As a senior civil servant of Punjab, DS Jaspal has held several important
administrative positions in Government.
His coffee-table book, TRYST WITH TREES - Punjab's Sacred Heritage
is a pictorial documentation of 58 sacred and historical Sikh shrines in India
and Pakistan named after 19 species of trees, example Gurudwara Tahli Sahib;
Gurudwara Nim Sahib, Patiala; Gurudwara Ber Sahib, Sialkot; Gurudwara Amb
Sahib, Mohali; Gurudwara Ritha Sahib; Gurudwara Lahura Sahib, Ghavindi,
The book includes photographs of the shrines, with the tree in the foreground,
accompanied by a description of the botanical features of the tree with its health
status as well as the relationship between the species and the historical and
religious background of the shrine.
Although love and respect for nature and environment are common to every
religious, faith, the naming of sacred shrines after trees is unique to the Sikh
The book was released in New York in October 2010 by Mrs Preneet Kaur,
India's Minister of State for External Affairs. An exhibition of photographs
from the book was also held in New York. Earlier, exhibitions have been held
in New Delhi and Chandigarh. Details about the book as well as video clips and
photographs about the exhibition in New York - and earlier exhibitions in New Delhi and Chandigarh - can be seen on the website: www.trystwithtrees.com
Nature and environment are bonding factors of our civilization and, the proof of
this lies in the fact that Pakistan's leading filmmaker, Dr. Farooq Beg is making
a documentary on TRYST.
A pioneer in museology, Mr Jaspal is currently working on two unique projects - the MUSEUM OF TREES (www.museumoftrees.org
) in Chandigarh, which
is dedicated to the conservation of sacred trees. This project is supported by the
Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the Botanical Survey of India. A
strong votary of Indo-Pak peace, Mr Jaspal is also establishing the MUSEUM OF PEACE (www.museumofpeace.net
), a memorial to the partition of India,
located on the Amritsar-Attari/Wagah road, less than two kms from the Indo-Pak border.
A keen media analyst, Mr Jaspal is author of MEDIA TERRORISM (www.mediaterrorism.com
a meticulous and scholarly analysis of media reporting on the Punjab violence. Based on a wealth of archival records,
news agency dispatches and press clippings, MEDIA TERRORISM is a path-breaking contribution to the scientific study of media reporting by attempting to
define quantifiable parameters for evaluating degree of bias and deviation from
truth in media reporting on terrorism.
Mr Jaspal is President of the Society for Information and Media Studies (SIMS)
and also the Chandigarh Nature & Health Society (CNHS).
He resides in Chandigarh with his son Amanbir.
He can be contacted at :
dsjaspal [at] sify.com