A commemorative postage stamp on Narendra Mohan :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 14, 2003
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Narendra Mohan
Born on Oct 10, 1934 at Kalpi, Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died on Sep 20, 2002 at New Delhi, India
- The ‘Fourth Estate’ is known as such because it is as significant an institution as the three other pillars of Indian democracy viz. the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. Its significance stems from a long journalistic tradition, the hallmark of which has been a singular devotion to the delineation of truth and defence of the people’s rights and liberty. This tradition burgeoned during the nascent phase of the National Movement when mass agitations had not begun and the main task was mobilization of nationalist ideology. Newspapers were the chief instruments to carry out this task. They not only opposed the colonial powers through pungent diatribe but were also successful in getting repealed repressive legislations like the Vernacular Press Act of 1878.
- The contemporary Indian Press draws inspiration from this legacy of powerful and fearless journalism and performs its role with fire and elan. Narendra Mohan was an illustrious successor of this legacy. Born on 10 October, 1934 at Kalpi, Distt. Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh, he moved to Kanpur later on where his father Babu Puran Chandra Gupta set up the Hindi newspaper, Dainik Jagran in 1947. Narendra Mohan became the editor of Dainik Jagran in 1965 during the heyday of English newspapers and took upon himself the mantle of upliftment of Hindi journalism. He believed that the actual role of a newspaper is to voice the common man’s views and that this is possible only when the mode of communication is a language that is commonly understood. As a consequence of his courage of conviction, non-partisan and rational attitude and relentless efforts, Dainik Jagran became the leading Hindi newspaper of the country.