Weer Rajendra Rishi

Weer Rajendra Rishi (1917 – 2002[1]) was an Indian linguist, diplomatic translator, and Romani studies scholar.

Rishi was born Waliati Ram Rishi at Makarampur (Karnal) on September 23, 1917.[1] He married in 1938 and entered the civil service soon thereafter. He changed his given names to Weer Rajendra in 1948. He completed an MA in Russian language and literature, and in 1950, another MA in English at Nagpur University.[1]

Rishi worked in the Indian Embassy at Moscow (1950–52) and later, at the Indian High Commissions at Singapore (1962–65) and London (1969–71). His Russian language skills allowed him to worked as interpreter for various Soviet dignitaries including Khrushchev, Marshal Bulganin, Marshal Voroshilov, Marshal Zakharov and Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin. He also served as an interpreter for the ex-President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on an official visit to the Soviet Union in 1960. Rishi retired from the Indian Foreign Service in 1973.[2]

Rishi then served as the Director of the Indian Institute of Romani Studies at Chandigarh and the editor of Roma - Half-Yearly Journal on the Life, Language and Culture of Roma. He was later named Honorary President of the International Romani Union.[2]

He died in Chandigarh on December 1, 2002, aged 85.[1]


Rishi received India's Padma Shri award in 1970.[3] He also received a National Millennium Award at the Millennium World Hindi Conference in 2000.[4]



  1. 1 2 3 4 Obituary, Rishi Roma
  2. 1 2 Indian Institute of Romani Studies
  3. "Padma Shri Awardees". Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  4. Rajendra Rishi to get millennium award, ChandigarhTribune News Service, September 8, 2000

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