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|• Type||Panchayati raj (India)|
|• Body||Gram panchayat|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Shankar is a large size village that lies on the Nakodar-Jandiala Road. The nearest railway station to this village is Shankar Railway station about 2 km from the village. One of the oldest villages of the state of Punjab, this village has given birth to many scholarly people, politicians, army officers, engineers, doctors, prominent teachers and journalists.
S. Pratap Singh was the President of SGPC for three terms (1933–36). His son S. Swaran Singh has been the longest serving cabinet minister in India. Swarn Singh (19 August 1907 to 30 October 1994) Qualification: M.Sc. Physics and L.L.B. Profession: Advocate and Teacher in Layallpur Khalsa College. Political Career: Elected as member Legislative Assembly, in 1942. Minister of Steel, Fuel and Mines, Union Government of India—1952-1957 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Union Government of India—1970-1974 Minister of Defence, Union Government of India—1974-1975 Chairman Indian Congress Committee for two terms.
He served as Minister for External Affairs, Railways, Defence, Food, Science and Technology in the ministries of Pt. Nehru, Mr. Shastri and Mrs. Gandhi. S. Balbir Singh was the health minister of Punjab.
Recently S. Apinder Singh become Chairman Of Market Committee Nakodar whose Father S. Jarnail Singh was freedom fighter and got many award including Rashtrapati Award.
A belief still prevails among the ladies of the village “if a lady does not sing and dance during the chhinj, a mishappening may occur either in her family or in the village29.” It is celebrated during the month of October every year.
Famous personalities of shankar village
Swaran Singh, former Cabinet Minister of India
Sardar Balbir Singh, former MP
Dr. Major Chanan Singh --He was M.B.B.S. and joined British Indian Army during the Second World War. He was widely travelled man. He left the Army in 1946 and started medical practice in his area. At that time there was no professionally qualified doctor in his area. He used to travel to the villages to treat patients. He even used to treat patients at his own expense. He served his village as Sarpanch for 25 years. He also served as member Legislative Council, Punjab. During his tenure as Sarpanch of the village, he got all the streets paved and improved the sanitation and established Girl High School in Shankar. He also established a model government hospital in Shankar. He also played a leading role in establishing two colleges at Nakodar and mobilized financial resources from the Shankarites and his friends abroad.
Kewal Singh--He was a Takhar, I.C.S. officer who later on shifted to Indian Foreign Services. He served as Secretary, Foreign Affairs, Government of India. He also served as foreign secretary to S. Sawarn Singh as Union Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also employed as visiting professor on ‘Foreign Affairs’ in a US university.
Sukhwinder Singh Purewal has served as member Bloc Samiti, Nakodar and as President, Congress Committee, bloc, Nakodar. He has also been appointed as Secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee. 85
Rai Bahadur Rala Ram served as Chief Engineer in the Indian Railway and also contributed to the development of the village. Two of his grandsons Subash Kumar I.P.S. retired, Ramesh Kumar Tondon served as an eminent engineer in the Indian Railway.
Balwant Rai Tondon served as special Secretary PEPSU.
Jaganath Pandy and his son Rakesh Pandy served as ministers in the Govt of Punjab.
Chaudhary Darshan Singh senior Congress leader and former Chairman Punjab Mandikarn Board hailed from Shankar.
The village is credited with about 10 Ph.D academicians including overseas Shankarites.
Kartar Kaur Takhar, Surinder Kaur (Takhar) and Kulwinder Kaur (Takhar) got the credit being the first of three graduate girls of Shankar in late 1950’s. Jagjit Singh Takhar, an Akali leader, got the distinction of authoring the first book on poltry farming in Punjabi language. This book was also written in Hindi language later on. The former Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana, while admiring the book, wrote the forward of his book.
Army 1. Baba Khajan Singh, a soldier in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army sacrificied his life in the Anglo Sikh War, Sabhrawana. His memorial in the village stands witness to his sacrefice. 2. Karnail Singh Takhar served Indian National Army to liberate India from the clutches of British Imperialism. 3. Captain Inder Singh got King’s Commission in 1924 and served as a member of Privy Council. He was a good player of polo. He also enjoyed good relations with his officers. During senior his ill health after retirement, British Chief of Army Staff personally visited him. 4. Major Parkash Singh got Victoria Cross. 86 5. Second Lt. Bhupinder Kumar Vaid got Veer Chakara. His memorial stands at the railway station, Shankar. 6. Colonel Gurbax Singh Takhar. 7. Colonel Daljit Singh, son of Captain Inder Singh, is now serving the society by running a model school in Shankar, namely ‘Surindera Model High School, Shankar.’ 8. Lt. General (Retd) Balraj Singh Takhar was second to former Chief of Indian Army Staff, Major General J.J. Singh. 9. Pettegrew (1977, 78) points out that Shankar had produced 30 Commissioned Officers in 1970. 10. Darbara Singh and Jagjit Singh, (interview on August 29, 2005) said that in 1965 there were 365 army personnels from Shankar45
Journalists Rajinder Singh Purewal, journalist settled in UK.
Rishi Nagar is a leading Canadian media personality, philanthropist, journalist, and Canadian Radio broadcaster at RED FM 106.7, Calgary. Rishi’s candor, wit and commanding on-air presence are his valuable assets that helped him earn the genuine support of a huge, enthusiastic audience, along with high reviews on the radio.
Rishi started his professional career as an English teacher at Arya College For Women, Nurmahal, India and soon laddered up to the august post of the Principal. After serving a great amount of time in his teaching tenure, he joined the Dainik Jagran, a national Hindi daily, as a Chief Reporter. Rishi’s gift for storytelling, joined with his unique and informed insights on current affairs incorporated a lot in giving dramatic shift to his career. He interviewed the then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee, former President of India, Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and many top political personalities of India. He recalls his young days fondly and his familiar entertaining persona is completely authentic. His irascibility on various local and international issues appears to be equally authentic, impacted by many hard knocks while walking up his way. Because of his pursuit towards achieving fairness for the community, he continuously receives flak from his counterparts, and from many disguised as social workers. Should that bother him? No, because he believes that the truth has to be told to the general public, and they should decide what’s right and wrong. There is no point in fooling the people because eventually and evidently, the righteousness wins! Rishi has become a well-known face and voice within the South Asian Community in Calgary, Canada. He spends a lot of his time volunteering and uses his platform to showcase talent, raise awareness, and educate the South Asian Community. He can always be counted on to get a helping hand within the community.
Munish Nagar-He is a journalist based in Chandigarh. Munish is a first cousin of Rishi Nagar. He did his MA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Punjabi University, Patiala. He started his career as a trainee journalist in Times of India. After passing his Masters', Munish joined a South Korean news portal and covered North India. Later, he joined Hindustan Times and he also spent three years in a regional news channel Day and Night News. Currently, Munish is working as a Senior Special Correspondent in Punjab Kesari TV. Punjab Kesari is a prominent news group of North region. He had formed South Asian Citizen Reporters Network with his Pakistani friend Mohammad Aslam Khan. They both set an example of communal harmony. He attended the Third Citizen Reporters Conference held at Seoul, South Korea. He was the member of peace delegation visited Sri Lanka. He also visited other countries in Asia. Munish is a die hard fan of the Latin American Marxist Icon Ernesto Che Guevara.
- Chhinjh Mela Shankar Shri Krishan Akhada, Chhinjh Committee, VPO: Shankar, Jalandhar, Punjab (INDIA-144042)
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