The Indian Postal Department has recently issued a stamp honouring the memory of Karpoor Chandra ‘Kulish’, the founder of Rajasthan Patrika.
At a brief programme organised on the occasion of presentation of the stamp to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Gulab Kothari, Group Chairman & Chief Editor, Patrika Group, informed him about the various journalistic campaigns being run in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Also present was Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology.
The Prime Minister appreciated Patrika by saying that in the scenario when media does not any more considers good news as news, Patrika’s news illumining the readers on all good and bad aspects gives satisfaction. He expressed hope that Patrika shall maintain its sharpness in future as well.
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, 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. 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.
Karpoor Chandra 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 district in Rajasthan. He is best remembered for his fearless journalism and was a voracious reader and versatile writer. His famous compilation of all existing 11 Samhitas of four Vedas, titled as ‘Shabd Vedas’, has been a rare work.
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 had also been serialized by the BBC, Voice of America and Voice of Germany.
Today, Patrika Group is the second largest Hindi newspaper group of India (as per ABC July-December 2011). Rajasthan Patrika reaches more than 19 million readers every day through its over 2.3 million circulated copies all over India. The Group has its presence in seven states with 30 editions covering a major portion of the India’s heartland.