Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)



In 1946, Baloo Lal Panagariya, then 25 years old, arrived in Jaipur to join the editorial staff of the newspaper Lokvani, devoted to exposing the excesses of the British and princely rulers of Rajputana. Though unremarkab­le in itself, the story behind this event is one of the triumphs of human spirit over adversity. Baloo Lal was born in a remote village in Rajasthan, in a family that could not scrape together two full meals a day. He lost his father at 5 and his mother at 14. The village lacked even a primary school. Yet, thanks to the wisdom and sacrifice of his mother, and his own perseveran­ce, he completed his education, went on to serve with distinctio­n as a civil servant in the newly formed state of Rajasthan and, after retirement, wrote the first definitive book on the history of the freedom movement in Rajasthan.

My Father; The Extraordin­ary Life of an Ordinary Man

My Father; The Extraordin­ary Life of an Ordinary Man

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