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ਚਿੱਠੀ-ਪੱਤਰ | ਜੇਠ 546  Newsletter | May 2014
"It is absolutely imperative that we protect, preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it."
                                                                     - David R. Brower

Heritage cannot be seen from a disinterested viewpoint as every individual is an entity and an irremovable part of the heritage in totality. Heritage is borrowed by individuals from their families and social groups and it is our responsibility not just to keep the heritage intact, rather also, to add some value to it. Humans cause heritage grow and at the same time they are product of the heritage. Knowing one's heritage helps one understand how to face a situation that had been faced by the older generations in the older times. To add value to one's heritage, one needs to know it. This summer, let us try to acquaint ourselves with our heritage by visiting a fort, a monument, a museum or any site that has been a part of our heritage.

In This Issue
Digital Scorecard
Panjab During World War I
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Digital Scorecard
Documents digitized in Apr '14
In the month of April, we have digitized manuscripts, photographs and books from the collections of Punjab State Archives Department and those of Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board.
Total Pages   190,076
No. of Manuscripts   2
No. of Books   469
No. of Photographs   372
Panjab During World War I

Some of the countries and their people having neither any grouse nor any visible gains from these wars got sucked in the vortex of war. Similarly, India and its people got thickly involved in the two world wars, initiated and fought by the western colonial powers. Being a part of the mighty British Empire in 1914, Indian people forming the bulk of the British Indian Army became gunpowder for the enemy guns and their military arsenal during First World War. Of the total number of the Indian army personnel, half the number was provided by the Punjabis, majority of them being the Sikhs. The book “The Punjab and The War” [BK_004714 in the PDL digitized inventory] compiled by a contemporary British ICS officer M S Leigh on the basis of official records and printed by Govt. printing press in 1922 brings out these facts in extensive details. Besides recording the Punjab’s contribution to war in terms of men and money, it highlights a few other territorial, demographic and socio-political aspects about Panjab.


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

Banjar Ho Riha Punjab Book $21 Adopt
Dharam Pustak Vichon Book $76 Adopt
Dr. Surinder Singh Collection Manuscripts $514 Adopt
Dr. Gurdarshan Dhillon Collection Books/Magazines $4745 Adopt
Baba 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 ji 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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