Prof Raghuvendra Tanwar’s study of Partition shattered many myths propagated for years. On January 5, he was appointed the chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).
New Delhi: The Union government on Tuesday (January 25) announced that Historian Prof Raghuvendra Tanwar will be conferred Padma Shri.
A renowned historian, Prof Tanwar was appointed the chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) on January 5. Prof Tanwar said, “It is a great honour and it was a total surprise for me. My work has been recognised.”
After almost 38 years in service, Prof Tanwar superannuated from Kurukshetra University in Haryana in February 2015. At Kurukshetra University, he also served as Dean, Social Sciences and Dean, Academic Affairs.
From July 2016-December 2021, he was director of the Haryana Academy of History and Culture. Prof Tanwar is highly recognised for his research work focusing on the Partition and history of Jammu and Kashmir.
Prof Tanwar is highly reputed for his contribution to the study of the partition of India, mainly Punjab. He is also acclaimed for his pathbreaking research on understanding the history of Jammu and Kashmir in the critical phase of 1947-1953. His book, Be Clear Kashmir will Vote for India, has questioned the existing common historical narratives explaining how public opinion in Kashmir, irrespective of religion, was clearly in favour of merger with India.
His writings and research on the partition of India have impacted the mainstream narrative, making the study an important point of reference.
Prof Tanwar’s latest study, The Story of India’s Partition’ has been published by the Publication Division of the Union government. His monograph, Introduction to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, is highly acclaimed.
He has also co-edited a five-volume study of the speeches and writings of Punjab’s legendary peasant leader Shri Chhotu Ram.
Not just an academician, Prof Tanwar is a well-known sportsperson, having captained the University and the Haryana State Lawn Tennis teams. Passionate about bringing social change, Prof Tanwar is associated with multiple educational institutions devoted promoting girls education, especially in rural areas.
The Union government Tuesday (January 25), on the eve of the Republic Day, announced Padma awards. 128 personalities have been conferred awards including 4 Padma Vibhushan, 21 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri.
Shri Radheyshyam Khemka of Gita Press Gorakhpur, Shri Kalyan Singh, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Ms. Prabha Atre have been conferred country’s second highest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan.