H. Y. Sharada Prasad

H. Y. Sharada Prasad
Born (1924-04-15)15 April 1924
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Died 2 September 2008(2008-09-02) (aged 84)
New Delhi, India
Resting place Dayanand Muktidham Crematorium, Delhi
Occupation Civil servant
Known for Association with Indira Gandhi
Parent(s) Holenarasipura Yoganarasimham
Awards Padma Bhushan
Website H Y Sharada Prasad

Holenarasipur Yoganarasimham Sharada Prasad (1924–2008) was an Indian civil servant, journalist and writer, best known as the media adviser to Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India.[1] He also served as the media adviser to Rajiv Gandhi, during his tenure as the Indian Prime Minister.[2] Born on 15 April 1924[3] to Holenarasipura Yoganarasimham and Saraswati in Bangalore in the south India state of Karnataka,[4] he started his career as a journalist at the Indian Express Group and later joined the Publications Division of the Government of India as an assistant editor during which time he served as the editor of Yojana, the official journal of the Planning Commission of India. His stint as the editor of the journal was reported to have brought him to Indira Gandhi's notice who invited him to join her staff as the media adviser.[2]

During his tenure with Indira Gandhi, Sharada Prasad was known to have assisted in the establishment of two notable institutions, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and the National Institute of Design.[5] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1999, for his contributions to society.[6] He died, aged 84, on 2 September 2008, due to age related illnesses, survived by his wife and two sons.[2] His life has been documented in his memoirs, A Window on the Wall[7] and a series of newspaper articles under the title, The Book I Won't Be Writing.[5]

He was a brother of noted botanist late Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram and thus the paternal uncle of Indian Ocean's Rahul Ram.[8]

See also


  1. "H.Y. Sharada Prasad: A man synonymous with Indira Gandhi". Two Circles. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 "Sharada Prasad dead". The Hindu. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  3. "167 Deceased Ancestors". Tribal Pages. 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. "The curious votary of free press". The Hindu. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Lessons He Won't Be Giving Anymore". Outlook India. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  6. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. Sharada Prasad H Y (2010). A Window on the Wall. Navakarnataka Publications. p. 130. ISBN 9788184671360.
  8. Chandrabhaal Tripathi (22 June 2018). "Doyen of Indian botanists no more". The Tribune India. Retrieved 2018-06-22.

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