Binod Bihari Verma
Born: 3 December 1937
Died: 9 November 2003
- He was a Maithili writer, doctor, and member of the military.
- He is most noted for his pioneering work on Panjis, which are ancient genealogical charts, Maithili Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan.
- He is also known for his depiction of the rural poor of the Mithila region in his writings.
- He worked as a medical officer in the Indian Army, as a lecturer in a Dental College, and as a private medical practitioner.
- He simultaneously carried on his literary works by independent publishing and in the magazines Mithila Mihir and Karnamrit.
- He had command over a number of languages including Urdu, Sanskrit, Odia, Assamese and Bengali and scripts of various Indian languages, such as old Maithili, Assamese, Gurmukhi, Odia, and Nepali.
- In 1962, during the Sino-Indian War, he joined the Indian Army.
- He was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in 1963 and served in areas such as Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Punjab, Assam, and Goa.
- He fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and in 1984 he took a permanent commission in the army.
- He was involved in Operation Bluestar in 1984 and the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka in 1988–1990, where he commanded the 404 Field Ambulance at Vavuniya.
- He took early retirement from active army service in 1990, partly disillusioned with the war in Sri Lanka.
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