Agencies, New Delhi
President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday released a commemorative stamp on late freedom fighter and social worker Ramgopal Maheshwari at Rashtrapati Bhawan on the occasion of his centenary celebrations. Speaking on the occasion of the release of the stamp, Minister of State for Telecommunications and IT Kruparani Killi highlighted the role played by the freedom fighter and doyen of journalism.
Mr Mukherjee complimented the Maheshwari family on the occasion of the birth centenary celebrations of the late Mr Ramgopal Maheshwari and posed for a few pictures with them. Ms Killi described the late Mr Maheshwari as a committed social worker and a person who left no stone unturned for the cause of Hindi language.
“Mr Ramgopal Maheshwari was fondly remembered during his birth centenary year November 20, 2011 to November 20, 2012,” she said.
Speaking on the occasion, the son of late Ramgopal Maheshwari and Chief Editor of the ‘Navabharat’ and Central Chronicle, P K Maheshwari said,”throughout his life, Mr Ramgopal, 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, 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.” Mr Maheshwari said Babuji made Nava Bharat newspaper a medium for the nation’s freedom movement, the truth of which is to be seen in the tricolour being held by a satyagrahi on the newspaper’s masthead. The British rulers also had to fight against the newspaper.
Among the other dignitaries present on the occasion were the editor of the Nagpur edition of Navabharat Vinod Maheshwari, Union Ministers Praful Patel and V Narayanswami, Congress MPs Mukhul Wasnik, AICC General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi, AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora, Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt, former Union Minister Suresh Pachauri, Mr Raj Kumar Ghot, MP, Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar, former MP Vishnu Prakash Rao and former MP K V Krishnamurthy.
Though the late Mr Maheshwari 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. Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram Sewagram near Nagpur inspired him to become Gandhian. Thereafter, he involved himself in the freedom movement.
Alongwith publication of ‘Maheshwari’, Babuji also took the responsibility of the bi weekly publication ‘Nava Rajasthan’ started by Mr Brijlal Biyani at Akola.