Jethanand Lalwani was an eminent litterateur and journalist for more than 60 years. He wrote on variety of social subjects, including health, birth control etc. He was Editor of ‘Bharat Jiwan’ and children’s magazines ‘Gul Phul’ and ‘Raj Ratan’. He was also well-known publisher and had published several books in Sindhi, written by Prof.Ram Panjwani, Chandulal Jaisinghani, Justice Nagrani and many other eminent writers. His biggest & richest contribution in the literary field was transliterating in Sindhi, the sacred & religious relic of Sikh religion ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ and other religious relic ‘Shirimadh Bhagwat’, which shot him in fame and these publications became prize possession of numerous Sindhi families. He also published books on political leaders like Dr. Rajendra Prasad (First President of Republic of India), Jai Prakash Narayan, an eminent political heavy weight, and revolutionary political Leader Subash Chander Bose.
Recognition By Way Of Award/ Honours :
He was felicitated and honoured by several Sindhi social & cultural organisations for his outstanding literary contribution, but the most significant amongst them, when he was decorated with Sarupa & Sword at the sacred Golden Temple at holy city Amritsar by Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (official body which looks after the Sikh shrines all over) for publishing ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ in Sindhi. His wife Smt. Sushila Lalwani was also a journalist in her own right and edited film magazine called ‘Raj Filmistan’.
Additional Information :
i) Jethanand Lalwani was also a freedom fighter and was sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months for publishing anti-British literature.
ii) He was a most religious man and had earned a place of pride in Sindhi community.
He expired in August 1998.
Jethanand Bhawandas Lalwani was one of the old guards of Sindhi literature, who had indulged in luxury of publishing Sindhi literature, much before the partition of the country. He was a man of varied interests. He published fiction of many popular Sindhi wirters, such as Prof. Ram Panjwani, Chandulal Jaisinghani, Gobind Malhi & others.
He was interested in catering to the popular taste, – started a film magazine “Raj Filmistan”, edited by his wife Shushila Lalwani. He brought out a Children’s Magazine “Gul-Phul”, to cater for the new generation.
He did a monumental work and enriched the Sindhi literature by bringing out “Guru Granth Sahib” in Sindhi script at a great cost and labour, for which his name will remain ever alive. He published hundreds of titles and left thousand of books unsold.
Disclaimer: Please note Sindhisangat has uploaded the entire book on the website as per discussion with the Mr Bhagwan Bhagchandani.