About the Translator of the Summary of "Being Different" by Rajiv Malhotra:
J. C. Pant was born on 4th December, 1937 in an orthodox hill Brahmin family in Almora, an important cultural centre and now a district headquarters and once upon a time, capital of Kumaon. He had his early schooling in Mussoorie, another hill station of the erstwhile Uttar Pradesh and now Uttarakhand, and later proceeded to Allahabad University for his BSc and MSc degree education passing out from the then ‘Oxford of the East’, as this university was till then reputed, in 1958. In his youth Pant was an avid trekker and mountaineer who trekked and climbed mountains in nearly all the Himalayan regions as well as in the Nilgiris and the Western Ghats. He joined IAS in the UP cadre in June, 1961 and served in many important positions in Uttar Pradesh state government as Secretary and Principal Secretary to the state government of UP. Later in 1990 he joined Government of India, initially as Additional Secretary and later as Special Secretary and Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Co-operation (DAC) and still later as Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from where he retired on 31st December, 1996.
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