In Pondicherry, visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where I spent many years in the past, offered obeisance at Sri Aurobindo’s Samadhi, met a number of my teachers & elders, their warmth is always inspiring. Sri Aurobindo 150
West Bengal is in the grip of extortion, vendetta politics Ms Mamata Banerjee led TMC has giving rise to lumpen-cartels which is destroying the democratic fabric of the state. Its top leaders are complicit in all kinds of crimes & anti-democratic acts Rampurhat Massacre
Introductory Remarks at a discussion on Shri Brij Lal (Rajya Sabha MP & Former DGP, UP) book “Siyasat Ka Sabak” #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav #JogendraNathMandal #BRAmbedkar
Was delighted to meet eminent carnatic music exponent Padmabhushan, Kalaimamani Smt Sudha Raghunathan.Congratulated her on her appointment as Member of Central Advisory Board on Culture, GoI.Had an interesting discussion on role of cultural movements in India’s freedom movement.
Was delighted to interact with Amb Satish Chandra, former: HC to Pakistan, Representative to UN (Geneva) & Deputy NSA. A strong nationalist voice, he had closely worked on security-diplomacy during NDA-1. At one point had keenly watched India’s neighbourhood with him.
Was happy to be part of the handing over ceremony of the Sri Aurobindo 150 special tableau that was displayed on Republic Day at Rajpath. It was handed over to #SriAurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch by Govt of India. Sh Ram Bahadur Rai ji was also present. Also felicitated Tara Didi …
Was happy to meet eminent Tamil-English writer & thinker, Member Sahitya Akademi GC. Shri Maalan. Had an interesting discussion on Tamil literature, politics, intellectual movement, narrative building etc especially on how waves of gradual change are sweeping TN!
Some friends and elders will be forever missed. Visited late Shri Mahadevbhai Desai’s family in Navsari. A selfless activist, thinker, educationist, Mahadevbhai contributed to many fields, especially to the library and reading movement (Vanche Gujarat). Paid my heartfelt tributes to him and recalled the many hours we spent discussing library …
Addressed students at Auro University, Surat, urged them to prepare for Amrit Kaal through goals for national service. Attended the University’s Governing Board meeting. Work is proceeding apace on completing Sri Aurobindo Integral Learning Centre by Aug 2022. Sri Aurobindo 150
At Dang (Dandakaranya) had a very interesting interaction with Sh P.P. Swami of Dang Swaraj Ashram who has been doing phenomenal work amongst tribals. As CM Shri Narendra Modi’s action in Dang had been transformative. Reams await to be written on it. Also attended “Dang Durbar”.
At Bardoli, Gujarat,visited historic “Swaraj Ashram” founded by the iconic Sardar Patel. Spent time with Smt Niranjanaben Kalarthi, the soul & shakti of the Ashram. Felicitated her on being conferred #NariShaktiPuraskar.