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Noted Hindi writer and editor of 'Hans' Rajendra Yadav passes away
The editor of 'Hans Patrika' since 1986 and eminent scholar of hindi literature took his last breath in the midnight of Monday. He was born on August 28th, 1929 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The literary magazine Hans was founded by Munshi Premchand in 1930 but ceased its publication in 1953. Yadav relaunched it on July 31, 1986 on the birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand.

Dr. Ramesh Chandra Pokhariyal Nishank, one of the friends of Rajendra Yadav, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and a noted author, "He (Rajendra Yadav) was not keeping well for a long time, he died in the mid-night while being taken to the hospital."

Yadav was a first class in MA (Hindi) from Agra University. His first novel was 'Pret Bolte Hain (Ghosts Speak)', published in 1951 and later retitled as Sara Akash (The Infinite Cosmos) in the 1960s. It was the first Hindi novel which tried to shock orthodox Indian cultural traditions. It was adapted into a movie of the same title, 'Sara Akash', by Basu Chatterjee in 1969.

Ukhre Huey Log, ('The Rootless People) was his next novel, which depicts the trauma of a couple arising out of socio-economic condition which forced them to desert the conventional path. This novel envisages "living in" concept for the first time.

He wrote two more novels, Kulta (The Wayward Wife), and Shah aur Maat (Check and Mate). He also wrote several stories and did the Hindi translation of many works of Russian language writers like Turgenev, Chekhov and Lermontov (A Hero of Our Times), as also Albert Camus (The Outsider).

Rajendra Yadav's wife Madhu Bhandar is also a fiction writer. Besides being a writer, Rajendra Yadav was also a nominated board member of Prasar Bharti in 1999?2001.

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