Thursday 20 February 2020

Cartographer Pt. Nain Singh Rawat's descendants in Financial Distress

Written by Anil Singh

In the 2 volume History of Kumaon Encyclopedia written by Late Badri Dutt Pandey, there is a mention of Pt. Nain Singh Rawat. Born in 21 October 1830, Pt. Rawat gets the credit for preparing the map of Tibet and locating the geographical location of its capital Lhasa. He also gets the credit for tracing the origin of river Brahmaputra. Pt. Rawat was a surveyor in the British team and he was given the task of tracing the geographical boundary of Tibet. In addition he also traced the trade route from Nepal to Tibet --- An achievement for which he was awarded with Highest British Civilian Honour. He received other honours as well. In 2004, the Indian Government released a postage stamp in his name. What makes Pt. Nain Singh Rawat's work extraordinary is the fact that he not only had the courage & initiative to trace the extremely difficult unfamiliar terrain, he also had the intelligence & precision to understand the intricacies of the surveying work. It is said that he was so precise about his measurements that he every step he took was approx. 37 inches long. He traced all these routes and geography on foot and most of the times disguised as a Buddhist Monk. (A book which hails Pt. Nain Singh Rawat as a Hero and a Google Doodle which celebrates him).

According to Wikipedia, the Nain Singh Range of mountains south of Lake Pangong are named in Nain's honour.

The daily, Rashtriya Sahara today has published a front page story about the financial hardships faced by his fifth generation descendants. The family of a young widow, two school going children and an old mother-in-law is living in acute financial distress. According to the news report, the only source of family income is a bank financed Taxi, which the bank wants to take back as a recovery for non-repayment of loan. From the circumstances, the family seems in a much need of help.

The family seeks monetary help.

[NOTE Rashtriya Sahara : The mobile number 98338998 of contact person Dr. Prayag Rawat is either WRONG or Unreachable]


0 constructive comments: