‘No one was willing to fund my research’

Was it a challenge to source information on Paan Singh?
Since he (Paan Singh) isn’t a Gandhi or a Subhash Chandra Bose, he’s not a known public figure and there’s very little information available on him online and offline.I had retained that magazine that had featured him but over the years I managed to lose it twice and finally had to go and dig it out of the archives of Anand Bazaar Patrika. I remembered the name of his village but when I visited the place, there were no immediate family members who resided there and the distant relatives who did, hardly offered any remarkable insights into his life. Then I got a lot of interesting insights from his friends in the army who spoke in length about his life as a soldier and his athletic achievements. Then I managed to track down this old dacoit called Mohan singh who was a part of Paan Singh’s group but even he had nothing to share with us since most of them are concerned about their own lives and are only willing to narrate their own adventures. Then finally, I met this chowkidar who informed us about the village where Paan Singh was finally shot down and once we went there, we learnt that about the fact that he had to be intoxicated before his encounter. This was a huge development and it also spoke volumes of how it was only possible to eliminate him after he was drugged. The entire research took us about four to five months.

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