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Memoirs of Ruchi Ram Sahni Pioneer of Science Popularisation in Punjab Edited by Narender K. Sehgal Subodh Mahanti

Recollections of an unsung hero PROFESSOR Ruchi Ram Sahni’s is not a name that people are likely to recognize—let alone an average Indian, not even someone from the Indian scientific community. Which is indeed a pity. For this unsung hero of Indian science from the pre-Independence era should have been accorded as prominent a place in the annals as the likes of P. C. Ray. J. C. Bose (RRS’s contemporaries), S N. Bose, M.N. Saha and C.V Raman. The late 19th century and the early 20th century truly constituted a period of Indian “renaissance” — in arts, literature, and science to which RRS belonged. It as a period of cultural and intellectual ferment which threw up remarkable men and women who dedicated themselves to building a progressive and self-reliant independent India However, the unfortunate fact of history is that while the circumstances and the manner of evolution of postindependent India made some better known and remembered, others like RRS were forgotten ... RRS was a chemist by training but his historic contribution is not in the field of research and discovery—and may be that is why he is not as well-known as the others of his time—but in popularising science among the common people. In that respect his contributions were unique. Though the sub-title of the book refers to him as the pioneer of science popularisation in Punjab, his were pioneering efforts in the entire country.-And it may not be an exaggeration to say that they remain unique to this day considering that the post-independence Indian scientific community has, by and large, accorded little importance to communicating science to the public... Like RRS in Punjab, one can be certain that there must have been others in other parts of the country who must have contributed to the cause of popularising science. By spreading the awareness about RRS, these Memoirs should also serve the important purpose of spurring researchers to unearth information and material about other unsung heroes of Indian science. R. Ramachandran The Economic Times, India Published by Vigyan Prasar, India

Preface “Here is something, I am sure, you would be delighted to go through,” Nandan Kudhyadi had said while handing over to me 32 photocopied (foolscape-sized) pages of a typescript of what was presumably the autobiography of Birbal Sahni’s father. Nandan, a film-maker, was at the time (September 1990) doing pre-production research for a video programme for NCSTC (the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Government of India) on the life and work of Prof. Birbal Sahni—the founding father of Palaeobotany in India, whose birth centenary was to be celebrated the following year. We could not discuss the matter as he was in a hurry and on his way back to Bombay. I read the title “Punjab Science Institute”, flipped through the pages and kept them in my briefcase, for possible reading on way to office, some day. Who could have known then that those pages were going to lead to the rediscovery of a really great man Ruchi Ram Sahni (RRS), about whom nobody had hitherto written anything? , Several days later, when I did start reading those pages on way to office, I found the content so absorbing that I could put away those pages only after I had finished reading all of them! I then called Nandan in Bombay, told him how I felt about Ruchi Ram Sahni’s science popularisation work (dating back to the last 15 years of the nineteenth century) and requested him to get hold of the whole autobiography of Ruchi Ram Sahni for me to read. In the meantime I wrote a two-part article on RRS in the NCSTC Newsletter, NCSTC Communications on his science popularisation work in the Punjabi language and on his Punjab Science Institute workshop in which he had begun by repairing and building simple scientific instruments and laboratory apparatus. The articles were picked up by some individuals in Punjab, translated into Punjabi and circulated widely; a