (NY, USA)
Manvinderpal Singh (CA, USA) Moninder Bindra (TX, USA) Munshi B. S. Kochhar Found'n (NY, USA)
Nari Singh (London, UK) Naveen Mata (MI, USA) Navjot Hanspal (PA, USA)
Navpreet Singh (Victoria, Australia) Pamela Singh (NY, USA) Parminder Dhillon (NC, USA)
Pawandeep Kaur (MA, USA) Pirtpal S Gill (BC, Canada) Prabhjot Singh (NCW, Australia)
Rajdeep Singh (NC, USA) Rajdip Singh (CA, USA) Ravneet Tiwana (CA, USA)
Riverpool Holidays (Chandigarh, India) S Mehta (CA, USA) Sajal Jain (BC, Canada)
Sarbjit Singh (Chandigarh, India) Sarbjit Singh (East Midlands, UK) Sarbjit Vilkhu (NY, USA)
Satinder PS Narang (BC, Canada) Sawdie Fernandez-Singh (CA, USA) Serjinder Singh (Glasgow, Canada)
Sevatec Inc. (VA, USA) Shailinder Bhullar (BC, USA) Simranjeet Jassal (VA, USA)
Sukhjinder Deo (OR, Canada) Sukhjot Dhindsa (Ontario, Canada) Sukhpreet Kaur (West Midlands, UK)
Surinder Kaur Narula (Newport, UK) Sutinder Kaur Chawla (WA, USA) Syed Hussain (Srinagar, India)
Terry Sidhu (BC, Canada) The UPS Store #0292 (TX, USA) United Steel Industries (New Delhi, India)
Vikram Singh (CA, USA) Yuktanand Singh (MI, USA)
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