Dr Hedgewar Pragya Samman to Mamaji
Shri Manikchand Vajpayee, a noted nationalist journalist who is popularly known as Mamaji, has been honoured with the prestigious Dr Hedgewar Pragya Samman. Instituted by Shree Burrabazar Kumarsabha Pustakalaya of Kolkata, the Samman was presented on April 24 at a function held at Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata. The Samman consists of a cash prize of Rs 51,000 and a citation.
Born on October 7, 1919, at Batakeshwar village of Agra district in Uttar Pradesh, Mamaji is a law graduate. Initially he joined the teaching profession but soon he came closer to RSS and spread the Sangh work in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. He was appointed the north India organising secretary of Jan Sangh in 1951. He also worked as convenor of Hindu Manch and Swadeshi Jagaran Manch in Gawalior. He joined Swadesh (Indore) as assistant editor in 1966 and later worked as editor of the newspaper for the Indore and Gwalior editions. Now-a-days he is editorial advisor of Swadesh (Bhopal, Raipur and Jabalpur editions) and chief editor of Gwalior, Satna and Guna editions. Shri Vajpayee has also authored various books, which include Sangh ki pehali agni pariksha, Aapatkal ki sangharsh gatha, Jyoti jala nija pran ki, Kashmir ka kadava sach and Pop ka kasata shikanja. His collection of articles has been published in the name of Jyoti Path. Mamaji is quite active at the age of 85.