Chaman Lal

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Chaman Lal[1] (born August 27, 1947) is an Indian academic and author. He retired as Professor in Hindi translation at Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Early life and education[edit]

Lal was born on 27 August 1947 in Rampura Phul town of Bathinda district in Punjab and had his early education there. He received an Master of Arts degree in Hindi and Punjabi from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has an MA in linguistics and a Ph.D in Hindi from Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi.

Career[edit]

Prior to his retirement from Jawaharlal Nehru University,New Delhi as Professor and former Chairperson of Centre of Indian Languages, Chaman Lal was the head of the Department of Hindi at Punjabi University, Patiala. He served as Hindi Officer in Corporation Bank, Bombay, and as sub-editor in the newspaper Jansatta in New Delhi before joining Punjabi University as a lecturer in Hindi in 1985. He also served for two years at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, during 1994-95 as Reader in Hindi Translation.Finally he joined as Professor in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in April 2005.Dr. Chaman Lal is a well-known writer of Hindi, Punjabi, and English.He served as Visiting Professor on Hindi Chair at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad&Tobago for year October 2010 – 2011.He joined back JNU in January 2012 and retired from there in January end 2013.

Ideology[edit]

Chaman Lal is committed to progressive, rational and scientific humanist outlook and influenced by Marxist thought. During the emergency (1975–77), he was imprisoned for seven months.

Honours and awards[edit]

1. Sahitya Akademi National Translation Prize-2002
2. National Award by Central Hindi Directorate-2001
3. Shiromani Hindi Sahityakar Award by Punjab Govt.-2003
4. Justice Shardacharan Setu Samman, Kolkata-2006
5. Honoured by many cultural organizations.

Published books[edit]

History of Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries[edit]

Hindi[edit]

  • Bhagat Singh Aur Unke Sathiyon Ke Dastavej (Co- edited), ( Preface by Shiv Verma, close associate of Bhagat Singh ) 1986/87
  • Bhagat Singh Ke Sampooran Dastavej (Edited) ( 2004), ( Preface by Bhagat Singh’s younger brother Kultar Singh)
  • Bhagat Singh ke Rajnitik Dastavez (Edited), NBT, New Delhi (Hindi) 2007
  • Shaheed Bhagat Singh: Dastavezon ke Aiane Mein (Edited) Published by Govt. of India Publication Division 2007
  • Ghadar Party Nayak-Kartar Singh Sarabha 2007
  • Bhagat Singh, Medha publications Delhi 2009
  • Krantiveer Bhagat Singh: Abhyuodey aur Bhavishya (edited), 2012, published by Lokbharti Prakashan, Allahabad/Delhi

English[edit]

  • Jail Note book and Other Writings-Bhagat Singh (Compiled and Introduction) 2007
  • Understanding Bhagat Singh, 2013, Aakar Books, Delhi(Publisher)

Punjabi[edit]

  • Bhagat Singh de Syasi Dastavez(Edited), National Boot Trust, New Delhi, 2011
  • Bhagat Singh:Vicharvan Inqlabi, (Punjabi), Navyug Press, New Delhi 2009
  • Ghadar party Naik Kartar Singh Sarabha (Punjabi), NBT, New Delhi, 2008
  • Inqlabi Itihas De Sunehari Panne (History) (Punjabi) 2005
  • Punjabi Translation of Manmath Nath Gupt’s ‘Bharat Ke Krantikari’, (Close associate of Bhagat Singh, Serialized in Ghadar Party Memorial Hall Jalandhar’s Punjab journal ‘DeshBhagat Yaadan’, edited by legendary Ghadarite Baba Gurmukh Singh)

Marathi[edit]

  • Bhagat Singh:Sampuran Vangmay(Edited) (Preface by Justice P.B. Sawant, retired Supreme Court Judge ) 2007

Urdu[edit]

  • Bhagat Singh ke Syasi Dastavez(Edited), NBT, New Delhi, 2010

Apart from his writings on Bhagat Singh,he also delivered sixty plus lectures in India and abroad during Bhagat Singh centenary(2006–08)and after till 2013

Book in Hindi[edit]

Criticism[edit]

Yashpal Ke Upanyason Mein Rajnitik Chetna. 1986
Pratinidhi Hindi Upanayas. 1988
Yashpal Ke Upnayas 2002
Sahitya Sanskriti Ka Pragatisheel Samajshastriya Avlokan 2002
Guru Ravi Das: Dalit Sahitya Ke Agardoot 1998
Kavita ke Manviya Sarokar 2005
Dalit Sahitya: Eik Mulyankan 2008

Edited[edit]

Vartman Ke Rubru (Selected Prose Writings and Evaluation of Paash) 2000 Dalit Aur Ashwet Sahitya 2001 Hindi Patarkarita:Vividh Aayam 2006 Yashpal Ke Upanyas:Vividh Preprekshya 2006 Jagdish Chander:Dalit Jivan ke Upanyaskar-2010

Edited and translation[edit]

Beech Ka Raasta Nahin Hot-Paash 1989
Samay ‘o Bhai Samay-Paash 1993, (Winner of Sahitya Academy National Translation Prize -2001)
Lahu Hai Ke Phir Bhi Gata Hai –Paash 1998
Jab Janjire Tootengi-Paash 2002
Sampooran Kavitayen-Paash 2004
Kabhi Nahin Socha Tha -Surjit Patar 1998, (Winner of Central Hindi Directorate’s National Award for Year 2001)
Dr. Daljit Singh Ki Pratinidhi Kavitayen (Edited & Translated) 2003
TejaSingh (Translation) 1997
Dharamguru (Translation) 2005

Andhere Mein Sulgati Varanmala-Surjit Patar-Translation with introduction of poet's Sahitya Akademi award winning collection,2010

Shreshath Kahanian-Waryam Singh Sandhu (Selection&Trans.), 2009

Books in English[edit]

  • The Punjabi and Dalit Images in Indian literature (Criticism) 1998
  • Gurmukhi Manuscripts in Patiala 1990
  • Storms Never Know Defeat-Paash (Edited) 1989
  • Dalit and Woman in Indian Literature (edited-bilingual) 2001

Books in Punjabi[edit]

Criticism[edit]

Punjabi Novel Te Desh Di Wand Da Parbhav,Amritsar, 1985
Prasangvash,Haranad,Delhi, 1996
Shahkar Sahita Te Sahitkar,Chetna Prakashan Ludhiana, 2000

Edited and translation[edit]

Vartman De Rubru Kala,Sahit Te Sabhiachar,Punjabi University,Patiala, - Luxun 1999
Ekam-Translation-(Birender Kumar Bhattacharya ‘s novel),NBT,New Delhi, 1987
Bharti Jailan Vich Panj Vareh-Translation-Mary Tylor,Tarakbharti,Barnala(Punjab) 1985/2006

Books in Marathi[edit]

Sampuran Bhagat Singh Vangmaya (Translation with preface by retired Supreme court judge P.B.Sawant) 2007
Paash Chya Nivadak Kavita (Translated) 2008

Apart from these books his writings are available on his blogger[2] and wordpress[3] blogs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biogdata of Dr. Chaman Lal". JNU. 
  2. ^ Dr. Chaman Lal. "Dr. Chaman Lal at Blogger". 
  3. ^ Dr. Chaman Lal. "Dr. Chaman Lal at wordpress".