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.