Bishwa Nath Singh :
The highest national Civilian award Bharat Ratna was constituted in the 1954. have been awarded so far to forty one great personalities of this country Never the less to mention that during 1954,it was awarded to three great personalities of our motherland C. Rajgoplachari,the last Governor General of India, C.V.R...aman, a great. Physicist & Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ,the second President of India. and during 1955, it was awarded on three leading personalities of our nation Bhagwan Das, Independent Activist & great author, besides M. Visvesvarayya,Civil Engineer of repute & Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India. Let us have a glimpse on life of Bhagwan Das, a true social activist and great author who is no more on this worldly earth but his memories will remain alive in our heart for long and cherished for ever!
(Photo of Dr.Bhagwan Das).
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Dr. Bhagwan Das , a true nationalist and great author was born at Varanasi on the 12th January 1869. After a brilliant career as a student, he joined as a Deputy Collector in Govt. service, but he could not continue his Govt. Job for lo...ng as he did not like the work. He had a great fascination for learning, more & more of religions and philosophy; that were of special interest to him. He had belonged to the prosperous and eccentric Shah family of Varanasi. He was excommunicated from the Agrawal Samaj for advocating that going across the sea does not cause one to lose his caste. The situation arose when his son Sri Prakasa wanted to go to Britain to study law. He had later on come under the influence of Dr. Annie Basent who had impressed him the most. He had founded the Central Hindu College in close collaboration of Dr. Annie Basent, a great educationist & social reformist of that time. This institution developed later on in time into Benaras Hindu University by Pandit Madan Mohan Malvia After that he had founded the Kashi Vidya Pith, a national University and was its Head for a number of years. . He was not only a philosopher, but a prominent public figure and staunch supporter of Congress Party as well. He was an esteemed member of the Central Legislative Assembly of undivided India. He presided at a number of social and political conferences. He was associated with the Hindustani Culture Society and had distinction to be the President of the National community on Communal Riots. As a fighter for national freedom, he had courted imprisonment. He was a great scholar of Sanskrit and had translated a large number of Sanskrit words ito simple Hindi.. He had authored over thirty books, a number of them in Sanskrit and Hindi. A majority of his works were based on philosophy and ancient India. He had studied other religions too as diverse subjects like psychology and socialism. He had authored books on these subjects too. He was thus a man of towering personality who had distinction to achieve his name & fame in several fields. His distinguished personality in our country was recognized when the highest national civilian award of Bharat Ratna in 1955 was conferred upon him. He had passed away on the 18th of September 1958.Dr. Bhagawan Das will be remembered & cherished as a thinker of our nation He had tried his best to bring West nearer to the East and translated old values in the terms of the modern. He was a man of letters and champion for the cause of poor and infirm.He was a great believer, in synthesis. This great son of India is no more, but his legacy and great contribution in th field of knowledge will be cherished for long. It is matter of pride that prominent road in New Delhi is named after him and a colony is also named after his name in Sigra area of Varanasi Let us pay our humble obeisance’s to him and seek his bliss to give us wisdom to follow his legacy very truthfully in our life to make it blissful!