Nagpur : Veteran Hindi writer Madhup Pandey, who was known as Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s “guru,” passed away early on Thursday at home after a brief illness, according to his close friends.
According to a family acquaintance, he was eighty-two years old and survived by his wife Madhulika and daughter Madhuli.
On Thursday night, Pandey’s final ceremonies were held at the Ambazari Ghat crematorium in front of a sizable gathering of Hindi academics, literary luminaries, friends, and supporters.
Pandey wanted “to see people smiling with his eyes” after he passed away, so his last wishes were fulfilled when his eyes were donated.
He was a well-known Hindi writer, poet, and satirist who received numerous honors, including the Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Award, SahityaShri, Hasya Ratna, and Maharashtra State Sahitya Academy Hindi Sevi Award.
In addition to organizing or taking part in a number of other national and international literary events, programs, etc., he was co-director of the inaugural World Hindi Conference.
The current Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, was one of his college students. He gave a heartfelt homage to “My Guru, Madhup Pandey Sir” during that time.
Gadkari claimed that through his poetry, “Pandey Sir had created a huge fan following” through his participation in literary events in India and overseas.
“Many honors were bestowed upon his literary works. I loved his literature as a student as well. Gadkari prayed that God would grant the deceased person’s soul peace and his family the fortitude to cope with their loss.
Gajanan Mahapurkar, the executive member, and Sheetala Prasad Dubey, the working president of the Maharashtra State Sahitya Academy, also paid tribute to Pandey, his contributions, and his legacy.