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Raja Balbhadra Singh Chehlari

Statue of Raja Balbhadra Singh Chehlari

   Those revolutionaries and freedom fighter who fought selflessly for the freedom and self-rule of India in the First War of Independence from the Awadh.region the name of Raja Balbhadra Singh Chehlari appears in the forefront among the martyrs of Indian Independence. Raja Balbhadra Singh Chehlari born on 10th June 1840 AD fought the British forces bravely and sacrificed his life alongwith around 1000 other revolutionaries fighting the last battle of the First War of Indian Independence at Aovari around 2 Kms. from Barabanki on the confluence of riverlets Rait and Jamuria.
  A British Brigadier Sir Hopp Grant after being impressed and moved by Raja Balbhadra Singh Chehlari's bravery and exemplary courage has written in his memoirs "Incidents Of The Sepoy War" that "Their attacks were very ferocious though they remained   ineffective, but we had to fight very hard to ward them off."


K.D.Singh 'Babu'

K.D.Singh 'Babu'

  Kunwar Digvijay Singh popularly known as K.D.Singh 'Babu' was born on 2nd February 1922 in Barabanki. His father Raibahadur Thakur Shri Raghunath Singh was a well known social worker, learned lawyer and tennis player of the town.   K.D.Singh 'Babu' had started overwhelming people with his personality and deeds from very childhood. He thereby started getting lots of respect and regard in society during his social and student life. He excelled in studies as he did in sports. In hockey, he rose to such excellence that he was synonymous to the game and proved to be a magician on the hockey field.

Babu' started his sports career from the hockey tournament at Dewa Mela. In 1938 he participated in a tournament at Delhi where he dodged Mohammed Hussain, the then very famous hockey Olympian and scored goals, thereby getting lots of coverage in the newspapers. After the World War II he went to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1946 as a member of the Indian hockey team. In 1947, he toured British East Africa (Kenya), Uganda, Tanzania with the Indian hockey team captained by another great hockey maestro Dhyan Chand. In this tournament, the team scored 200 goals, and K.D.Singh 'Babu' scored 70 of them, highest by any player in the team.

Flt.Lt.Shankar Dayal Bajpai

Flt Lt.S.D.Bajpai

  Barabanki has the pride and privilege of producing gallant sons since ancient times. A number sons of this sacred soil have embraced martyrdom protecting the frontiers of the Nation. The name of Flt.Lt. Shankar Dayal Bajpai comes to the fore among the gallant sons of Barabanki, who laid down his life while keeping vigil on the frontiers of the nation.
He was born in the family of Pandit Shyamlal Bajpai in village Sharifabad of Satrikh in district Barabanki on 25th January 1960. He joined the Indian Air Force in 1980 and became a commissioned Officer in 1982. Then he trained to become an expert fighter pilot, and after several further  trainings and courses, he was entrusted to fly the Jaguar fighter aircraft, a very sophisticated and latest machine of that period.Flt.Lt.S.D.Bajpai was posted at the highly sensitive Indo-Pak border post of Naalia in Gujarat, where 24 hour air vigil is maintained by MiG, Mirage and Jaguar fighter aircrafts.




Sant Kavi Baijnath

Sant Kavi Baijnath Kurmi

  Baba as he is popularly known was the pride of the whole nation in Hindi literature leave alone Barabanki. His creativity and personality was multifaceted, but they could not see the light of popularity and position as they could not be timely made public and some remain unexposed even today.

Sant Kavi Baijnath Memorial

Sant Kavi Baijnath was a renowned linguist of Ramkatha literature. He was born in district Barabanki in village Dehwa on Ashwin Purnima of samvat 1890. His father Heeranand was a financially sound zamindar of Manapur Dehwa. Fakire Ram was his Guru. Sant Kavi Baijnath's first literary creation that came to light was Geetavali ki Teeka in samvat 1932. Then His poetic collection was published by the name 'Kalpdroom'. With passage of time, a number of his literary creations kept on coming to light. He gave up his mortal remains in 1954 on 7th of Baishakh shukl at 4 in the evening.

Sant Kavi Jagjivan Das

Baba Jagjivan Das

  On the Banks of Ghaghra is a village known as Sardaha, here in 1727 was born Sant Kavi Jagjivan Das, the propounder of the Satnaami sect. He made Kotwa his spiritual and literary birth place and meditorium. Leading a family life. Sant Kavi Jagjivan Das proved to be a great Saint and literary genius. To his credit are more than a dozen literary creations, which has enriched the heritage of Hindi literature. Agh Vinaash, Maha Pralay, Gyan Prakash, Shabd-Sagar, Param Granth, Prem-Path, Aagam Paddhati, being his important creations.
In his Teacher-Pupil traditions, Bodhe Das, Dulan Das, Devi Das, Naval Das, Aahalaad Das, Bhikha Das etc. were his popular pupils who went on to become famous literary and spiritual personalities themselves.

Sant Kavi Chaturbhuj Das

  Sant Kavi Chaturbhuj Das, belonging to the Gyanashrayi branch of Nirgun Bhakti stream, made Rampur Jahangirabad his land of literary sadhna. He belonged to the era of Goswami Tulsidas. He spread the message of Nirgun Bramh by writing Nirgun Sagar, Hari Charitr Katha, Ram Charit, Ram Baavni, Ram Virhini

Qasim Shah

   Qasim Shah, son of Amanullah was born in 1731 AD, he carried forward the literary tradition of Sufi-atic poetry. He has given a very interesting account in Hans-Jawahir, the love story of Hans, the son of Sultan Budhaan Shah of Balkh-Bukhara and Jawahir the daughter of Alamshah of China.

Ravi Dutt Mishra
  Ravi Dutt Mishra from Dariyabad of Garib Dhan fame was born in 1769 AD. He was a great Scholar, astrologer, writer and a learned personality. He wrote a number of books, renowned ones include, Basant Raj, Dhanurved, Mat Chintamani Durga Mahotsav, Mahurat Prakash.

Shankar Dayal Awasthi
  Shankar Dayal Awasthi also from Dariyabad wrote Shivsiya Bratbodh, Shankar Pramod, Sankshipt Sankshep Ramayan etc.

Pandit Mahesh   Pandit Mahesh Dutt Shukl from born in 1840 AD. He was a great scholar of both Hindi and Sanskrit. His prominent literary creation among others include Kavya Sangrah, Kavitt Ramayan, Madhav Nidaan, Umapati Digvijai, Akar  Kosh Tika, Vishnu Puraan Devi Bhagwat, Padyam Puraan, Nrasingh Puraan. His son, Giranya Dutt Shukl was also a good poet. He wrote Krishna Kathakaar, Sanskrit Vyakranabham

Guru Prasad Singh 'Mrigesh'
  Ram Nagar has also earned a reputation in the field of Hindi literature. Guru Prasad Singh 'Mrigesh' (1910) from Budhwal wrote folk poetry on 'Parijaat'. His prominent literary writings include books like, Madhav    Mahabharat etc.

  Political Scene of the district
Political Leaders
Late Rafi Ahmad Kidwai

  Late Rafi Ahmad Kidwai is in those firsts, who jumped into the freedom movement on the call given by Mahatma Gandhi. His enthusiasm and organizational capabilities made him a leader in a very short span of time. He was jailed several times during the freedom struggle and spent more than 10 years in jails, proving his strong emotions for the freedom movement. He was a multifaceted personality, he was courageous, had practical view, had good organizational capacity, was sensitive to human emotions, was fundamentally a man of deeds and these qualities were seen during his  days in administration.

  He was born in the family of Imtiaz Ali his father, on 18 February 1894 at Masauli. He was Minister in charge of the Revenue, Home and Jail departments in Uttar Pradesh, and was so successful that he was made a central minister in the very first cabinet after India became independent. As a central Communications minister he presented to the nation the communications policy which was a tremendous achievement. He started the Airmail service in India on 30 January 1948 between New Delhi, Mumbai (then Bombay), Kolkata (then Calcutta) and Chennai (then Madras). The Inland letter is the gift of Rafi Ahmad Kidwai to the nation. He had sown the seeds of Green Revolution in 1952 when he was the Food Minister, and took measures to stop the black-marketing of food grains, thereby improving the overall food situation in the country. He was a true soldier, because he put all his efforts and energies to the service of the nation and kept fulfilling his duty to the nation. Being in chair as minister of food, he left for his heavenly abode on the 24th October 1954, leaving behind millions in tears, leaving behind a true nationalistic legacy. He was laid to rest at his native place, Masauli, true son of the soil.

Late Ram Sewak Yadav

Ram Sewak Yadav

  Honesty, dedication and service to people became synonyms of Ram Sewak Yadav. He was instrumental in spreading the Socialistic think across the length and breadth of the nation. Ram Sewak Yadav was born in the family of Ram Gulam Yadav his father, on 2nd July 1926 in village Taala of Tehsil Haidergarh. After completing his education upto Intermediate in Barabanki, he moved on to Lucknow University for his higher education, where he completed his B.A. in 1949. He did his degree in Law from Lucknow University in 1951. He practiced Law, but left it in 1956. He entered into active politics by joining Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, whom he considered as his Guru. In 1956, he became a legislator for the first time by winning the Ram Nagar assembly seat by-election. He earned his recognition as a leader with fighting qualities and was Member in 1957, 1962 and 1967 Loksabhas.

  With his hard work and dedication to the party and nation, he not only hoisted  the flag of Socialism in the district, State but the whole nation. He was the national Secretary General of the All India Socialist Party. He travelled abroad several times with Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia to spread the socialist movement. He lost the 1974 Loksabha election, but took it in his strides, and worked hard for the party and enriched its movement. Ram Sewak Yadav was again elected to the  Legislative Assembly in 1974 from the Rudauli Assembly seat. This great son of this land who lit the flame of socialism in the country died on 22nd November 1974 leaving all stunned and shocked.

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