PARASHAR, PROF, NARAIN CHAND, B.A., (Hons.) M.A., (English), Diploma in Chinese, Japanese and Bengali, and Certificate in German, Tamil and Punjabi Languages [Congress (I)Himachal Pradesh, Hamirpur, 1984] s. of late Shri Nand Lal and Smt. Phulan Devi; b. at Sera Village and P.O. Hamirpur Tahsil and District, July 2, 1935; ed. at Punjab University, Delhi University and Bombay University; Registered for Ph.D. with Delhi University; m. Smt. Swarnlata Parashar; 2 s. and 2 d.; Senior Lecturer, Head of the Deptt. of English, P.G.D.A.V. College, (Delhi University); participated and courted arrest in December, 1978 for protesting against the expulsion from Lok Sabha of Smt. Indira Gandhi; Observer, All India Congress Committee for Hamirpur District of U.P. in Vidhan Sabha Elections, 1974; Member, Himachal Pradesh Congress (I) Committee Executive since 1971; Vice-President, National Forum of Teachers set up in 1974 by the A.I.C.C; General Secretary, Punjab Government College Lecturers' Association, 1967; Member, Language Advisory Committee, Himachal Pradesh, 1970-72; Linguistic Adviser, Hill Areas Integration Committee of MLAs & MPs for forming Himachal Pradesh, 1965; Founder General Secretary and later President, Himachal Pahari Sahitya Sabha (Regd.), Delhi; Life Member, Maha Boddhi Society of India, Calcutta and Linguistic Society of India, Poona; Member, (i) Indian Council for World Affairs, 1979; (ii) Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 1975-77; (iii) General Council, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad 1977-78; and 1983 onwards (iv) High Power Panel on Minorities, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Weaker Sections set up by Ministry of Home Affairs, the Government of India, 1981-84 and again from 1985; President, (i) Shri Siddahartha Sadharma Sangam (Regd.), (ii) All India Hill People's Welfare Association (Regd.) Delhi, since 1973, (iii) Bharatiya Bhasham Sangam (Regd.) since 1976 and (iv) All India Voluntary Associations' Conference working in the field of Modern Indian Languages, Mysore, 1974; Chairman, (i) H.P. Government Sub-Committee No. 1 on Evaluation of Plan Schemes for Drinking Water Supply, Irrigation and Rural Electrification, 1981-84; (ii) Pahari Gandhi Baba Kanshi Ram Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee, 1982; Working Chairman, Indian National Teachers' Congress (A.I.C.C.) New Delhi; Vice-President, (i) All India Federation of Educational Associations (Regd.) since 1975; Vice-Chairman, Himachal Pradesh State Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages, Shimla, since 1978; Founder General Secretary, Netaji Subhash Revolutionary Socialist Forum, New Delhi; Founder, Netaji Subhash Memorial High School, Sera, Hamirpur; Member of the Court of (i) Vishwa Bharati, (ii) Himachal Pradesh University, since 1971; (iii) Delhi University; and (iv) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1985 onwards; Founder President, (i) Sera Sewa Samiti, Sera (Regd.); Hamirpur, 1959 and (ii) Gandhi Study Circle and Har Dayal Society of Calcutta, (P.G.D.A.V. College); Organised, (i) National Seminar on the Contribution of Indian Languages and Literature on Shri Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday at New Delhi, 1976, and (ii) First National Conference on the Development of Hill Areas, New Delhi, April, 1975; Secretary, India-China Society (set up in 1983); Member, (i) General Council of Sahitya Akademi since 1982, (ii) Advisory Board for English Language Sahitya Akademy, New Delhi, (iii) Executive Council of H.P. University, Shimla since 1982, (iv) National Committee for the development of Lumbini Project since 1983, (v) Panel of Speakers, Orientation Camp organised by the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies; Member, (i) Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, 1977-80; (ii) Committee on Public Undertakings, Himachal Pradesh, VS. 1977-78; and (iii) Panel of Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, 1978-79; Chairman, Public Accounts Committee 1979-80; Member, (i) Fifth Lok Sabha, 197177; (ii) Public Accounts Committee, 1974-76; (iii) Committee on Official Languages, 1976-77 and (iv) Central Advisory Board of Education, 197375; Executive Member, Congress Parliamentary Party, 1972, 1973 and 1975; Convener, (i) Standing Committee of Congress Parliamentary Party for the Ministry of Communications, 197177 and (ii) Himachal Pradesh Congress (I) MPs' State Committee, 1980-84; Member, Sub-Committee on Economic Affairs' of the Congress Parliamentary Executive, 1975; Member, (i) Seventh Lok Sabha, 198084, (ii) Railway Convention Committee, 198084 (iii) Committee on Government Assurances, 1982-84, (iv) Consultative Committee of Ministry of Communications, 198084 and to date (v) High Level Committee for Welfare of Ex-servicemen, Ministry of Defence, 1983-84, (vi) National Commission on Teachers, Ministry of Education, 198385, (vii) Congress Standing Committee for the Ministries of Information and Broadcasting External Affairs and Railways, 198086; Convener, Congress Parliamentary Party Sub-Committee on Media [a Wing of Coordination Committee of Congress (I) MPs for consideration of issues arising in the House 1983-84; Delegate to (i) Indian Writers, Seminar, Simla, 1970, (ii) Rajgir Sarvodaya, Conference, 1969; participated in Asian; Peace Conference at Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 1974; Member, Indian Delegation to the United Nations, 1980; Delegate, A.I.C.C. (I) to the International Conference on Nicaragua held in 1984 at Lisbon; Member, Delegation of Friends of Soviet Union (A.I.C.C.) to the Conference to mark 40th Anniversary of Victory of U.S.S.R. over Fascism, April, 1985 and Drafting Convener in the said Conference, Member Indian Commission for Co-op, with UNESCO, elected Chairman, Congress (I) Standing, Committee on the Ministry of Communications, 1985; Member, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, 1985.
Favourite pastime and recreation: Painting and Philately; Travelling, Hiking and Bird-watching.
Special interests: Buddhist Philosophy, Comparative study of Eastern and Western literature, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Welfare of ex-Servicemen, Asian Affairs; Promotion of Pahari, Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi and Urdu languages.
Publications: Published articles in Hindi, Urdu, English and Pahari languages in various Journals; Author of (i) Collections of Short Stories, Essays and Travelogues in Hindi and Pahari, (ii) "Graeen Kane Tisra Gran" (play in Pahari), (iii) Baba Kanshi Ram (Pahari Gandhi) English (under Builders of Modern India Series) Translated "Dhammapada from Pali to Pahari (published in 1983); Editor, 'Him Dhara' (Pahari Bi-Monthly) 'Yug Disha' (Hindi Monthly).
Sports and clubs: Hockey.
Travels abroad: U.S.S.R., Mongolia, Nepal, Japan, Thailand, Portugal, France, U.S.A., Italy and U.S.S.R.
Permanent address: Sera Village and P.O., Hamirpur District, 177038, Himachal Pradesh.