Sushil Kumar (scholar)

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Dr Sushil Kumar is a nationalist scholar and a military Historian of India. He has been a champion of one world government and ardent spokesperson for the formation of United States of Indian Sub continent. In the said pursuit Kumar had inaugurated The World Peace Congress at Bangalore, India.[1] postulating upon the need for peaceful co existence and disarmament in the world.

A distinguished scholar and a former Officer of the Armed Forces of India Kumar had taught Military history and researched in war and Peace Studies. A product of DAV Colleges of Amritsar and Jullundur he studied International Law and History in the Center for International Politics, Organizations and Disarmament, School of International Studies, JNU under the guidance of Professor Mohammad Zuberi. Kumar holds a high a place among the respected apolitical Historians of India. He has continued in the forte of Social and Military History.

In December 2000 Kumar's name had figured in all the Indian Newspapers for his alleged official views as the Director Indian Council of Historical Research upon Babri Masjid controversy. The Scholar issued statement of clarification to quell the controversy which was carried by The Asian Age.

Kumar, had to bear the brunt for the statement mischievously ascribed to him from none else than the Council of ICHR acting on the diktat of the then MHRD Minister Murli manohar Joshi who had wanted Kumar's ouster from ICHR as he had been selected prior to him being the HRD Minister. Murli Manohar Joshi had termed Kumar as an Indian National Congress man. The action was initiated against him http://www.thehindu.com/2000/12/24/stories/0224000p.htm. When there was change of dispensation at the Central Government of India the Indian National Congress considered Kumar as an RSS man and he was sidelined and disallowed to function in vendetta. The apolitical scholar was sandwiched between the strifes of the Left, right and secularists to control the affairs of ICHR. http://www.rediff.com/news/2001/jan/05inter.htm.

Besides his excellence in academics Kumar had shared protege relations with Late Mrs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot and Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whom Kumar had saved, sustaining personal injuries, from the stone pelting mob at Boat Club at Raj Path during a violent agitation- protest of Sanjay Chopra/ Geeta Chopra murder case when shri Vajpayee was the External Affairs Minister of India. The scholar shares his closeness with the Samajwadi Leader Mulayam Singh and was a guest during the wedding of Akhilesh Yadav in 1998.

Its a common knowledge that Kumar, during his service at the Indian Council of Historical Research as the Director, ICHR; had to bear the onslaughts of suspecting Murali Manohar Joshi, Arjun Singh the HRD Ministers and riding upon them, the Leftist Parties of India who had been wielding control over the ICHR and other academic bodies in India. Unyielding to the pressures of the said he fought on till his "retirement"

Kumar has his origin and roots in the State of Punab and Haryana which he often describes as his mother-states. The Land of Haryana is rich in History but historical research or dissemination thereof, according to Kumar is neglected thereat. Kumar chose a parcel of Land in 1989 as the place for his permanent residence cum the place for The Center for Historical Research where he would reside after his retirement from the Services of the Union of India and would carry out the Historical Research along with avid scholars interested in the Indian Culture in the tranquility of Shivalik Foothills in Village Naggal Sodian, Tehsil Kalka, District Ambala, Haryana. On 15 August 1995, when the new district of Panchkula was carved out of the District of Ambala, his piece of registered residential land in village Naggal Sodian came in the new district of Panchkula. In 1995, itself Kumar laid the foundation for the Centre for Historical Research. Dr Kumar's avowed aim has been to assist the research on Indian Culture, socio-Legal History, Military History and contemporaneous political History. His silent ground level endeavours have been helping the citizens, scholars and the denizens to accentuate the contextual role of Pinjore, Haryana.

Kumar's parcel of partially built, registered residential Land was subjected to compulsory acquisition by the Congress Government, while exempting from acquisition the adjoining plots of Land.

Kumar is an alumnus of JNU, New Delhi Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.[2] He is also alumnus of GNDU, AmritsarGuru Nanak Dev University (Distinguished Alumni). He had studied for Law in Agra University, Agra University. He completed his MSc Defence Studies from Madras University Madras University. Kumar had topped the University in BA Honours in History from Punjab University Chandigarh.

A soldier-scholar, Kumar has been espousing that history needs to be constantly researched and preserved by the common man, irrespective of his letters. History, he espouses ought to be didactic, and carried forward because it is the memory of the society. An unconventional approach to History and making the historian out of a common man has earned Kumar a large following.

Sushil Kumar (Scholar) has written columns for The Indian Express, New Delhi http://www.indianexpress.com/news/soldiers-were-the-heroes-of-1857/29684/, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/the-forgotten-harbingers-of-1857/32777/.

In one of his radio interviews, broadcast on Republic Day, Kumar exhorted the soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces, to keep books in trenches, ships and in cockpits, for a successful transition to a second career in "civvy street".

Publications[edit]

Sushil Kumar has authored articles and Books such as “Surrender of Japan”, Nuclear Strategy for Third World Countries with focus on India, China and Pakistan, Philosophy of History, Pokhran Revisited, Rock Art: The Product of Human Imagination and Imaginable Achievements, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Yudh Hote Hi Rahenge. Why Tinker With History? Soldiers were the Heroes of 1857, The forgotten Harbingers of 1857 etc.

Books in English[edit]

(This is a partial list)

  • Kumar, Sushil, and O. P. Rahlan. Essays on History and Reinterpretation. New Delhi: Om Publications, 2000. ISBN 9788186867297 (Held in 26 US and Canadian libraries)[3]
  • Kumar, Sushil, and S. Gajrani. Culture and Society in India. Faridabad, India: Om Publications, 1999. ISBN 9788186867198
  • Kumar, Sushil, and S. Gajrani. Culture, Religion and Traditions in India. Faridabad, India: Om Publications, 1998-.

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