Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri
 Governor of UP
 

BIRTH 2nd May, 1929, Calcutta. he.jpg (26508 bytes)

 

 

 

 

 

Term of Office

24-11-2000

to

02-07-2004
PARENTS Late Shri Gangeya Narottam Shastri & Late Smt. Rupeshwari Devi.
EDUCATION M.A. LLB. Education at Sarswat Kshatrita Vidalaya, Presidency College, Vidyasagar College, Calcutta.
First Class First in M.A. Hindi in 1952
Conferred Honorary Degree in D. Lit. by Banaras Hindu University and Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur.
MARRIAGE 26th January, 1953 to Smt. Indira Devi (deceased since 1988)
One daughter- Smt. Bharti Sharma.
PROFESSION Appointed Lecturer in Hindi Department, Calcutta University in 1953. Retired as Professor from Calcutta University on 2nd May 1994.
Associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since, 1944.
Remained President of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (Calcutta Branch), Shri Bada Bazar Kumar Sabha Pustakalaya, Anamika ( a leading cultural institution of Calcutta) and Bhartiya Janta Party. Remained Vice-President of Bangiya Hindi Parishad, National Vice President of Bhartiya Janta Party, General Secretary of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Smarak Samiti, Secretary of Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad and Trustee of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Remained Member of the Senate, Calcutta University, Executive Committee, Bhartiya Hindi Parishad; Board of Studies, Hindi Department, Allahabad University; Bangla Desh Sahayak Samiti, Hindi Consultative. Committees of Home Ministry and Information and Broadcasting Ministry ( 1977-1979 ); Remained Member of the Committee and Consultative Committee   (1992-98 ) Ministry of Human Resources Development and Parliamentary Committee on Official language ( 1994-98 ).
PUBLICATIONS 'Kavi Nirala Ki Kavya Vedna Tatha Anya Nibandh'
'Kuch Chandan Ki Kuch Kapur Ki'
'Chintan Mudra'
'Anuchintan' (literary criticism)
'Tulsi Ke Hiye Heyri' (essay on Tulsidas)
'Bangla Desh Ke Sandarbh Main' (reportaj)
'Smaran Ko Patheya Banahe Do'
'Sudhiyan Us Chandan Ke Van Ki' (Travelogue and reminscence)
'Bhakti Aur Sharanagati',
'Gyan Aur Karma' (thought-philosphy)
'Anant Path Ke Pathik-Dharamveer Bharti'
'Jeevan Path Par Chalte Chalte' (Poetry)
TRANSLATION 'Upma Kalidasasya' (Bangla to Hindi),
'Sankalp-Santras-Sankalp' (Poetic translation of Fiery poems of Bangla Desh),
'Mahatma Gandhi Ka Samaj Darshan' (English to Hindi)
EDITED 'Darshak Aur Aaj Ka Hindi Rangmanch',
'Balmukand Gupta-ek Mulyankan',
'Bangla Desh; Sanskriti aur Sahitya',
'Tulsidas : Aaj Ke Sandarbha Mein',
'Calcutta-1993',
'Amar Aag Hai' (Compilation of selected poems of Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee).
Chief Editor of monthly magzine 'Ras Vrindavan' (1979-84)
LITERARY Participation in literacy lecture series of the Universities and cultural institutions of the country, Authority on Bhakti sahitya.
POLITICAL Elected member of the West Bengal Assembly on Janta Party ticket in 1977 ( 1977-82), Joined newly formed Bhartiya Janata Party in 1980. President of West Bengal BJP ( 1982-86 & 1996-98); National Vice-President BJP (1988-93), Member Rajya Sabha ( 1992-98 ), Member National Executive Committee, BJP (1980-99).
TRAVELS ABROAD Surinam, Guyana, Trinidad, America, Britain, France, West Germany, Italy, Bangla Desh, Canada, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
AWARDS/HONOURS Acharya Ramchandra Shukla Puruskar by U.P. Government on his book 'Kuch Chandan Ki Kuch Kapur Ki ' in 1972-73, U.P. Government's State Literary Award on his book 'Bangla Desh Ke Sandarbh Mein' in 1974-75, Special Award by U.P. Hindi Sansthan on 'Smaran Ko Patheya Banahe Do' (1978-79), Special Award by Ramayan Mahotsava Pratishthan, Chitrakoot, U.P. for his work on the literature of Tulsidas (1979), Sahitya Bhushan Samman, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Samman, Rajrishi Tandon Hindi Sevi Samman, Special lecture on 'Ram Charit manas mein Gyan Aur Karma' as Lecturer at Rama Krishna Mission Institute of Culture (1979)  
SPECIAL INTEREST Reciting poems, travelling, studies in education, literature and philosphy.
OTHERS Significant contribution in highlighting the problems of infiltrators from Bangla Desh into West Bengal.
PERMANENT ADDRESS 280-Chitranjan Avenue, Calcutta-700006, West Bengal.