Umesh Choubey cremated with State honours

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 10:24:10


Special Correspondent,

THE last rites of well-known social worker and veteran journalist Umesh Choubey alias ‘Babuji’ were performed with full State honours at Mokshadham on Thursday. Draped in tri-colour, Choubey’s mortal remains were brought to the crematorium with thousands of people including friends, relatives, political leaders, social activists, lawyers, doctors, journalists, bureaucrats, film-makers, litterateurs, corporators, businessmen and his close acquaintances, joining the funeral procession which started from his Gujarwadi residence around 4 pm. A 21-gun salute was accorded to him at Mokshadham. People were chanting ‘Babuji Amar Rahe’ till the pyre was lit by his son Tanuj Choubey. His followers, volunteers of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti and leaders of trade unions, watched the funeral with teary eyes.

A multi-faceted personality, Choubey (86) had died due to liver sclerosis at Government Medical College & Hospital Wednesday night. Choubey, who served as corporator of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for three terms and as Chairman of NMC Standing Committee, was also actively associated with Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, movement for carving out separate state of Vidarbha and several other social, literary, cultural and political organisations.

Later, a condolence meeting was held under the presidentship of District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule. Girish Gandhi read out the condolence message of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
Offering tributes to Choubey on behalf of the Maharashtra Government, Bawankule said that he was a great personality of Nagpur and dedicated his entire life for poor, downtrodden and needy people. Choubey fought against injustice and susperstition, besides exposing several self-styled godmen, he added.

Bawankule said that Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had conveyed their grief on Choubey’s demise. He said, a ‘Shraddhanjali Sabha’ would be held shortly to offer tributes to the great personality of Nagpur who always helped people throughout his life.

Legislators Prof Jogendra Kawade, Girish Vyas, Dr Milind Mane, Ashish Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, and Sudhakar Kohale, ex-MP Gev Awari, former minister Ranjit Deshmukh, former legislators Dinanath Padole and Yadavrao Deogade, Commissioner of Police Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, District Collector Ashwin Mudgal, NMC Ruling Party leader Sandeep Joshi, Leader of Opposition in NMC Tanaji Vanve, senior corporators Dayashankar Tiwari, Praful Gudadhe Patil, Kishor Jichkar, ex-MLC S Q Zama, Pt Umesh Sharma, Managing Director of ‘The Hitavada’ Rajendra Purohit, Harish Adyalkar, Mannu Datta, City Congress President Vikas Thakre, NCP City Unit Chief Anil Ahirkar, Sheikh Hussain, Deepak Patel, Rajesh Jargar, Raman Paigwar, D M Kaushal, Dr Govind Verma, Gond Raje Virendra Shah, Adv Abhijeet Wanjari, Salil Deshmukh, Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe, Gyanesh Wakudkar, Gyaneshwar Rakshak, Vishal Muttemwar, Munna Ojha, Rajesh Kumbhalkar, J P Sharma, Tejinder Singh Renu, Harish Deshmukh, President of Maharashtra Union of Working Jounalists Pradeep Kumar Maitra, President of Nagpur Union of Working Journalists Shirish Borkar, Secretary of Nagpur Press Club Brahmashankar Tripathi, senior journalists Joseph Rao, Satyanarayan Sharma, Chandramohan Dwivedi, Manikant Soni, ex-Vice-Chancellor Haribhau Kedar, Dr Rakesh Shrivastava, and thousands of people offered tributes to Choubey.

A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed soul. Earlier, Mayor Nanda Jichkar, MLA Sunil Kedar and Mohan Mate visited Choubey’s residence and offered floral tributes to him.



Voice of oppressed masses lost: Tamil Nadu Governor

In passing away of Umesh Choubey the city has lost the voice of oppressed masses, and also a personal friend of mine, said Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu, while condoling former's death. Recalling his 50-year long association with Choubey, the Governor said former was at forefront of every major struggle that occurred in city and never hesitated to side with downtrodden and voiceless people.

Purohit further called that Choubey and he himself worked closely during the Vidarbha statehood movement and said latter was well known journalist, a fine writer and litterateur, and one who shaped and enriched the Hindi theater movement in city. Choubey was a ever vigilant and would at forefront while raising voice against injustice to anybody. Since his youth days, he was at forefront of leading struggle to seek justice for students, for people who suffered at hands of system or fighting for people who were victimised.

Choubey was also associated with anti-superstitious movement and had a role in busting fraudulent claims of many a high profile 'Babas'. Though the medium of Journalism, he strived to provide justice to people victimised by administration or the system, Purohit stated further in his message. He also recalled that Choubey was associated with Kundanlal Gupta, one of the prominent freedom fighter, and closely witnessed the freedom struggle. Purohit said such was scale of Choubey/s contributions in various fields, Nagpurians would not let him fade away from their memories.