Mr. Karpoor Chandra Kulish the man who started Rajasthan Patrika as an evening newspaper and took it to the heights of glory was a visionary par excellence, a many splendoured genius who had lived the ideal as embodied in the oft-quoted puranic aphorism charaiveti –charaiveti (move on and on and rest not) and above all a man of extraordinary versatility as reflected in his ability to convert a small newspaper into an unmatched daily of Rajasthan. He was a brilliant journalist, a scholar of Vedas a thinker a philosopher and a poet. His search for knowledge was endless despite his advanced age and falling health. When he was in his early twenties, much before he had achieved anything worthy of mention, he had awarded himself the appellation of Kulish the invincible One.
The man who strode across the land and dreamt of hitting the sky had a humble beginning. He was born on March 20, 1926 in a relatively unknown village called Soda which was a part of the erstwhile state of Diggi and Lawa of Tonk Distt in Rajasthan. The seeds of greatness were sown at his emotional plane when he experienced a phase of uncertainty after passing his Matriculation Exam. Like Joseph Pulitzer, he pledged to tread the path of struggle for survival. He started his career as a journalist on March 7, 1956 Kulishji started his own newspaper Rajasthan Patrika. He is best remembered for his fearless journalism in 1977 just after Indian emergency was lifted.
Kulishji was a voracious reader and versatile writer. He authored a number of books, among them ‘ Saat Sainkda’ is a poetic compostion that takes the reader to the heights of Vedic philosophical knowledge in a very simple and understandable short verse in local dialects. His other works include Amerika Ek Vihangam Drishti, Mein Dekhta Chala Gaya and his biography in the form of conversation under the title Dhara-Pravah. Polmpol is his later years segment on current affairs. He also rendered his valuable contribution towards Veda with his two popular works I.e : Vedas as Science” and “Ved-Vidya Praveshika”
He gave talks at the universities of Bonn and Hamburg, the institute of Indology in Frankfurt and the international Forum for a Better World, Cologne. His talks has also been serialized by the BBC, Voice of America and Voice of Germany. Kulishji was credited with having brought Pandit Madhusudan Ojha’s work to light. He not only publicized Pandit Ojha’s book through a series of scholarly articles on them but also wrote copiously in the language of the people.
He was honoured with several awards in recognition of his seminal contribution to the cause of journalism and social excellence.
The story of the life of shri Karpoor Chand Kulish is a saga of courage fearlessness, candour and determination. He was a beacon of hope for those who wanted to achieve success in life.
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