This Day In History- September 29

1928 – The First National Security Adviser of India, Brijesh Chandra Mishra was born. Brijesh Mishra was principal secretary to the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was India’s ambassador in Geneva and Indonesia, also, India’s permanent representative in Geneva and United Nations. He was the principal spokesperson and a key motivator  of Foreign policy and was behind Atalji’s historic visit to Pakistan  engaging United States in a strategic dialogue.

Brijesh Chandra Mishra

1930- A highly adored Sanskrit scholar, writer, grammarian, and a poet, Satya Vrat Shastri was born. He is known for his writings which include three mahakavyas, three Khandakavyas, one Prabandhakavyas,one Patrakavya and five critical writings in Sanskrit. His significant works are RamakirtimahakavyamBrahattaram BharatamSribodhisattvacharitamVaidika VyakaranaSarmanyadesah Sutram Vibhati, and “Discovery of Sanskrit Treasures” in seven volumes. He became the first recepient of Janipath Award in sanskrit language. And also has won many international awards including Sahitya Akademi award for his poetic work in sanskrit. He was head of sanskrit department and the Dean of faculty of arts at Delhi university. Presentaly he is an honorary professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Delhi university.

1932 – Mehmood Ali Khan, an Indian actor popularly known as Mehmood, was born. His career in the film industry spanned 4 decades,  in which he did more than 300 Hindi films and was more popular for his comic roles. He was on top of career for 2 decades, from 1965 to 1985. However his mystique began to decline in the late 80’s, when other comedians like Anupam Kher and Johny lever took his place. He was a heart patient and was in Pennsylvania, US for his treatment, where he took his last breath in 2004. His son Lucky Ali is a singer , composer and also acted in few films.


1981 – An Indian Airlines Jetliner (Boeing 737) was high jacked  by five members of the Dal Khalsa to protest against the arrest of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale who had been accused of being involved in the murder of Jalandhar based Hindu newspaper owner Jagat Narain.

2004 – Nalapat Balamani Amma, also known as the the Poetess of Motherhood was born. She was an Indian Poetess known for his writings Amma (Mother), Muthassi (Grandmother), and Mazhuvinte Katha (The story of the Axe). She recieved many awards including Padma Bhushan, Saraswati Samman, Sahitya Akademi award and Ezhuthachchan Award.

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