Giriraj Kishore (born (1937-07-08) 8 July 1937 (age 82)) is an Indian writer, who was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in the year 2007. He lives in Kanpur and is a retired government servant. He was given the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, the Vyas Samman in 2000, and an honorary Ph.D. by Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University in 2002.
The President of India awarding the Padmashri award to Dr. Kishore
Giriraj Kishore was born in Muzzafarnagar in 1937. His father was a zamindar, but because of his socialist principles and lack of interest in zamindari system Giriraj left home at a young age and became a Gandhian. He completed his Masters in Social Work from The Institute of Social Sciences, Agra. He completed an emeritus fellowship by the University Grants Commission, Government of India in 1998-1999. He also did a fellowship at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla from 1999 to 2001.
He has worked at different posts as an officer in the government, including as registrar of Kanpur University (Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University) and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in a career spanning more than 30 years. He was formerly a member of the Sahitya Akademi working committee, and the Railway Board of GOI.
He is married to Mrs. Meera Kishore and has 2 daughters and a son. Both his daughters are married. At present he resides in Kanpur and is writing few novels. He also writes articles regularly in newspapers and is the editor of a Hindi magazine Aakar.
Pahla Girmitiya (The Girmitiya Saga), for which he received the Padma Shri in 2007.
Baa (Kasturba Gandhi- a bio fiction)
Aanjaney jayate etc.
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