Giriraj Kishore (writer)

Giriraj Kishore (8 July 1937 – 9 February 2020) was an Indian writer,[1] who was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in the year 2007.[2][3] He lived in Kanpur and was a retired government servant. He was given the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, the Vyas Samman in 2000, and an honorary Ph.D. by Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University in 2002.

Giriraj Kishore
Born8 July 1937
Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died9 February 2020 (aged 82)
OccupationWriter, essayist
Notable worksThe Girmitiya Saga
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award , Padma Shri


The President of India awarding the Padmashri award to Dr. Kishore

Giriraj Kishore was born in Muzzafarnagar in 1937. His father was a zamindar, but because of his socialist principles and lack of interest in zamindari system Giriraj left home at a young age and became a Gandhian. He completed his Masters in Social Work from The Institute of Social Sciences, Agra. He completed an emeritus fellowship by the University Grants Commission, Government of India in 1998-1999. He also did a fellowship at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla from 1999 to 2001.

He had worked at different posts as an officer in the government, including as registrar of Kanpur University (Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University) and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in a career spanning more than 30 years.[4] He was formerly a member of the Sahitya Akademi working committee, and the Railway Board of GOI.

He was married to Mrs. Meera Kishore and has 2 daughters and a son. Both his daughters are married. After his retirement from IIT KANPUR he resided in Kanpur .[5] He also wrote articles regularly in newspapers and was the editor of a Hindi magazine Aakar.

Selected worksEdit

  • Pahla Girmitiya (The Girmitiya Saga), for which he received the Padma Shri in 2007.[6][7][8]
  • Baa (Kasturba Gandhi- a bio fiction)
  • Dhai Ghar
  • Parishishta
  • Aanjaney jayate etc.


  1. ^ "Writers hurt by Sahitya Akademi's silence on killings: Giriraj Kishore". The Economic Times. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ Pratiyogita Darpan. 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Gandhian writes to President for returning Padma Shri — India News". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  4. ^ Grapevines - IIT Kanpur
  5. ^ "Authors of Rajkamal Prakashan | Giriraj Kishore". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Giriraj Kishore: Amitabh invited to Hindi meet but writers, historians sidelined". The Hindu. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Don't auction blade of grass with Gandhi's blood, he urges". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Quenching a thirst for Hindi | Guardian Weekly |". Retrieved 9 September 2018.