A group of young journalists and lecturers of Uttarakhand, drawing inspiration from committed n dedicated senior journos and intellectuals including the social activists wedded to the noble cause of social, economic n educational upgradation of the hilly state through self employment processes and highlighting the lacunae n demerits of successive governments since the last two decades, achieving separate entity as Uttarakhand has come out with a fabulous magazine titled HIMANTAR as a collective voice of the Uttarakhand’s inhabitants.
The first two issues of the magazine carrying significant articles highlighting the socio economic achievements of the creative people of Uttarakhand and the grievances confronted by struggling women and the youths for sustenance were released at a well attended function in Uttarakhand Sadan, Chanakyapuri in New Delhi this Sunday.
The magazine IN HINDI TITLED HIMANTAR was collectively released by the former MLA and founding senior leader n president of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal Kashi Singh Airy, Vipin Tripathi, eminent writer Ramesh Ghildiyal, senior journalists Charu Tiwari, Suresh Nautiyal, Dr. Surya Prakash Semwal, Mr. Papnai, president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum, Sunil Negi, Lalit Fulara, Amar Ujala, child activist, Kusum Kandwal Bhatt, editor of HIMANTAR Prakash Upreti, Mr. Ranwalta, professor Harendra Aswal, Mrs Upreti, theatre activist n renowned theatrist Mrs Lakshmi Rawat, additional director Rajya Sabha and social activist Mrs Kandwal, actor OP Dimri, Tejpal Rawat, Shiv Charan Mundepi, Neeraj Bawari, Tejpal Singh Rawat, etc.
The programme was commenced with renowned author Ramesh Ghildiyal presiding over it and everyone present keeping two minutes silence in honour of those who died in the recent avalanche of Chamoli including those, who succumbed to dreaded Corona during the pandemic lockdown period.
While initiating the discussion after the launch of HIMANTAR quaterly magazine, the editor Dr. Prakash Upreti and Mr. Shashi Mohan Ranwalta shed light on the need to come out with the printed version of the emagazine HIMANTAR that has been disseminating valuable information and enriching the avid readers by its significant articles highlighting the grievances of the people of Uttarakhand as well as the strides being made in the field of self employment generation as well as the incessant struggle of the women power ” Maata Shakti of Uttarakhand. Both of them assured that the magazine will strive hard to come true to the expectation of its valued readers and continue its publication in future incessantly, by all means, despite various odds n challenges it forsees in the coming future.
Majority of the speaker’s while heartily congratulating the dedicated team of the magazine to bring out the printed version of HIMANTAR said that this is quite a stupendous task with enormous challenges of finances ahead but also hoped that keeping in view the immense grit, determination and intellectual pursuit of Dr. Prakash Upreti n Shashi Mohan Ranwalta including its dedicated team to carry their pro people vision forward, they are fully optimistic of this magazine touching progressive heights in the near future, by all means.
Those present in the meeting, fully assured the HIMANTAR team to assist them financially as well as editorially.
The speakers stressed that the magazine should highlight the socio economic, health and education n employment related grievances of the suffering people including prevailing widespread corruption as well as other shortcomings so as to become an incredible via media or collective peoples’ voice to also work as a deterrent for the wrong doers especially those at the helm of affairs in the government thus coming to the rescue of the distressed electorates.
The speakers also urged to highlight the eminent literateurs’ work, regional culture, Uttarakhand’s folk, traditions’ poetries, stories, not being highlighted these does etc to give HIMANTAR a literary look as well apart from highlighting the socio economic, health, educational n unemployment related grievances n their pathetic state of affairs, with special emphasis on women empowerment who are considered to be the most neglected lot.
Every participant who comprised of intellectuals, thinkers, theatre activists, journalists, NGO activists, writers and professors unanimously assured of their all round support for the success of this magazine with the optimism that it would set an outstanding example of an outstanding journal symbolising as the credible voice of Uttarakhand.