Purushottam Nijhaawan (Author)
Father, Purushottam Nijhaawan, (77) generally introduces himself as a maverick of love, life and literature. He got recognition as a Hindi poet rather quite early in life. At 26-27, some of his early poems found their way into the Panjab University anthologies. Careerwise, he rose to be the Chief Editor of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. As a Family Planning communication expert, he was the first UN Population Year fellow in 1972. The high watermark of his official career was reached when he contributed the keynote address to the 40-day UNESCO workshop - cum - seminar in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in 1973, before a cream of media experts, Indian and foreign. He also edited the JRD Tata's FP speeches and addresses to be distributed at the United Nations headquarters when Mr. Tata received the World Population Award in 1992. In 1975-76, he wrote "Hinduism Redefined." Three of its chapters were published in the Statesman Calcutta even before its publication. After its publication, the Illustrated Weekly of India reproduced its opeing chapter, the editor Kumud Khanna describing the book as "A seminal work on Hinduism." Others who lauded this work, Included: Nani A. Palkhiwala, Dr. P.N. Kirpal, Girilal Jain, Dr. Daya Krishna, Dr. Amrik Singh, to name a few. He has a deep and abiding interest in the civilizational issues of the age and finds Hinduism as uniquely answering the future needs of mankind.