Rare Archives Unravel Patna Collectorate Link to Landmark The Second World War Event

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    Image for representation. (Reuters)

    Image for representation. (Reuters)

    According to the archival files, the Patna District War Committee had organised a host of occasions on September 11 to mark this landmark occasion in history, from morning till night.

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    Patna: Prayers were used in temples, mosques and churches, and the bad were fed in the campus of the historic Patna Collectorate as part of occasions kept in the city in September 1943 to celebrate the surrender of Italy during the World War 2, according to archival files. On September 8, 1943, US Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower had publicly revealed the surrender of Italy to the Allies. Indian soldiers had played an important role in both World Wars.

    According to the archival documents, the Patna District War Committee had organised a host of occasions on September 11 to mark this landmark occasion in history, from morning till night. Passing the uncommon private collection of the Jalan family of the legendary Quila House in Patna City, the programme for the celebrations of the success of the United Nations (Allied powers) over Italy began with prayers provided in “temples, mosques and churches” and flags hoisted on all public structures from 7.30 -8.30 am.

    Paradoxically, the historical Patna Collectorate complex– Dutch-era Record Room and Old District Engineer’s Workplace and British-era DM Office Building and District Board Patna Structure– is prepared to be soon destroyed by the Bihar federal government after the Patna High Court in a judgement raised the interim stay on demolition of the buildings enforced by a bench of the court in September last year.

    There is another archival document (letter), from August 10, 1917– another time of war (World War I)– telling about the Patna Collectorate’s staff being extremely included in arranging and dispersing food materials for people affected by monsoon floods in the location, Paula stated.

    ” This all points to the crucial role that the Patna Collectorate, whatever perhaps its other functions, played in the neighborhood and social fabric of Patna throughout its history.This is a heritage of social participation and inclusiveness that it is fitting to maintain, share, highlight and make available for present and future generations,” Paula stated.

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