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| A chance meeting with Prakash Kumar Nigam, a former resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has revealed many truths behind India’s history, both pre and post independence. Is India too fragile with regard to its military strengths? Have the significant impacts of geo-politics on India’s development been correctly and fully understood and addressed? The answers have been revealed in his latest publication Reflections on the History of World in Twentieth Century. |
The book gives an account of startling facts on how the common man has been forced to believe historical events by interested political and geo-political interests. Nigam has researched for years various historical events for accuracy with an engineering mind. For example, he has interviewed numerous people to obtain information that delves into the true reasons for India’s independence and its partition with Pakistan. The answers may simultaneously enlighten and surprise you.
The true purpose of the book is to make people understand the cause and effect of war and promote peace. Calling Pakistan’s nuclear program a hoax, the liberation of Bangladesh, which saw several million Hindus being killed as the information was politically suppressed, are just few of the “facts” that have been revealed in the book. According to some readers, Nigam has rewritten history based on facts and not on politics.
A conversation with Prakash Kumar Nigam as he speaks to Anu Gopalakrishnan, is an exclusive Miindia.com feature!
Q What prompted you to write the book?
From my experience as a leader of students of my college, who were taking part in the Quit India movement in 1942, I felt that we could not succeed in making India free due to a lack of weapons. In 1947, I was a student in Wisconsin when India became free. People asked me why were the English quitting India? I had no answer which was convincing to me due to my experience during the Quit India Movement. But I replied that it was due to Gandhiji’s movements.
After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948, I went to a peace seminar in the summer in Woodstock, near Chicago. It was sponsored by the Quakers and had 30 young persons from 20 countries. In a typical Quaker prayer meeting, I said that man has always been fighting and killing other men from the dawn of history. This made the wife of the director angry who exclaimed, “Are we hearing this from a representative of India, the land of Gandhi!” I said that I was pointing out an obvious truth. It did not mean I supported war as Hitler did. However, the question - how wars could be eliminated - remained in my mind. Hence, I decided that I will do research and find answers to the questions in my mind, when I get time.
Q Is there any particular reason you have released the book at this time?
I released the book after I found satisfying answers to the questions in my mind.
Q Could you please elaborate your background and the struggle (if any) you had to go through in releasing the facts.
I was born in 1923. I got a B.Sc. degree in 1944 from Nagpur University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1948. Then I worked as an electrical engineer in G.E. in the U.S. during 1948-50, Tata Electrical Companies in Bombay, India during 1950-60, Heavy Engineering Corporation, Ranchi during 1960-68 (including a deputation to the Soviet Union during 1962-63), and multiple consulting firms in the U.S., including companies like Ebasco, Bechtel, and others during 1968-81. I read, researched and wrote material for my book for 26 years during 1981-2006. I also wrote about 40 articles for newspapers during this period, on subjects like India’s nuclear program, the hoax of Pakistan’s Islamic bomb, power, and geo-politics. The name of my book is Reflections on the History of World in Twentieth Century. The book is in two volumes and has almost 1,500 pages. I had no problem in publishing my work.
Q You have mentioned the accuracy of facts behind all that took place in India's history- pre and post British rule. What makes you so confident about your publication?
My book is based on archives, many books which are authentic in their own way, vast reading, and geo-politics.
Q How have people reacted to the publication? Were there any political pressures?
My book’s website has one full page dedicated to opinions given by people who have read the book completely. These reviews rate the book highly and are exceptionally complimentary. In short, some of the opinions were – “the book is monumental”, “it is an encyclopedia”, “it is like Nehru’s Glimpses of World History”. One of my articles - about the significance of nuclear tests in 1998 - drew high praise from the then Prime Minister of India, Mr. Vajpayee and his government and the leader of the opposition party, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. My recent articles on the Nuclear Deal with the U.S. drew praise from Shri Bardhan, Secretary of CPI and Dr. Sudarshan chief of R.S.S. There was no governmental pressure.
Q Where do you see India in the future- in terms of military strength?
Ultimately, India will become as strong as China or the U.S. in a few decades.
Q You have interpreted history using your journalism skills with an engineering mind.
Most men think that by modern inventions man has conquered nature. Man has made inventions by truthfully understanding the laws of nature and then using them to make inventions. Thus, man has not conquered nature but has used the laws of nature to his benefit. The first thing an engineer has to learn is this truth. Nature makes man but man cannot make nature. The most important and difficult problem facing mankind today is to find the solution of ending wars permanently. The solution will have to be in complete harmony with nature. That is where an engineer’s (not a politician’s) training becomes useful. I worked as an electrical engineer from 1948 to 1981 in the U.S., India and the Soviet Union. Then I started my research to find a solution to this most difficult (some may say impossible) problem of the permanent elimination of wars.
Q What is your objective behind releasing the book and the website?
It was to draw mankind’s attention to the grave danger of suicide of the human race and to measures that can be taken to permanently eliminate wars.
Q What are your future projects?
I intend to promote the book worldwide and establish an institute where scholars can research and devise social, economic and political structures of human society to assure the elimination of all wars, which is the most significant and the most difficult problem facing mankind.
Q Your work sounds fascinating, how can one acquire a copy of your book?
The books can be purchased as follows:
Please send a check or money order payable to D.K.Nigam in the requisite amount shown below:
4359 Lakeside Court
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
The price for the two volume book, when purchased as a set is US$48. Purchased individually, Volume I and Volume II are priced at US$22 and US$28 each, respectively. There is a nominal shipping fee of $5 for ground service and $22 for next day delivery for either volume or a set of two volumes. Please include the appropriate shipping fee with your payment to avoid shipment delays. The book generally ships within one week when it is in stock, and within six to eight weeks when it is on reorder. For additional information on how to place an order or if you have any questions about your order, please feel free to contact my global representative, Mr. Dilip Nigam, at the address stated above by mail, or at (734) 663-0344 telephone or at firstname.lastname@example.org by email.