Question: Recently who has been selected for the 51st Jnanpith award for his contribution to the Indian literature?
(a) Ramdarash Mishra
(b) Bhalchandra Nemade
(c) Rashiq Shah
(d) Raghuveer Chaudhary
- Eminent Gujarati litterateur RaghuveerChaudhary was on 29 December 2015 selected for the 51st Jnanpith award for his contribution to the Indian literature.
- The decision was taken in a meeting of the Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by noted scholar Namwar Singh.
- Other members of the selection board are Shamim Hanfi, Harish Trivedi, Suranjan Das, Ramakant Rath, Chandrakant Patil, Alok Rai, Dinesh Misra and Leeladhar Mandloi.
- Chaudhary is the fourth Gujarati litterateur to bag this prestigious award after Uma Shankar Joshi (1967), Pannalal Patel (1985) and Rajendra Shah (2001).
- Born in 1938 in Gujarat, Raghuveer Chaudhary is a novelist, poet, critic, a prominent figure on contemporary Gujarati literary scene and a Gandhian.
- He was a teacher at the Gujarat University until his retirement in 1998.
- He authored more than 80 books and some of his notable novels include Amrita, Venu Vatsala, Purvarang and Laagni Samjyaa Vinaa Chuuta Padvanu.
- He also had worked as a columnist for numerous newspapers such as Sandesh, Janmabhumi, Nirikshaka and DivyaBhaskar.
- He has received numerous awards including SahityaAkademi Award for his novel Trilogy “Uparvas” in 1977.
- He also received Sauhard Samman from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthaan for contribution to Hindi literature in 1990.
- In 2014 the 50th Jnanpith award was awarded to the Marathi literature writer Bhalchandra Nemade.
- Jnanpith award was instituted in 1961 and is presented annually by Bharatiya Jnanpith trust founded by the Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain family that owns the Times of India newspaper group.
- It is bestowed upon any Indian citizen who writes in any 22 official languages of India mentioned in VIII Schedule of Constitution of India.
- It includes cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of goddess Saraswati.
- First Jnanpith award was given to litterateur SankaraKurup of Malyalam literature in 1965.