A pioneer in the field of Education and Politics

Today, we are going to interact (virtually scripted) with someone who has several honours to his credit. Here are a few hints for you to guess that great personality-

•   He was the founder of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), India.

•   He was the one who popularised the slogan Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs).

•   A postage stamp was printed in his honour in the year 1961.

•   MANIT*, one of the reputed institutions of technology in Jaipur, India has been named after him.

•   He was the one to take initiative and was also successful in introducing Hindi in official work, courts of United Provinces and schools.

•   He started the publication of 'The Leader') and 'Abhyudaya' Papers.

•   The construction of Bharati Bhawan Library is also credited to him.

Although the list is huge and expensive, yet the hints and expensive, yet the hints are perhaps sufficient to identify the well-respected and distinguished personality, who was an eminent educationist and politicians and played a notable role in the Indian independence movement- Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.

His impressive persona and oration would leave the listener mesmerised whenever they heard his talks and speeches. Once, Dadabhai Naoroji (also known as the Grand Old Man of India) happened to attend one of the conventions in Kolkata in the year 1886, where Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya delivered a speech. Unable to contain his words, Dadabhai Naoroji spontaneously remarked, "Indeed, Bharatmata (India) was talking through Malviyaji's words." Not just that; to add to his versatile set of attributes and qualities, Madan Mohan Malviya was also adept in music. This write-up will recall the memoirs of this great personality on his birthday, dated December 25, 1861.

Interviewer: Respected Sir, we would like to know about the stages and challenges you came across while establishing the great BHU.

Pt. Malviya: It was my long lasting dream to establish a university that could instil respect and awareness in the youth about the glorious history and heritage of Mother India. At that time, I was practising law. However, when things turned in favour and the possibility of setting up a university gained strength, I decided to pour in my full efforts and time for the same.
Yes, many challenges tried to deter my spirits, but failed when they confronted my passion for my nation and its glory. Collection of funds was a big milestone. I used to fix a target for each day and would start my odyssey, going from one place to another. I would not eat the whole day till that target was achieved. One may call this my obsession, but for me it was my determination, before which even circumstances had to ultimately bow down.

Interviewer: If I am not wrong, your career was in full bloom when you resigned. At this time, you were counted among the most brilliant lawyers of the Allahabad High Court. In such a scenario, wasn't it a tough decision for you to give up your practice?

To know full inspirational filled answers, read the complete article in Dec'17 edition of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine.

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