BABA BANDA SINGH BAHADUR CHAIR
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra
(Established by the State Legislature Act XII of 1956)
NATIONAL SEMINAR On “Banda Singh Bahadur and His Activities in Haryana”
04th November 2016
VENUE : SENATE HALL
KURUKSHETRA UNIVERSITY KURUKSHETRA :
Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, laid the foundation stone of Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra on 11th January, 1957 as a unitary residential university with only one Department of Sanskrit. Now it is multi-faculty University with more than 40 Teaching Departments, 445 faculty members and 457 affiliated colleges and institutes and is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It is spread over 400 acres. The University is engaged in the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research in science, technology, humanities, social sciences, performing arts and sports. It is rated as a premier institution of higher learning in India. The university with a vision to be globally acknowledged as a distinguished centre of academic excellence has been striving to prepare a class of proficient scholars and professionals with ingrained human values and commitment. It aims to expand the frontiers of knowledge for the advancement of society.
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY :
The Department of History is one of the oldest Departments of the University founded in 1961 with an emphasis on teaching and research activities. The range of teaching and research include Medieval / Modern / Contemporary Indian History, South Asian Studies and Regional History with special emphasis on Haryana and Punjab studies. The Department has introduced a two years Post-Graduate Teaching Programme, i.e., M.A. in South Asian Studies w.e.f. the Session 2014-15. Currently the Department of History offers M.A. (History) & (South Asian Studies), M. Phil (History) and Ph.D. courses. Given its geographical location most of the research concerns the study of the broad North-Western Region (including Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Colonial Punjab). Our researches have included inquiries into the polity, economy, society and culture during Medieval / Modern / Contemporary India integrated with inter-disciplinary perspective.
During the recent past the Department has began to lay emphasis regarding the study and research on Agrarian Classes, Agrarian Movements, Gender Study, Dalit and Weaker Sections, Environmental Study and other emerging areas of study and research in History. During the last three years the Department has successfully organized three National Seminars, One Refresher Course and One International Conference on the themes related to the Agrarian History and Social Justice and partition of India. On the platform of Research Forum the Department has also organized a number of Extension Lectures on the different themes of study and research in History.
ABOUT THE SEMINAR & AIMS AND OBJECTIVE OF THE SEMINAR :
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was one of the most remarkable men that India produced in the 18th century A.D. He was commissioned by Guru Gobin Singh to Punjab as a Commander of the Khalsa forces. He was instructed to wage an armed struggle against the unjust rule of the Mughals in North India and to establish a Sovereign Sikh State. He was liberal in his treatment of Hindus and Muslims and many of whom joined the Sikh faith and took up arms under him. He was the first to seize territory for the Khalsa and paved the way of the ultimate conquest of the Punjab by them. In the conquered territory extending several Mughal sarkars, Banda Bahadar had virtually supplanted the Mughal Empire. He heralded the new State by striking a coin, deriving his authority from God through the grace of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. He shook one of the most powerful empires in the world to its very foundations with such violence that it was never again able to reestablish its authority.
Banda Singh Bahadur was the first man among the Sikhs who laid down the foundation of political sovereignty of the Khalsa. He was the master of the whole region lying between the Sutlej and Jamuna and he reigned and exacted tributes from all sections of the population. He made Sikhism popular with the people of Punjab by his bravery and generosity. He had sown what the Khalsa State meant. He had brought about a revolution in the minds of the Sikhs and a will was aroused among the common men to struggle against the oppresive system.
Besides leading a war against the tyranny of the Mughal Government, the Sikh movement under Banda Singh Bahadur also signified a powerful protest against the beneficiaries of the existing structure of authority. He attempted to abolished the zamindari system and introduced peasant proprietorship. Large estates were broken into smaller holdings in the lands of Sikh or Hindu peasants. These agrarian changes, of a great extent, ameliorated the lot of the poor peasantry. The declaration of the abolition of Jagirdari System and rights of proprietorship is recognized even today as one of the best fiscal reforms done by Banda Singh Bahadur.
Banda Singh Bahadur, finally sarificed his life at the altar of nationa and for th cause of the common man when he was exeuted on a 9th June 1716 at Mehrauli, New Delhi. The tri-centenary year of the martydom of this great personality was celebrated during the year 2016 by the Government of Haryana, Punjab and Banda Singh Bahadur Sikh Samparday and other social organizations. Banda Singh Bahadur in a way started a kind of revolutionary changes in the political, socio-cultural, and economic aspects of the people of this area which continued in the time to come during the courses of 19th and 20th centuries.
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Chair since June 2012 is actively engaged on the study and research on the different dimensions/aspects related to the Ideology, achievements and legacy of this great martyr. In this direction earlier the Chair had organized a two day National Seminar on ‘Revisiting Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and His Times” on 2nd-3rd April, 2013. Eminent historians and scholars across the country had made their presentation in that Seminar with special reference to the Persian and Sikh historiography on the subject. Afterwards, a one-day special Academic Programme was organized by the Chair on the 344th Birth Anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on 13th November, 2014 where eminent historians debated on the Rajasthani Sources for the reconstruction of the history of Banda Singh Bahadur. Afterwards a One-day National Seminar on, Banda Singh Bahadur and the First Sikh State, was organized on October 16, 2015 where the scholars debated on the significance of the First Sikh State and the celeberations of tri-centenary year of the mardytdom of Banda Singh Bahadur.
It is with this background that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Chair realize that there is a dire need to organize a national Seminar on “Banda Singh Bahadur and His Activities in Haryana”. This Seminar will be dedicated to the 346th Birth Anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. In this national Seminar the eminent historians, scholars and researchers from the differenet parts of India/ different Universities of India will participate as Keynote Speaker, Valedictory Speaker, Guests of Honour, and Chairpersons of the Technical Sessions, Delegates and Resource Persons. This national Seminar will make a humble attempt to add one more chapter to the study and research on the different aspects/themes related to the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur especially the activities of the Khalsa in the present day Haryana. Special focus will be made to deliberate on the military and civil significances of the fortress of Longarh Which was the capital of the first sikh sovereing state under Banda Singh Bahadur. This Seminar will be an intensive mix of Lectures by the eminent historians/scholars, presentation of seminar papers by the delegates/participants, panel discussions and imparting of some essential software skills, i.e., power point presentation and the like.
SUB – THEMES :
- Guru Gobind Singhji and Banda Singh Bahadur
- Historical Geography of Banda Singh Bahadur.
- Historiography on Banda Singh Bahadur
- Recent trends on the study of Banda Singh Bahadur.
- Punjab and Haryana during the Early 18th Century India.
- Mughal North India and the Agrarian Crisis.
- First Sovereign Sikh State : Military and Civil Aspects
- Fortress of Lohgarh
- Martyrdom of Banda Singh Bahadur.
- Legacies of Banda Singh Bahadur.
- Any other related sub-theme.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL SEMINAR
- Patron Prof. Kailash Chandra Sharma
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
- Director of Seminar Professor Amarjit Singh
III Organizing Secretary :
(i) Mr. Dharamveer Saini, Assistant Professor, Department of History
IV Registration Fee
Rs. 600/- from Teachers of Colleges and Departments
Rs. 300/- from Research Scholars/Students/others.
Venue of Seminar Senate Hall (University Auditorium)
Kurukshetra: 136 119, Haryana
Dates of Seminar 04th NOVEMBER 2016
Submission of Papers :
The Participants are requested to send their research papers of approximately10 to 15 pages with a 400 words abstract preferably as e-mail attachments at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
The participants are requested to mail/submit their research papers latest by 25.10.2016
For participation and further enquiry contact:-
Prof. Amarjit Singh
Director, National Seminar
Director, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Chair, Department of History,
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Landphone No(s): 01744-238410, 238196, 238679, Extn. 2704
Organizing Secretarys: Mr. Dharamveer Saini
Department of History, K.U.Kurukshetra
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