Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

N.G. Majumdar Remembered

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

N.G. Majumdar Remembered

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This is apropos of your news item (Jan 1 7) and letter (Jan 1 8) about archaeologist Nani Gopal Majumdar. The report wrongly mentioned his birth year as 1868. It is Dec 1, 1897.

It referred to Majumdar village as his birthplace though he was born in Jessore, now in Bangladesh.

Sindh, then a western province of undivided India and mostly unexplored, is grateful to Majumdar for his groundbreaking works in the field of archaeology and also feels sorry for his assassination in Dadu.

During his stay in Sindh, he discovered approximately 62 sites. Nani Gopal was born to Dr Baradaprasnna and Sarojini Majumdar. He passed his M. A in 1920 and secured first class first position. He was awarded a gold medal.

He continued his studies and from 1921 to 1923 he showed extraordinary performance in research field.

During this period he was awarded the Griffith Memorial Prize for an interesting thesis on Vajra by Calcutta University.

Majumdar was married to Snchalata Mukherji and had two daughters and a son, Tapas Majumdar. Tapas was 10 when Majumdar was assassinated.

He remained superintendent, central circle, Archaeological Survey of India, from April 22 to May 9, 1929. He was then transferred to Calcutta on May 11,1 929 as Assistant Superintendent, Archaeological Survey of India. …

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