Book on Hindu College’s history unveiled

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Justice AK Sikri, released a book titled Hindu College, Delhi-A people’s Movement (Pp 187, ISBN 978-93-83098-28-6, Rs 1,250) at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi recently. The book has been authored by Dr Kavita A Sharma and WD Mathur and published by Niyogi Books. The book describes the journey of Hindu College; its setting up, its growth and how the college reached the distinguished position it occupies today. It contains authentic material and photographs about the college from libraries, archives, individuals and location visits.

This first-ever illustrated book on the history of Hindu College, takes readers on a journey from adventure to endless amazing revelations. The book highlights the circumstances of its establishment and evolution, which perhaps would gradually fade away from most people’s minds. The book has been divided into following main topics such as – Roots of nationalism, Establishment and growth of Hindu College, The people, Creation and evolution of democratic spaces, From the mists of time, Distinguished alumni awardees and Bibliography. Each chapter has detailed information with supporting images from that period, taking the reader on a journey since its inception in 1899.

The college has produced some of the most illustrious alumni who have contributed to different fields resulting in the overall progress of our country. The authors Dr Kavita A Sharma, the first lady principal of Hindu College, Delhi and currently director of India International Centre, New Delhi and WD Mathur, retired bureau chief, The Indian Express, New Delhi – have both researched extensively for this book. The essence of more than three years of relentless pursuit of authentic material from individuals, libraries, archives and location visits, has been finally distilled in the form of the book. Their research led to the discovery of archival documents, invaluable photographs and miscellaneous unknown facts about the college that were hidden in the labyrinth of time.

The book will appeal to both older and present generation of people who are linked in some way to the prestigious Hindu College including the students who would read this book with a sense of nostalgia and pride. It is truly a collector’s item!

–Varsha Verma

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