About PUCIT Digital Archives of Inquilab
Gene D. Overstreet and Marshall Windmiller write in their book, Communism in India, that Ghulam Hussain, the first communist leader in Lahore, started Inquilab in mid 1922 with Rs. 22,000/- that he had received from M. N. Roy and/or the Soviet embassy in Afghanistan during and after Hussain's visit to Kabul in March 1922. Roy, a contemporary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was the founder of the communist movement in the sub-continent during the second decade of the twentieth century. Inquilab remains an important source of pre-partition and post-partition information for researchers in political science, journalism, and social sciences.
Ghulam Rasool Mehr (B.A.) and Abdul Majeed Salik (B.A.) remained its editors for many years. Among other things, Inquilab and Abdul Majeed Salik became famous for creating a controversy regarding the date of birth of Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal. In two issues of Inquilab in 1938 and 1955, Abdul Majeed Salik argued that Allama Iqbal was born on February 22, 1873 and not December 1976 as reported in Inquilab on May 7, 1938, or November 9, 1877, as commonly accepted.
The PUCIT Digital Archives of Iquilab project started in late 2011 with the initial idea to digitize a few historically important editions of this important Urdu daily. However, with time, the college undertook the task of digitizing all editions of this historical newspaper available in the University of the Punjab archives. Currently, its digital editions are available from January 1928 to September 1941 with the exception of those that were missing in the University archives. The Index shows year wise lists of the currently available editions online. In the years to come, we intend to continue to add the missing editions to this digital library.
PUCIT will continue to add to these archives other newspapers and documents of historical importance to facilitate researchers and public at large. The college intends to add to this project the missing editions to Zamindar and Inqalab, as well as add digital versions of Paisa Akhbar and Civil and Military Gazette, the famous UK-based English daily. The college is in negotiation with Punjab Public Library and Dayal Singh Library in this regard. The college considers such public service a part of PUCIT's Corporate Social Responsibility.