Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to the Rashtrakavi Ramdhari Singh Dinkar on his birth anniversary.
About Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
- Dinkar, was an Indian Hindi poet, essayist, patriot and academic, who is considered as one of the most important modern Hindi poets.
- He remerged as a poet of rebellion as a consequence of his nationalist poetry written in the days before Indian independence.
- His poetry exuded veer rasa, and he has been hailed as a Rashtrakavi (“national poet”) on account of his inspiring patriotic compositions.
- He was a regular poet of Hindi Kavi sammelan on those days and is hailed to be as popular and connected to poetry lovers for Hindi speakers as Pushkin for Russians.
- Dinkar initially supported the revolutionary movement during the Indian independence struggle, but later became a Gandhian. However, he used to call himself a “Bad Gandhian” because he supported the feelings of indignation and revenge among the youth.
- In Kurukshetra (one of his major poetic works), he accepted that war is destructive but argued that it is necessary for the protection of freedom.
- He was close to prominent nationalists of the time such as Rajendra Prasad, Anugrah Narayan Sinha, Sri Krishna Sinha, Rambriksh Benipuri and Braj Kishore Prasad.
- Dinkar was elected three times to the Rajya Sabha, and he was the member of this house from 3 April 1952 to 26 January 1964, and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1959. He was also the Vice-Chancellor of Bhagalpur University (Bhagalpur, Bihar) in the early 1960s.
- During The Emergency, Jayaprakash Narayan had attracted a gathering of one lakh people at the Ramlila grounds and recited Dinkar’s famous poem: Singhasan Khaali Karo Ke Janata Aaati Hai (“Vacate the throne, for the people are coming”)
- Some of his greatest works are Rashmirathi and Parashuram ki Prateeksha.