Indian Publishing Hall of Fame

In February 1987 the Institute of Book Publishing organised its inaugural ceremony in New Delhi “to acknowledge, acclaim and honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of publishing and the cause of book culture in India.”

The first persons so awarded and inducted were, posthumously, Jawaharlal Nehru, K. M. Munshi, D. R. Mankekar, M. N. Rao; and P. Lal, Dev Raj Chawla (of UBS), and the Sahitya Pravarthaka Cooperative Society of Kerala. The citation for P. Lal stated that “Lal’s WRITERS WORKSHOP has grown into a movement with an ethos of its own. It has succeeded in furthering the cause of Indian poetry in English despite its limited resources: a tribute to Lal’s devotion and energy. No one has been able to create and sustain a similar effort.”

(Quoted from the booklet)