Prof. Kirpal Singh, renowned Sikh historian and chronicler, passes away

Prof. Kirpal Singh (95), the renowned Sikh historian and chronicler, has passed away in Chandigarh on May 7, 2019. He was the first chronicler of India’s partition. The historian had retired as professor and head of the department of Punjab Historical Studies in Punjabi University, Patiala. Before joining Punjabi University, he was lecturer at the Khalsa College in Amritsar and worked on the Sikh historical research. With over 40 books on history to his credit, the Akal Takht had in 2014 conferred the title of National Professor of Sikhism on him. To compile the history of Partition, he even visited UK in early 1960s and interviewed many bigwigs who associated with it, including then Prime Minister Clement Attlee. Kirpal had established the Oral History Cell at Punjabi University in 1973 having over 400 statements of eminent persons in several fields.

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