15 July 2015
B.V. PARADKAR 14.9.1984
The stamp in 50 paise denomination depicts Babu Vishnurao Paradka. The First Day Cover shows 'Paradkar Smriti Bhavan' in Varanasi.
B.V. PARADKAR Baburao Vishnu Paradkar, an eminent Hindi Editor and journalist, was born on 16th November, 1883 in a well-known scholararly family of Varanasi. His father Pandit Vishnu Shashtri Paradkar was also an eminent Sanskrit Scholar.
His uncle Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar gave him his first lesson in revolution. In high spirits he engaged himself in serving the motherland in association with other revolutionaries of his time. Paradkar adopted journalism for his livelihood. In 1906, he joined 'Hindi Bangwasi' as an Assistance Editor: in 1907, he started editing 'Hitwarta' and in 1910 became one of the editors of 'Bharatmitra'. In 1916 he was arrested being accused of revolution and assassination and was imprisoned for three and a half years. After his release from Jail in 1920, he went back to Varanasi. In 1920, the late Shri Shiv Prasad Gupta started publication of 'Aj' to propagate national ideology and appointed Paradkar in the editorial department. Thus, Paradkar Started editing 'Aj', the Hindi daily from the beginning. Later, he joined the 'Sansar' daily for a short period but returned to 'Aj' with which he was associated till his death. The editorials written by Paradkar, are a unique collection in Hindi Journalism. Through these editorials, Paradkar, the brilliant journalist, thoughtful critic, superb writer and the pioneer of ideological revolution, struggle for India's freedom and establishment of Rashtrabhasha Hindi.