Ramesh Pokhriyal

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Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank"
Ramesh Pokhriyal.jpg
5th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
In office
27 June 2009 – 11 September 2011
Preceded by B. C. Khanduri
Succeeded by B. C. Khanduri
Member of the India Parliament
for Haridwar
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by Harish Rawat
Personal details
Born (1959-07-15) 15 July 1959 (age 58)
Pinani, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Kusum Kanta Pokhriyal
Residence Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Occupation Politician, Poet, Writer
Website www.rameshpokhriyalnishank.in

Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" (born 15 July 1959)[1] is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from 2009 to 2011. He is a currently a Member of Parliament in 16th Lok Sabha. He represents the Haridwar Parliamentary Constituency of Uttarakhand in Lok Sabha and is a member of the Bharatiya Janta Party.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Pinani Village, Pauri Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh (now Uttarakhand) to Paramanamd Pokhriyal and Vishambhari Devi.

He graduated from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University Srinagar (Garhwal), Uttarakhand in Arts, and acquired his PHD (With Honours) and D Lit.[3][better source needed]

He was married Kusum Kanta Pokhriyal. She died at Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi on November 11, 2012 after a brief illness. Nishank and Kusum Kanta had three daughters Arushi who is Kathak dancer, Vidushi and Shreyashi.[4]

Political career[edit]

Pokhriyal was first elected for the Utter Pradesh Vidhan Sabha from Karnaprayag ward in 1991, and then later in 1993 and 1996 from the same constituency. In 1997 he was appointed for the Uttaranchal Development Minister. He was also Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister (from 2009 to 2011) and is currently a member of Lok Sabha’s 16th session and the Chairman of the Assurance Committee. He is currently[when?] a representative of Haridwar constituency in the Lok Sabha[5] and a senior member of Bhartiya Janta Party.[6] He is Member of Vidhan Sabha of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2012. He was elected first time in 1991 from Karnaprayag ward for three consecutive terms.

Pokhriyal was appointed Cabinet Minister for Uttaranchal Development in Shri Kalyan Singh’s Cabinet and in 1999 appointed for Cultural Fulfillment and Endowments in Shri Ram Prakash Gupta’s Cabinet.[citation needed] In 2000, after creation of Uttarakhand state, he was appointed for twelve departments including finance, revenue, tax and water divisions. He was first minister of 12 divisions, including finance, revenue, tax and water, for the State of Uttarakhand.[citation needed] In 2007, he was appointed minister for Health and Family Welfare, Language and Science departments in Uttarakhand. In 2009, he became the youngest Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.[citation needed] In 2012, he was elected Vidhayak for Lok Sabha from Doiwala, Dehradun constituency. In 2014, he resigned from Doiwala, and elected from Haridwar for Lok Sabha.[7]

Literary career[edit]

Pokhriyal has been writing poems and stories from his childhood, but his first collection “Samparn” was published in 1983. Today, he has over 10 poem anthology, 12 story anthology, 10 novels, 6 kids literature, 2 personal development books which amounts to more than 4 dozens of published works.[citation needed] He has written in all genres of Hindi Literature (poems, novels, short stories, travel journals, etc.) making him a respectable figure in Hindi Literature.[8][better source needed]

Published works[edit]

  • Samarpan (Poems)1983
  • Navankur (Poems) 1984
  • Mujhe Vidhata Banna Hai (Poems) 1985
  • Tum Bhee Mere Saath Chalo (Poems) 1986
  • Roshnee Kee Ek Kiran (Stories) 1986
  • Desh Hum Jalne Na Denge (Poems) 1988
  • Jeevanpath Mein (Poems) 1989
  • Bas Ek Hee Ichchaa (Stories) 1989
  • Matribhoomi Ke Liye (Poems) 1992
  • Kya Naheen Ho Sakta (Stories) 1993

Works translated in other languages[edit]

  • Khare Hue Prashn (Stories) En Kelvikku Ennabathil (Tamil)
  • Ae Vatan tere Liye (Poems) Tayanade Unakkad (Tamil)
  • Ae Vatan tere Liye (Poems) Janmabhoomi (Telugu)
  • Bheer Sakshi Hai (Stories) The Crowd Bears Witness (English)
  • Bas Ek Hi Ichha (Stories) Nur Ein Wunsch (German)
  • Khare Hue Prashn (Stories) Prashnankit (Marathi)
  • Khare Hue Prashn (Stories) Esperances Et Verites (French)
  • Kya Nahin Ho Sakta (Stories) Sangle Shakya Aahe (Marathi)
  • Bas Ek Hi Ichha (Stories) cl, d gh bPNk (Garhwali)
  • Tum Aur Main(Stories) Du Und Ich (German)

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Republic of Mauritius awarded him with Gopio International Award for his contribution towards art, literature, public service and environment conservation.[9]
  • Many national and international literature and social organisations awarded him with Rashtriya Gaurav, Bharat Gaurav, Pride of Uttrakhand Award.[citation needed]
  • Indian Government awarded hin with Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Award for the year 2008 09 for his book “Himalaya ka Maha Kumbh: Nanda Devi Raj Jaat”[citation needed]
  • International Open University, Colombo granted him an honorary degree with D. Lit. for his literary work[citation needed]
  • Honorary D. Lit. for literature by Graphic Era University, Uttarakhand[citation needed]
  • Sahitya Gaurav Samman by Former President Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam[citation needed]

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Political offices
Preceded by
B. C. Khanduri
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
B. C. Khanduri