Bhopal - President Pranab Mukherjee will release a stamp on late freedom fighter and social worker Ramgopal Maheshwari at Rashtrapati Bhawan on November 20 on the occasion of his centenary celebrations, official sources said. Freedom fighter, doyen of journalism, a committed social worker and a person who left no stone unturned for the cause of Hindi language, Ramgopal Maheshwari was fondly remembered during his birth centenary year November 20, 2011 to November 20, 2012. Though he was born at a place called Mandolai near Jaipur in Rajasthan on november, 1911, his workplace centred at Nagpur, the then Capital of CP and Berar now known as Vidarbha region, according to a statement from the late Shri Ramgopal Maheshwari Centenary Celebration Committee. Central Telecom minister Mr.kapil sibal, along with leaders from all parties, MP’s including chairman ofUnited News of India Mr. Praful kumar Maheshwari will also grace the function.
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi
Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram Sewagram near Nagpur inspired him to become a Gandhian. Thereafter, he involved himself in the freedom movement. Throughout his life, Ramgopal Maheshwari popularly known as ‘Babuji’, wore khadi and believed in simple living. At an early age of 18 in 1929, he chose social service as his goal and Gandhiji’s nearest disciple, Shri Krishnadas Jajoo’s inspiration led him to be linked with ‘Maheshwari’, the mouthpiece of the Maheshwari Samaj, when he had attained the age of 22. He dedicatedly carried out editing and publishing of the mouthpiece of the Maheshwari community. This was the beginning of his journalistic life and it continued till the end of his life.
Bhishma-Pitamah of Journalism
Alongwith publication of ‘Maheshwari’, Babuji also took the responsibility of the biweekly publication ‘Nava Rajasthan’ started by Brijlal Biyani at Akola. On the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchmi on February 8, 1934, Babuji started a biweekly paper ‘Nava Bharat’ from Nagpur which soon became a daily publication. Nava Bharat proved its mettle and soon its popularity saw opening of its 16 editions in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Satna, Chhindwara, Raipur, Bilaspur, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Amarawati and Chandrapur. Nava Bharat group of newspapers are also publishing their English daily ‘Central Chronicle’ from Bhopal and Raipur. For 65 years, Ramgopal Maheshwari successfully directed the publication of Nava Bharat as Chief Editor and also provided valuable guidance to other associated publications, spread all over the world and he was also known as ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ in journalism in Central and Western India. Babuji made Nava Bharat newspaper a medium for the nation’s freedom movement, which is symolised in the tricolour being held by a satyagrahi on the newspaper’s masthead. The British rulers also had to fight against the newspaper.