The person for whom the above quotes were used was Mr. Purushottam Premshanker Pandya (who was famous as P.P.Pandya in the archaeological field of India). He was an Archaeologist at Rajkot in the then bilingual state of Mumbai. He worked till his last breath and died of short term illness at very young age of 39 years, 2 months and 12 days.
Mr. Purushottam Premshanker Pandya was born on 8th November, 1920 in Kotda Sangani village of Rajkot District in a reputed Audichya Brahmin family. This family had settled in Kotda Sangani after the “Woncal Settlement”. His father Premshanker Jeevanram Pandya had studied in Engineering at M.S. University, Baroda. He had rendered his services as a “Jerif” in the erstwhile Kotda State and was highly respected person. He was the 2nd child among the six children of Premshanker Pandya and was an elder son from two sons.
After studying in Himmatsinhji Middle school up to 1936 he studied further in Kamribai High School at Jetpur town, appeared in the matriculation examination conducted by then Bombay University and became the topper among all the successful candidates from the school. He continued his study at Shamaldas College, Bhavnagar. He passed F.Y. Science in 1939, Inter Arts in 1941 and Inter Science in 1943 from there and shifted to Rajkot for continuing the study in B.A. He completed his B.A. in 1945 with English as the subsidiary and Mathematics as the main subject from Dharmendrasinhji College. During this period, he deeply studied and pondered over the Gandhi Literature also.
Thus, he studied in various colleges of Saurashtra since 1938 and participated in the political, social and Gandhiji’s constructive activities simultaneously. He left the college in 1941 and with the blessings of Bapu, went through one year’s training in Ahimsak Vyayam Sangh (Non violent Gymnastic Organization), at Malad, Mumbai. During the initial days of the year 1942, he served in various suburbs of Mumbai in the situation created in Mumbai on account of the forthcoming 1942 movement. He worked in the rural areas of Saurashtra during the 1942 movement. During these years, he got the opportunities to study the Ancient Indian culture deeply. He keenly studied various aspects of the country and the people like; how the integrity was maintained in the Indian Culture which is full of diversity, due to which circumstances India became shattered, how the human life evolved, which characteristics were preserved in different communities etc. Right from his childhood, he had nurtured his ambition to do the research on Ancient Indian Culture and the evolution of human life from prehistoric period to the present. He took admission in Sheth B.J. Institute of Learning and Research for the years from 1945 to 1947 to achieve the Master Degree (M.A.) in the subject Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology to satisfy his thirst and ambition. He accepted a job as a teacher. He carried on his study for M.A. while doing a job and also carried on various social-political activities simultaneously.
Mr. P.P.Pandya also participated the Quit-India movement. He also took part in other freedom movements thereafter, after going through the training in Freedom Movement at Mumbai. He had started his career from Museum at Jamnagar and was appointed as the Superintendent in Archaeology & Museum Department at Rajkot. During this period, he came into contact with Mr. M.N.Deshpande, the erstwhile Superintendent of Central Archaeological Department (A.S.I.) and taken up the exploration of North Saurashtra. Afterwards, he had travelled on foot and had found out so many Harappan, Post-Harappan, and Early Historic colonies in Sorath & Halar regions. Moda, Vasai Bed, Lakha baval etc. were important colonies among 33 colonies found out by him.
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