Health Minister of Uttarakhand and noted Hindi writer and poet Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ?Nishank? was honoured by Hamburg University of Germany for his commendable work in the field of literature as well as propagation of Ayurveda. The German translation of his story collection, Tum Aur Main was also released under the German title, Du und Ich, on this occasion. Dr Nishank was also honoured at a function in Berlin. English translation of his book was also released at a function held in Berlin.
The function at Hamburg was organised by the Afro-Asian Institute, University of Hamburg. After felicitating Dr Nishank, Professor Tapania Aarkaya of the University said Du und Ich and Nur Ein Wunsch were German translations of two fine Hindi books authored by Dr Nishank. She said Dr Nishank always wrote about human sensibilities and, therefore, attracted a good readership. Prof. Aarkaya stated that the other books written by Dr Nishank would also be translated into German language and the Hamburg University would help set up an International Hindi Research Centre in Uttarakhand. This would attract scholars from across the world to Uttarakhand for research. The Centre would serve as an institute not only for Hindi but also for several major world languages.
The English version of a collection of stories authored by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ?Nishank? titled, the Crowd Bears Witness, was released by renowned Ayurvedic and Vedic scholar Dr David Frawley. The book is an English translation of his Hindi book, Bheed Sakshi Hai.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Frawley noted that literature and politics rarely mingled but Dr Nishank was an exception to the rule. Dr Nishank was a well-known author and poet too besides being a politician. He also reiterated that Dr Nishank had been awarded and honoured by three Presidents of India.
During his six-day foreign trip, Dr Nishank visited Hamburg University, Norway and Holland. After returning from the foreign trip he was accorded a warm welcome at various places in Uttarakhand. He was received at the airport in New Delhi by senior party leaders and MLAs including Shri Vijay Panwar, Shri Om Gopal, Shri Brijmohan Kotwal, Smt. Asha Nautiyal, Shri Ganesh Joshi, Shri Rajkumar, Shri Balwant Singh Bhoryal, Shri Anil Nautiyal, Shri Shailendra Rawat, Shri Suresh Jain, Shri Teerath Singh Rawat, Shri Ajay Bhatt, Shri Ravindra Jugran, Smt. Neelam Sehgal and Shri Chaman Lai Balmiki. After being honoured in four countries including Germany, Dr Nishank was accorded a rousing welcome on reaching Dehradun at Jogiwala Chowk, where state party president Shri Bachi Singh Rawat felicitated him.