Madana, Mohana was a born poet. When he
was fifteen or sixteen years of age he had begun composing poems. Within a short time he
was not only considered as an accomplished poet but also became famous as a poet. His nom
de plume (the name he used as a writer) was Makaranda'. His first composition was 'Radhika
The second meeting of the Indian National Congress was held in Calcutta. Dadabhai
Naoroji, the great leader, was the distinguished president of the session. There was a
huge gathering. At that colorful gathering, advised by his teacher, a young man went up
the rostrum. Well, he began his speech. The youth's words, charged with deep patriotism,
flowed steadily and majestically like the Ganga. The hearers were glad. They were there to
listen to him when the lecture over the entire audience cheered. The founder of the
Congress, Hume, later described Madana Mohan Malaviya's speech as 'unforgettable'.
It was at this session that Maharaja Shri Ram Pal Singh met Malaviya. He was the
proprietor of a daily 'The Hindusthan'. He requested Madana Mohana to accept the
editorship of the daily and made over its management entirely to him.