Monday, January 19, 2015

Sher Jung - the forgotten hero

Every Monday I am drawn to the weekly column  ‘Vignettes’ by  Shriniwas Joshi, in ‘The Tribune’. This time he has written  about  Col. Sher Jung , a multifaceted  personality  and forgotten hero from District Sirmour of Himachal Pradesh.A patriot and a freedom fighter, as also a writer  who rubbed  shoulders with  the great  revolutionary Bhagat Singh and  literary giants like  Agyeya , he was  lucky enough  that his death sentence  was commuted to  life imprisonment  under  British rule .The  title of Colonel was conferred upon him by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru in recognition of his services rendered before and after independence. I have  not yet gone through the Book  edited by Mr. Shakti Singh Chandel, which is the source of  Mr. Joshi’s write up, but  am confident  that it would be immensely readable, as 'The Tribune' carried  excerpts from this book in  September2007, in one of its Sunday editions  , which were quite absorbing  .
It may not be out of place to mention here that Sher Jung’s grandson,  Samaresh Jung is an ace   shooter  who along with his shooter wife, Anuja Jung  has brought laurels to the country and the state  with a rich haul of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals  in various national and International events like the Commonwealth games.

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