Punjabi Scholar Dr. Harnam Singh Shan Passes Away

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Punjabi scholar Dr Harnam Singh Shan passes away
Chandigarh, June 10

The entire literary fraternity of the region has plunged into gloomy despair after learning about the demise of the city-based scholar of international eminence, Dr Harnam Singh Shan (88), at his sector 16 residence here yesterday after a brief illness. He had returned after an eight-month tour of the US last month.

Born at Dhamal (Pakistan), Shan did his post graduation in English and Punjabi before studying at London for his Phd and was later awarded DLitt from PU, Chandigarh.

Shan had 88 books, mainly on Sufi and Sikh philosophy to his credit, besides seven more awaiting publications. “So Says Guru Granth Sahib- An Analytical and Comprehensive Dictionary of the Thought of the Sacred Sikh Scripture” running into 1,428 pages (For Punjabi University, Patiala) is the apex of his genius.

Universally adored with 11 national and international awards, having held 110 positions in literary organisations, participation in 200 conferences in India and abroad, Dr Shan elicited appreciation for his address at the Parliament of World religion in Melbourne (Australia) in December 2009. It was indeed a salutation to his spiritually enlightened vision and literary prominence.

Dr Shan presented his paper and deliberations on the “Universality of Sri Guru Granth Sahib” to the 8,000 religious scholars of the world, besides participating in the panel discussions on different religions.

Incidentally one is reminded of the illustrious Swami Vivekanand who created history at the September 1893 session of this parliament by glorifying the grandeur of the Indian cultural heritage and philosophy of the religion.

Dr Harnam Singh Shan leaves behind his son and three daughters. As per Maj Gen Gaganjit Singh (retd), the funeral of Dr Shan will take place tomorrow at 2 pm at sector 25 crematorium.

Source Link: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110611/punjab.htm#14


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Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
I too will dearly MISS this Great Man...a scholar par excellence who came from humble beginnings to rise to the peak of achievement. I met him in person for the first time at the IOSS Annual Seminar at Chandigarh in November 2005 and when he introduced himself I was elated becasue I had heard of his many books and writings during the days I was doing my Gyani form Punjab University...and this regarded myself as his student. This great man so high in his field and yet so humble to be so gentle and kind to a mere student of his..I was doubly impressed. More than that the Sikh Nation will miss his further contributions to our Literature and History..a loss too great to be stated. May Guru Ji Bless him to be at His Lotus feet and the famaily he left behind to bear with his loss while keeping in Chardeekalla . After the demise of Dr Kharrak Singh Ji not long ago..this is the second biggest loss to IOSS as well...these two will be missed at the Annual Seminars.

Jarnail Singh Gyani Arshi malaysia.


Aug 20, 2009
Dr Harnam Singh Shan was a clean living Sikh, totally devoted to his faith and literary work.

Although I have not read many of his books but his work ‘Guru Nanak da Shahkar Japji’ is one of my treasured possessions. A literary giant, with few equals is a great loss to the Panth and the literary world. He will be sorely missed by us all.<?"urn:<img src=" />

Rajinder Singh ‘Arshi’
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