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Journalist reaches out to Indian martyrs' neglected descendants

Published: Sunday, Sep 19, 2010, 14:10 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Proceeds from a new book will help Jeet Singh, the surviving grandson of freedom fighter Udham Singh, who avenged the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre by assassinating General Michael O'Dwyer.
Compiled by journalist Shivnath Jha and his wife Neena, the 444-page pictorial coffee-table book "Indian Martyrs and Their Neglected Descendants:1857-1947" will have information and pictures of freedom fighters killed by Britishers during this period but have been forgotten over time.
Jeet Singh, presently works as a daily-wage labourer in Sangrur in Punjab. His two children also work - Jaspal the elder son works in a cloth shop while his only sibling Bobby assists at a printing shop.
"Former President Giani Zail Singh had assured Jeet Singh of doing something for his family but years later, Jeet Singh continues to live a miserable and unknown life," Jha told PTI.
"The family feels sad due to the fact that…

Indian Martyrs & Their Descendants

Where are the descendants of the legendary Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi? Historians and artists of the period immortalised the young heroine of the first war of independence of 1857, who fought valiantly against the British on the horse while tightly strapping her adopted son Damodar Rao to her back. While Laxmibai was martyred, there was no recorded account of whether Damodar Rao survived the war or not?
However, researchers working on more than 400-page first ever pictorial coffee-table book “Indian Martyrs & Their Descendants – 1857-1947,” claimed that Damodar Rao did survive the war and they even traced Rao's third generation descendant’s living in anonymity in India.
Manikarnika Tambe, a daughter of priest in court of Peshwa Bajirao at Bithoor married Raja Gangadhar Rao of Jhansi and became Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. When Gangadhar Rao died, the British annexed Jhansi Estate under the Doctrine of Lapse and aggrieved by this, Rani Laxmibai joined the rebels in the first war of inde…


Prime Ministers of India book released


Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata-1947-2009

NEW DELHI, April 1: Living in a slum for than two decades, Sultana Begum, the great granddaughter-in-law of India’s last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, has found an unusual saviour – a coffee-table book on all the past and present prime ministers of independent and sovereign India.
Releasing the book “Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata-1947-2009”, at a function held at India Habitat Centre in the national capital here on April 1, 2010, the Union Minister for Corporate Affairs who is also holing the charge of minority affairs, Mr. Salman Khurshid called upon the intelligentsia, corporate houses and heads of other private sector undertakings to join the movement “Andolan Ek Pustak Se” and come forward to protect the ‘human heritage’
Mr Khurshid also stressed the need to bring the ashes of Zafar from Rangoon to India to fulfill his last wish.
The book, has been compiled, edited and published by Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha under the aegis of Andolan Ek Pustak Se, to raise fund to reh…
This is not an ordinary book. It is a book with mission, says critique Amitabh Srivastava in Sahara Time magazine
MAN BEHIND THE MISSION:Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, Mr. Salman Khushid receiving the first copy of pictorial coffee-table book Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata-1947-2009 published to rehabilitate Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in-law of India’s last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar who is living in a slum in Howrah. Book has been compiled, edited and published by Neena Jha and Shivnath Jha under the aegis of Andolan Ek Pustak Se.



K G Suresh*

Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Rann’ has been run down by the media, particularly electronic, no end. The Amitabh Bachchan starrer has been rubbished as a figment of RGV’s imagination with an exaggerated story line and unreal characters. Yet, the fact also remains that even highly acclaimed movies such as ‘Three Idiots’ suffer from these very shortcomings – a technical person handling a pregnancy with an improvised suction and the new born responding only to a song ‘All is Well’ in a miraculous climax. Or for that matter, the Oscar winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ where an excreta enveloped Jamaal shakes hands with the Big B. But the media did not condemn the movies as they did with ‘Rann’ because RGV touched a raw nerve, rubbed where it hurt the most.

In a world where Rakhi Sawant and Raju Shrivastava are prime time and television ratings thrive on ghost stories, where trivia has become mainstream and professional ethics mere lip service, it is but natural that…

Change MAKER

Change MAKER

The proceeds of Shivnath Jha's new book will go towards the rehabilitation of Sultana Begum, the great-granddaughter of Bahadur Shah Zafar, says SHAILAJA TRIPATHI in The Hindus' Metro Plus on February 11, 2010

They are literally the words of change; “Prime Ministers of India: Bharat Bhagya Vidhata”, the 534-page coffee-table book compiled and edited by the husband-wife duo of Shivnath and Neena Jha, is meant to transform the life of Sultana Begum. The great-grand daughter-in-law of India's last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, Sultana Begum lives in a pitiable condition in Howrah, West Bengal. Covering Nandigram for a newspaper, Shivnath stopped over in Kolkata for a day to meet his friends and that's how he met Sultana, who lived selling tea on the streets of Kolkata. Adding to the Moghul heiress' stress was the impending marriage of her youngest daughter.

“There are thousands of publishers to print different kinds of books but I wanted to bring out one whic…
The Union Minister for Heavy Industries Mr. Vilas Rao Deshmukh (former Maharastra Chief Minister) reading the purpose of bringing out the first-ever pictorial coffee-table book Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata-1947-2009 which is dedicated to Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and victims of terrorists attacks in Mumbai.

A Good Teacher, a human being

Yesterday, I got a surprise call followed by a mail from Ms. Sahiba More, an Assistant Professor in Mumbai University after watiching Lok Sabha TV's programme on Andolan Ek Pustak Se:

Dear Shivnath ji

As I spoke to you I am so glad to have talked to you. Believe me I could never in my wildest imagination thought that I could get through the phone in the morning , I am glad we poke. Shivnathji we need people like you ,going thruogh your profile I am came to know that what a difficult life you lead both oppourtunity wise and monetorily too. What a job are you doing! I must say that "sahee mann mein jeevan to aap hee jee rahe hai.kisi aur ke liye jeena ab tak sirf kitaboon mein dekha tha padha tha aaj pratyakhsha dekha!" I cant do much but whenever you are in Mumbai do give me a call. Let me know if you need anything I will help you in which ever way I can.

Just to tell you aboout me I am asst professor in mumbai university for last 20 years. I love my country …

हमारा महानगर says


बहादुर शाह जफर के वंशजों की मदद के लिए पत्रकार की पहल

नई दिल्ली, 4 जनवरी (आईएएनएस)। अंतिम मुगल शासक बहादुर शाह जफर की पौत्रवधू सुल्ताना बेगम आजाद हिन्दुस्तान में आर्थिक तंगी के चलते पश्चिम बंगाल में चाय बेचकर जीवन यापन करने को मजबूर हैं। अभी तक इनकी सुध लेने वाला कोई नहीं था लेकिन अब एक पत्रकार ने इनकी मदद के लिए एक अनोखी पहल की है।

पत्रकार शिवनाथ झा और उनकी शिक्षिका पत्नी नीना झा देश को गौरवान्वित करने वाली महान हस्तियों के वंशजों को समाज में यथोचित स्थान दिलाने के लिए 'आंदोलन एक पुस्तक से' के नाम से आंदोलन चला रहे हैं। इसी श्रृंखला में फिलहाल वे मुगल शासक बहादुर शाह जफर की पौत्रवधू सुल्ताना बेगम को गुमनामी से बाहर निकालने के लिए अभियान चला रहे हैं।

अखबार बेचकर करियर की शुरुआत करने वाले वरिष्ठ पत्रकार झा 'द प्राइम मिनिस्टर्स ऑफ इंडिया-1947-2009: भारत भाग्य विधाता' नामक कॉफी टेबल बुक के जरिए सुल्ताना बेगम के लिए धन इकट्ठा कर रहे हैं ताकि देश के अंतिम मुगल बादशाह के वंशजों को गुमनामी के अंधेरे से बाहर निकाला जा सके।

सुल्ताना बेगम फिलहाल कोलकाता के हावड़ा ेकी एक झुग्गी-बस्ती में चाय दुकान चलाती हैं। झा ने आईएएनएस से कहा, "…

A coffee table book in aid of Bahadur Shah Zafar's descendants

NEW DELHI, Jan 4 (IANS): Sultana Begum, the great granddaughter of the last Mughal emperor of India, Bahadur Shah Zafar, has found an unusual saviour - a coffee table book on the former prime ministers of India.

The book, 'The Prime Ministers of India - 1947-2009' has been compiled by journalist Shivnath Jha and his teacher wife Neena Jha to raise money for Sultana Begum's rehabilitation. Sultana Begum, a poor widow with four daughters, sells tea in a kiosk in Shibpur, a semi-urban township, 80 km southwest of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.

When I came across her in 2008, the 56-year-old woman who lives in a slum of gold panners - an impoverished community from Bihar which sifts waste water used by the goldsmiths to produce traces of the metal - looked like just another squatter, Jha told IANS.

Her 8 ft by 8 ft dwelling in the slums of Cowies Ghat belied the fact that her forefathers once ruled the subcontinent. She had nothing left. I decided to help her make a better …

Prime Ministers of India

A 448-page hard bond (12” x 12” size) pictorial coffee-table book, first of its kind, is dedicated to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, world’s second and India’s first PM late Smt. Indira Gandhi, India’s youngest and dynamic PM late Sri Rajiv Gandhi who laid their lives for the sovereignty and integrity of the country and victims of terrorists attack in India in the post-independence era, more importantly in Mumbai
Why This Book?
The first time that I came to know about Sultana Begum and met her in real pitiable conditions in Howrah was in January 2007. I was on an official visit to West Bengal to report the violent protests against the setting up of a car manufacturing unit in Nandigram, about 80 km southwest of Kolkata in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. At least 14 villagers had been gunned down by the state police there in the first week of January 2007.

After covering the tragedy, as I moved to Kolkata, I came across Sultana Begum – the 56 year old woman – who could easi…