Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

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(Late) Baldev Tarachand Gajra


Name (Late) Baldev Tarachand Gajra
Title if any  : ‘Gumnaam’
Date of Birth : Shikarpur, Sind. (Pakistan)
Place of Birth : 9-11-1909
Academic Attainments          : B.A.
Permanent Residential
Address
: C/o. B-14, Anand Apts.
Milan Subway Road,
Santacruz (West) Mumbai – 54
Telephone Nos. : (R) 91-22-2616 5268

As Journalist :

He edited Sindhi Weekly Newspaper known as ‘Bharatwasi’.  He launched Bharatvasi in 1953 and continued till he breathed his last in 1991.

Recognition By Way Of Awards/ Honours :
Baldev Gajra never believed in accepting Awards/ Honours.  However, he could not escape receiving the following:
Sindhi Shriman,  Title, 1991(At Mumbai by Sindhi Seva Mandal)
Award for his Distinguished Contribution in the field of journalism, 1992 (At Mumbai by Freedom Fighters Association).

As writer :

As Writer/ Poet :
1     ‘Gumnaam Sada’ (Voice of Gumnaam), Poems, 1954. 
2     ‘Zindagi-a-Ja Vark’ (Chapters of life), 1982.
3     ‘Adbi Tanqueed’ (Literary criticism), 1984.
4     ‘Phool Ain Tarana’ (Flowers & Songs), 1956.
5     ‘Gandhi Granth’ (Biography Of Mahatma Gandhi) 1972
6     The Role Of Sind & Sindhis In Freedom Struggle, 1984 Part I, 1986 Part II.   

Additional Information :

i)    Baldev Gajra was freedom fighter.  He was jailed for about 3 years (aggregate) between 1930 to 1942.   He was also fearless writer.
ii)   President Sindhi Boli, Sahitya & Kala Vikas Sabha.
iii)  General Secretary, All India Sindhi Congressmen’s Forum.
iv)  Member, Maharashtra State Sindhi Sahitya Academy.
v)   Member, Sindhi Advisory Board.  (Central Hindi Directorate,  Govt. of India.)

Finale :

Baldev Gajra was a freedom fighter who was jailed for about three years in aggregate in the British period.  Mr. Baldev Gajra took to journalism after independence when he started a weekly paper Bharatvasi in 1953, ran it single handedly successfully and regularly till his death in 1991.  Mr. Gajra was the man of strong convictions.  A hardcore patriot and nationalist, he wrote poetry also under the pen name Gumnam.  Mr. Gajra was also a literary critic  and essayist.  His magnum opus Azadi Je Yudh Mein Sind Jo Bhag won him a great acclaim.

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