Gah


Gah

Gah is a village of Chakwal District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is located in the Union Council of Begal (also known as Bigal) at 33°3'45N 72°39'8E [ [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/PK/4/Gah.html Location of Gah - Falling Rain Genomics] ] , the Naib Nazim or vice president of Begal is from Gah. Gah is notable for being the birth place of current Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3747413.stm Tracing Indian PM's Punjabi roots - BBC News 26 May, 2004] ] . Due to the violence that accompanied the Partition of India in 1947 Hindu and Sikhs had to leave the area for India. In 2004 after Singh had become prime minister the Punjab provincial Government declared it would would develop Gah as a model village in his honour [ [http://www.hindu.com/2007/06/23/stories/2007062355601600.htm Schoolmate wants to meet PM - The Hindu] ] , and as a gesture of goodwill to rename the local boys school as "Manmohan Singh Government Boys Primary School" [ [http://www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A151 Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Becomes Prime Minister - The story of Pakistan] ]

Etymology

Gah or Gai is believed to have derived from ‘Gohar’ a former Rajput chief, Gohar later became “Garaha” and subsequently shortened to “Gah”. [http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040928/edit.htm#6 A day in Manmohan Singh’s village - The Tribune India] ]

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