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Stamp released in memory of Hindi poetess Dineshnandini

(from left) Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot, Dr. Balram Jakhar and Archana Dalmia releasing the Commemotative Postage Stamp on Padmabhushan Dineshnandini Dalmia in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Anu Pushkarna

(from left) Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot, Dr. Balram Jakhar and Archana Dalmia releasing the Commemotative Postage Stamp on Padmabhushan Dineshnandini Dalmia in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Anu Pushkarna   | Photo Credit: Anu Pushkarna

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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said late poetess Dineshnandini Dalmia had no parallel in terms of her contribution to Hindi literature, while releasing a commemorative postage stamp in her memory at a function at Teen Murti Bhavan here on Sunday.

Speaking at the function which was also attended by Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot and Former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar, Ms. Kumar said Dineshnandini’s verses were inspiring, captivating and provided immense strength and insight.

“Dineshnandini’s second name was Surya Putri, she was born at a time when the country was passing through a critical period. Her vision for the country could be seen in her writings as well as her letters. She witnessed the country pass through agni pariksha to get independence and was involved in popularising Hindi literature till her last breath,” said Ms. Kumar, adding that the late writer was an inspiration for several generations.

Born in Udaipur, Dineshnandini Chordia started writing at the age of 13. She attracted the attention of veterans like Mahadevi Verma with her poem ‘Niraash Aasha’. She received the Sakseria Award for her first book Shabnam.

Mr. Jakharsaid he came to know Dineshnandini Dalmia during the 1980s. “As a voracious reader, I went through many of her writings. Her ambition was to rise and do something substantial for society as a whole.”

Talking about the late Padmabhushana awardee’s contribution to literature and society Mr. Pilot said: “Her sensitivity to a women’s predicament and her deep insight into the world of women gave her an unrivalled position in Hindi literature.” Dineshnandini Dalmia rebelled against the purdah system and fought against gender bias.

All-India Congress Committee general secretary Janardan Dwivedi spoke highly about the late writer, who had the distinction of being Rajasthan’s first post-graduate woman.

Describing her mother as her hero, Dineshnandini’s daughter Archana Dalmia said: “I admire her ability to spread joy and affection even in trying times. The freshness of her writings compelled stalwarts like Harivansh Rai Bachchan to praise her in his autobiography. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru wrote several letters in appreciation of her works.”

Highlighting her mother’s achievements, Ms. Dalmia said: “Her personal life, full of conflict and turmoil, had infused into her an undying passion and pain. It was through this pain than her writings emerged. Her writings were food for her soul…She could easily span generations with her irreverent wit and impishness. In her frail and petite frame she packed an unbounded energy that astounded all those who were fortunate enough to have met her. It was this energy that transported her emotions onto a vibrant canvas of words.”

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