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Manishi Pt. Janardan Rai Nagar

(Born on 16th June 1911 – Left for Heavenly Abode on 15th August, 1997)

Popularly known as ‘Janu. Bhai’ the late Manishi’s vision, farsighted and sacrifice have enabled us rich the stature, we enjoy today. He lit the Jamp of knowledge by giving birth to an institution, named ‘Hindi Vidyapeeth’ on August 21, 1937 to spread education among those who were economically handicapped and thereby enable them learn the meaning of freedom. A democrat by temperament, he always worked on the philosophy ‘Sit on one carpet of Vidyapeeth, discuss cheerfully and act.’

Inspired by Madan Mohan Malviya, he decided to serve the nation by opening a university in Mewar. The venture was started by holding Night Classes to cater to the needs of “Shramjeevi’s, a unique idea of imparting education to those who worked during the day time. Today Rajasthan Vidyapeeth is spreading the fragrance of education through its various modes of imparting education throughout the country.

A literary Figure of great repute, he authored many plays, stories, novels and prose-poems (Gadya Geet). His Magnum Opus Jagadguru Shankracharya (of 5,3000 pages and divided ii l to ten volumes) is a world famous literary creation. He occupies a place equal to Ravindranath Tagore in Literary Sphere for his Prose- poems. He served the nation as President of Rajasthan Sahitya Academy for 14 years, a rare distinction which only a few are able to achieve.

A social activist, eminent educationist, original thinker-writer, he brought a revolution in the field of education by introducing informal mode of education to educate the rural, tribal mass and the illiterate adults. He had a passion for journalism and brought out several newsletters and magazines to create social, political and educational awareness among the masses of Mewar region.

‘Janu Bhai’ was honoured for his contribution to the field of Literature, Adult Education, and Literary by several prestigious agencies. He was conferred upon the prestigious awards, such as Sahitya Bhushan Award, Nehru Literary Award, Sahitya Vachaspati Award, Maharana Mewar Foundation Award, Rajasthan Shree, Maharana Pratap Award etc.

Although the Manishi is not amongst us today, his ideal inspire us to the fulfill the mission of imparting qualitative education to the society through preservation of our long cherished sociocultural values. We cherish his deeds and e to walk on the path shown by him.