Dr.Jaykant Mishra 1.2.09
When I write thus,” Dr.Jaykant Mishra 1.2.09,” it means something more than the words and numbers it contain..yes Dr. Jaykant Mishra who prefers to call and write in Maithili as Dr. Shrijaikant Mishra as per Maithil traditions where Shri means a person living and we wish the person born on 20.12.1922 remains so for many years so that he can see the dream of Mithila state he worked for good many years till he could remain active.
When I decided to meet him on 1.2.09 after a good long years, after XIII International Maithili Conference during Sept.24-25, 2005 at Jaipur where he had gone as the chief guest to speak on 100 years of Maithili Journalism.
Four years is not a small span. Once somebody told me that he was no more which was soon contradicted.
I did not know Dr.Jaykant Mishra when I entered in Maithili movement in 1992 and had just sent an information to the address of English Dept. of Allahabad University where he must have retired a decade back. He later told me that he could get that circular long after. Knowing from someone that I was convening First International Maithili Conference during June 19-20, 1993, he came at his own instinct such love and passion he had for Maithili and we decided to make him the inaugurator of the First International Maithili Conference which he deserved ads he was the person that Maithili could enter in the Sahitya academy.
Then in 1993, Dr. Mishra was angry that Maithili conference was discussing floods and industrialization of Mithila but soon I was able to convince him that without getting Mithila state, Maithili’s status is not secure and in 1996 as the president of Mithila Rajya Sangharsh Samiti he toured nooks and corners of Mithila even with an implanted pacemaker!
I had occasions to tour with him in many parts of Mithila which I had written in Ranchi Express’s columns.
When I was informed by my younger brother that he was doing Kalpvas(one month stay on Ganga bank) at Allahabad I was surprised that at this old age he could do so like a yogi- and after Sangam snana when I reached near his tent I was informed that just previous night he became ill and was taken back to his house at Elangan’s 1/C, Sir PC Banerjee Road . We went there and found him not so much healthy but he recollected me and was saying something incoherently which meant that now he was not able to do for Mithila Movement. I assured him that many workers were doing their best and now there was also Mithila Vikas Party which had announced candidates from Darbhanga and Arariya.
He asked about my father who was years elder to him and expired one year before. His daughter was there and several family members and soon he will be cured as this episode was most probably due to cold at open Ganga ghat.
My brother and me soon come out. His son was turning pages on acupuncture which he practices. Though people know me as a physician nobody asked nor did I give any medical advice as it would not have been proper except suggesting them to make him reclined on pillows for he would like it with a surely compromised cardiac status.
Well he is Dr. Jaykant mishra whose father Dr. Umesh Mishra was one who asked Maithils never to write on Maihtili in any Hindi compendium least it would be assumed dialect of Hindi which it was not but an independent language of Indian group. Trueky, inheriting the legacy of his father, Jykant Mishra was able to include Maithili in the Sahitya Akademy through many persuasive efforts with workers like Babu Saheb Choudhary..
I have a great admiration for him.
He insistently asked for our food etc. which I denied saying we had already.
He could have this gesture of ‘Atithi’ is a marker of his great personality.
I assured him that I would come again to meet him.
I recalled every day of his correcting my autobiography’s manuscript which is still in a suspended animation though fully ready to be printed but who is going to be a taker of that when I have become neutral in my life towards RSS on the bas of which I had been able to evolve NMO.
I had talked Elsevere and Jaypee two days before in the APICON at the Greater NOIDA though am not hoping they will finally like to publish such a non-core medical reading book.