Q. Where/When did Shri Gian Chand Totu born?
Ans: Shri Gian Chand Totu was born on 15th September 1919 at Totu in Shimla.
Q. Shri Gian Chand Totu’s role in Freedom Struggle?
- In the early years of his academic career in Banaras University, he joined the ‘Dhami movement, under the guidance of Pt. Padam Dev and became an active member of Dhami Praja Mandal’and was elected General Secretary ‘Shimla Riyasati Praja Mandal. In 1940, it became its President.
- Thereafter, he was associated with “Kunihar, Arki”, “Koti’, ‘Theog: Kumharsain, Sirmaur’ etc, Praja Manadals.
- He was representative of the Himalayan Regional Council (HRC) and was elected its Vice President.
- In 1946, he resigned from the Himalayan Regional Council (HRC).
- In 1942, along with Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, Shri Baijnath and Kishori Lal participated in the ‘Quit India’ movement.
- He was arrested by Patiala police and lodged in Kanda jail for two months.
- In June 1944, again sent for rigorous imprisonment in Patiala Central Jail.
- In 1946, he was implicated in a false case of murder and jailed for three months.
- After 1947, he was a member of various associations and organizations.
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Q. Shri Gian Chand Totu’s political career?
- Shri Gian Chand Totu became a member PEPSU Legislative assembly 1953-56, remained Chairman PAC 1953-66, and pay revision committee 1956.
- He became a member Punjab Legislative Assembly 1962-66.
- He became a deputy minister Industries and Development Hill areas of Punjab 1965-66, after the merger of new areas into Himachal Pradesh, remained member HP Vidhan Sabha during 1966-67 and 1985-90.
- He was elected to Raiva Sabha in 1974.
- He remained senior General secretary of HP Congress Committee and President State Congress (I) party in 1982.
Q. When did Shri Gian Chand Totu die?
Ans: Shri Gian Chand Totu died in 2009.
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