Saturday, 11 June 2011

Punjabi scholar Dr HS Shan a major loss to the Punjab.

Dr Harnam Singh Shan

The entire literary fraternity of the region has plunged into gloomy despair after learning about the demise of the city-based scholar of international eminence, Dr Harnam Singh Shan (88), at his sector 16 residence here yesterday after a brief illness. He had returned after an eight-month tour of the US last month.

Born at Dhamal (Pakistan), Shan did his post graduation in English and Punjabi before studying at London for his Phd and was later awarded DLitt from PU, Chandigarh.

Shan had 88 books, mainly on Sufi and Sikh philosophy to his credit, besides seven more awaiting publications. “So Says Guru Granth Sahib- An Analytical and Comprehensive Dictionary of the Thought of the Sacred Sikh Scripture” running into 1,428 pages (For Punjabi University, Patiala) is the apex of his genius.

Universally adored with 11 national and international awards, having held 110 positions in literary organisations, participation in 200 conferences in India and abroad, Dr Shan elicited appreciation for his address at the Parliament of World religion in Melbourne (Australia) in December 2009. It was indeed a salutation to his spiritually enlightened vision and literary prominence.

Dr Shan presented his paper and deliberations on the “Universality of Sri Guru Granth Sahib” to the 8,000 religious scholars of the world, besides participating in the panel discussions on different religions.

Incidentally one is reminded of the illustrious Swami Vivekanand who created history at the September 1893 session of this parliament by glorifying the grandeur of the Indian cultural heritage and philosophy of the religion.

Dr Harnam Singh Shan leaves behind his son and three daughters. As per Maj Gen Gaganjit Singh (retd), the funeral of Dr Shan will take place tomorrow at 2 pm at sector 25 crematorium.

CM expresses grief

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal has expressed grief over the demise of Dr Harnam Singh Shan. “Punjab has lost a luminary and a void has been created in the literary circles,” he said.

SD Sharma. Chandigarh, Tribune India, June 10

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