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Dwarka Prasad Mishra

Dwarka Prasad Mishra




Dwarka Prasad Mishra, born on August 5, 1901, was a prominent Indian politician, writer, and journalist, notable for his extensive contributions to the Indian National Congress and his significant role in the political landscape of Madhya Pradesh. Hailing from Padari, a village in Unnao, he was an influential freedom fighter and diplomat. Mishra's literary prowess was evident in his epic poem, "Krishnayana" (translated as "Journey of Krishna"), showcasing his versatility beyond politics.

Mishra ascended to the position of Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh after Ravi Shankar Shukla, serving two terms from September 30, 1963, to March 8, 1967, and from March 9, 1967, to July 29, 1967. His tenure was marked by pivotal political developments, including his collaboration with Chandra Bhanu Gupta, the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Together, they facilitated a power-sharing arrangement between Indira Gandhi and Morarji Desai following the 1967 elections, which initially led to Desai becoming the Deputy Prime Minister. However, this agreement dissolved in 1969, leading to a split in the Congress party.

Mishra was also a prolific writer, documenting his experiences and perspectives through various works. His memoirs include "Living an Era: India's March to Freedom," covering the period up to 1947, "The Nehru Epoch: From Democracy to Monocracy," critiquing the post-independence era until 1964, and "The Post Nehru Era: Political Memoirs," depicting India's political landscape up to the 1980s. Another notable work, "The Search for Lanka," presented the controversial thesis that the Ramayana's Lanka was located in Madhya Pradesh rather than Sri Lanka.

His writings, particularly his memoirs, stirred controversy, notably with the revelation of a letter from Vallabhbhai Patel to Mishra dated July 1946, criticizing Jawaharlal Nehru for what Patel described as "Juvenile Mistakes." This disclosure led to debates about the letter's authenticity and Mishra's motivations, reflecting the contentious nature of his political and literary contributions.

Mishra's involvement in the Indian independence movement was profound, with his activism beginning at a young age. He was imprisoned for the first time in 1920 at the age of 19, underscoring his lifelong dedication to the cause of Indian freedom.

Place of Birth: Unnao

Date of Birth: August 5, 1901

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