Shrikant Verma

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Shrikant Verma (18 September 1931 – 25 May 1986) was an Indian poet and a Member of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh as an INC candidate from 1976 to 1982 and 1982 to 1986. Verma died of cancer in 1986 in New York[1].

Verma was married to Veena Verma who was also a Member of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh.[2][3][4][5] Verma's son Abhishek Verma is an Indian arms dealer and was declared youngest billionaire of India in 1997.[6][7]

Verma was born in Bilaspur city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. He graduated from Nagpur University with a Master of Arts degree in Hindi. He has authored twenty books.[8]

Verma was awarded Tulsi Samman for Jalsagar from Madhya Pradesh Government in 1976 and Shiksha Samman from Madhya Pradesh State Kala Parishad in 1981. In 1982, he presided over the Afro-Asian Writer's Conference hosted in New Delhi.[9] In 1987, he was posthumously awarded the Sahitya Academy Award for Magadh.[10]


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  2. ^ "Member of Rajya Sabha from 1952-2003" (PDF). Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Photo Gallery". Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Verma, wife in CBI net for tweaking defence deals". Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Team Anna alleges corruption in defence deals, names MP's son - Firstpost". 26 April 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Rich across the world identify with the same brands for status". Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  7. ^ ""Charges against Verma fabricated"". The Hindu. 31 May 2012. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Indian Poets I Bio-Notes on Hindi Poets I". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  9. ^ Lal, Mohan. Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Sasay to Zorgot. Sahitya Akademi. p. 4504. ISBN 9788126012213. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  10. ^ Sridala Swami (8 June 2013). "Through the ghostly lights of Verma's ancient cities". The Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2016.