Remembering Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, an Editor Who Lived – and Died – for Communal Harmony. Born in Attarsuiya, Allahabad, young Ganesh came from a family of very limited means. Then he met a mob that would not listen. No pact will bind our hearts. He was a champion of communal harmony. He also elected as the president of the U.P. the Champaran Satyagraha of 1917 began after Vidyarthi started to serially report on the plight of Indigo farmers of the region. He was the man who showed Gandhi the way. Bhagat Singh used to work in Pratap and contributed articles under the pen name of Balwant Singh. There are many more political outfits now; how many leaders love mankind, irrespective of creed? In his early career, Vidyarthi took an interest in the French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, and translated two of his novels namely, the Les Miserables and Ninety three. In this respect, he was not a man who followed in Gandhi’s footsteps. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi was also a prominent member of the Indian National Congress and he was served as the member of United Provinces Legislative council from 1925-1929. Vidyarthi was one of those journalists who attended farmers’ meetings, led strikes, got lathi-charged, and then went home to write about it. He was an important figure in the non-cooperation movement and the freedom movement of India, who once translated Victor Hugo's novel Ninety-Three, and is mostly known as the founder-editor of the Hindi language newspaper, Pratap. Vidyarthi thought of communalism as an imperialist construct and blamed the British for creating a divisive view of India’s history, Tripathi said. Mahatma Gandhi had described it as a “shaandar” (glorious) death, one he envied. A freedom fighter, friends of Indian revolutionaries and a crusading Journalist cum activist, Vidyarthi was born on 26th October 1890 in Allahabad to a middle class family. A brilliant publicist, Vidyarthi consistently published against communal riots and communal politics and criticized Hindu Mahasabha and its leaders like Lala Lajpar Rai and V.D Sarvarkar and also wrote against Muslim communalism. It cites a witness having told the Commission: “Men who are absolutely above Hindu-Muslim feeling are a microscopic minority in the Congress organisation here.” The note records the fact that Congress workers were not able to rise to “that high level… loving all mankind irrespective of creed, which was attained by Ganesh Vidyarthi”. It can only be a coincidence that Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi died on 25th March 1931 i.e. If we draw a contrast between Vidyarthi and our present day TRP hungry mainstream media houses, we can clearly see how the issues of peasants, workers and oppressed communities have taken a backseat while spreading communal hatred and shielding the present Government from criticism has acquired the centre place in their model of Journalism which looks more like theatrics and Gobbelsian propaganda. A meeting organised by the Mumbai Sarvodala Mandal at the Press Club marked his death anniversary by inviting a retired Hindi journalist, Saroj Tripathi, and Niranjan Takle, who has recently followed the story of Judge Loya’s mysterious death for The Caravan, to speak. The first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 is likely to reach Kanpur’s Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College by next week wherein the … advertisement. Remembering Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi and his paper Pratap for their vital support for both the Congress and the revolutionaries. One of the prominent freedom fighters and a crusading journalist, also a close friend of Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad. Despite facing near-constant financial distress, Vidyarthi remained fiercely independent, refusing to accept “help” from a certain ruler of a princely estate, who approached him after being criticized by Pratap. Any analysis of present state of Journalism in the light of Carlyle’s wisdom is bound to characterize state of contemporary mainstream journalism marked by fake news, misinformation and toeing the line of Government etc. This state of affairs hasn’t changed and perhaps brushing it under the carpet made matters worse. Ganesh Shankar “Vidyarthi” was just 40 years old when, on March 25, 1931, he was killed while trying to rescue people during a communal riot. Niranjan Takle posed another question – what would someone like Vidyarthi do in today’s India? His death was described by Mahatma Gandhi as “Shandar” (glorious) one which he envied! Kanpur was already an industrial hub and MK Gandhi was not yet the “Mahatma”. In his editorials, he liked to remind readers that Ram-lila performances had been held in the grounds outside mosques across north India. Two days after Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged, another glorious martyr gave his life for India. His father was a teacher and so he managed to clear his school leaving examination. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi is primarily remembered today through the awards given under his name and through the places and institutes named after him, but the ideals for which he lived and ultimately died for has been largely forgotten in the field of which he was a pioneer. Only 13 volunteers went for doses at the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial (GSVM) Medical College, where the trial of Sputnik vaccine was going on. just 2 days after the hanging of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru in the Lahore Conspiracy Case. It was meant to be a peaceful demonstration with some picketing of shops. Facebook gives people the power to … He was honoured with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of the Year in 2013 and 2017 for the broadcast category in Hindi language.a great indian journalist. A freedom fighter, friends of Indian revolutionaries and a crusading Journalist cum activist, Vidyarthi was born on 26th October 1890 in Allahabad to a middle class family. Congress Committee and was appointed the first 'dictator' to lead the Civil disobedience movement in UP, for which he was arrested and put in Jail. Vidyarthi’s courage, his empathy, his ability to rise above narrow self-definition was very rare, even for his times, when the air was thick with dissent and the leadership inspiring. He started writing for Karmyogi (founded by Pandit Sundarlal, himself a revolutionary Ghadarite) but he moved to Kanpur and when he was barely 23, he started publishing an independent Hindi weekly, Pratap. Would it be a case of “Gorey Khan” (white ruler) being replaced by Kaley Khan (coloured ruler)? The night before, he wrote a letter dissuading a friend from coming down to help, saying, “The police stands by watching unconcerned while mosques and temples are burnt, people are beaten and shops are looted”. The vice-principal of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial (GSVM) medical college Prof Richa Giri told reporters that the Union minister’s health had deteriorated late Friday night. Ganesh Shankar Singh is on Facebook. Shri Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. One of the organisers of the tribute in Mumbai ended the meeting by posing a rhetorical question: “How many Vidyarthis are needed today?”, Also read: How India shows women her place. Kanpur Airport (IATA: KNU, ICAO: VIKA), proposed to be renamed Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Airport, is a domestic airport that was originally designated for the Indian Air Force in Chakeri, India History. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi though a member of the Indian National Congress and an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, wholeheartedly supported the Indian revolutionaries. Somehow, a minor confrontation took on a religious tone. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Ji is on Facebook. In light of such deplorable and pessimistic present, perhaps we can train our telescope to the past and reflect on the life of a person who literally was the embodiment of Carlyle’s wisdom regarding the noble profession of Journalism. Kanpur: The first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 is likely to reach Kanpur’s Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College by next week wherein the vaccine’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 human clinical trials will be conducted. – and then answered it himself: he would probably be in jail. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DailyO.in or the India Today Group. He refused to write any apology letters. The first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for Covid-19 is likely to reach Kanpur’s Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College this week for Phase II/III human clinical trials. He didn’t just shelter Bhagat Singh for a few months, allowing him space to write in the newspaper, he also facilitated a meeting between the young Jawaharlal Nehru and Chandrashekhar Azad. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi threw himself in the midst of furious mobs and saved the life of thousands of innocent persons belonging to both the Hindu and Muslim communities. Praying tribute to Vidyarthi, Gandhi said that “let this noble example stimulate us all to similar effort should the occasion”. Probably the Kumars’, Goswamis’, Shivshankars’ Chaudhris’, Sardanas’, Devgans’ of present day Journalism and their ilk needs to take few lessons from Vidyarthi’s life. Vidyarthi, apart from organizing peasants and raising their issues was also deeply involved with the working class movement, especially in the city of Kanpur which during his times was an industrial city. Although it is his role as a freedom fighter which is often discussed, Vidyarthi… In his almost 20 years of career as a Journalist, Vidyarthi was jailed five times (thrice for carrying publishing ‘objectionable’ content and twice for anti-British activities) faced Lathi charges and had to pay heavy fines, still nothing deterred him from fighting hand in hand with the oppressed, his crusade against communalism and the British rule. In fact, there is a great irony staring us in the face given that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, himself accused of flaming communal tensions and shielding riot accused ministers, decided to name the Kanpur airport after Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. As news of the hanging of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru spread, Congress workers called for a hartal in Kanpur. He did his MBBS and MS (General Surgery) from Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College (GSVM), Kanpur. Journalism is generally understood as a noble profession whose objective is to spread facts, question the powerful and the state and spreading awareness among populace, all deemed instrumental for the development and functioning of a vibrant democracy. There is a theory that the riot was triggered by the British CID (Committee of Imperial Defence). Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi (26 October 1890 – 25 March 1931) was an Indian journalist, a leader of the Indian National Congress and an independence movement activist. Tripathi said that our collective forgetting of this national hero is deliberate. Certainly, the British administration did little to control the violence. He also wondered whether journalists today are worthy of this legacy, given the current trend of focussing on communal distractions even as 73 percent of India’s wealth lies concentrated in the hands of one percent and farmers are killing themselves. One of Vidyarthi’s first writing-editing jobs was at a literary magazine, Saraswati, but his heart lay in current affairs. The Congress was the main political actor and Vidyarthi one of the most influential leaders in the United Provinces. Most of us have forgotten him and if we do hold on to the memory of his name, it is through a few colleges and an award for journalists. Join Facebook to connect with Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Ji and others you may know. It was Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi who gave money to Ashfaqullah Khan when he was on run following the Kakori incident and published the biography of Ramprasad Bismil. A couple of days ago, the airport authorities at … Witnesses describe him as having gone out bare-headed and bare-footed. Reports by PTI have revealed that Sputnik V vaccine is going to soon arrive at Kanpur’s Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College by next week for its Phase 2 & Phase 3 trials in India Approval has been granted by the Drug Control General of India to the Russian Direct Investment Fund & Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd The medical college’s principal, R.B. (6)Department of Microbiology, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur, India. The first Satyagraha of Mahatma Gandhi in India i.e. "The death of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi was one to be envied by us all. Apart from that he also used to publish many socialist writings which helped in the intellectual development of Indian revolutionaries. From the start, his focus was the oppression of farmers and labourers. The ensuing violence lasted a week, with more than 400 or more than 250 dead, depending on whether you believe the British report or the Indian one. 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