Ramashankar Yadav

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Ramashankar Yadav 'Vidrohi'
Native name रमाशंकर यादव 'विद्रोही'
Born (1957-12-03)3 December 1957
Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Died 8 December 2015(2015-12-08) (aged 58)
New Delhi, India
Pen name Vidrohi
Occupation Poet, Social Activist
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Jawaharlal Nehru University

Ramashankar Yadav (3 December 1957 – 8 December 2015), also known as Vidrohi, was an Indian poet and social activist who went to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as a student but continued to live on or around its campus well beyond his student life.

Always present during student protests, him reciting his revolutionary poetry at such occasions, and otherwise at Ganga Dhaba, was a common sight. He died participating in a student protest.


Vidrohi was born in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, to Ramnarayan Yadav and Karma Devi.[1] He was studying for his LLB in a college in U.P. where he was rusticated due to his involvement in student politics. He came to New Delhi and got enrolled as a Phd candidate in the Hindi department of the Jawaharlal Nehru University,[2] where once again, he was rusticated for similar reasons.

He is known, and not only by JNU regulars, for his poetry, people's poetry, but also a lot to the lifestyle he had chosen - a life devoid of almost any material possession, his clothes, in most cases bought by others, being the only exception - the trees of JNU, the corners of its hostels, the benches of its dhabas and the office of its student union his only abode.[3]

He did not seek money, fame or power. He did not even write down his poems. He just recited them. Whatever work of his we see in written form is the result of the efforts of his admirers.[3]


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