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CM Rio condoles death of Padma Shri Shrivastava

DIMAPUR: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio condoled the death of Padma Shri Dr. Ravindra Nath Shrivastava who passed away in New Delhi today.

Shrivastava is the father of Nagaland additional chief secretary and resident commissioner, Nagaland House, New Delhi, Jyoti Kalash.

Shrivastava, also known as Ravindra Rajhans, was a retired professor of English and a renowned author, satirist, and poet, who was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to Hindi literature in 2009.

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In a condolence message to Kalash, Rio said Shrivastava’s demise is a great loss to the literary community of the country and the vacuum created by his absence will be deeply felt by all.

“Losing someone close to our heart is not easy and it grieves us much. However, the silver lining is he will continue to live in our midst through the numerous books he had authored. I believe he would want us to celebrate his life more,” Rio said.

Conveying heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, he prayed to give them strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss.

In 2014, Shrivastava published “Sunrise in Slums,” an anthology of poems focused on the lives of underprivileged children, as one of his many books.

The book was inspired by the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and was released by then Vice President Hamid Ansari.

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