The Father of Nation – Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi employed non-cooperation, non-violence and peaceful protest as a weapon against British rulers. He achieved the international repute for his doctrine of non-violence to attain political and social progress. So much so that Gandhiji became the world-renowned symbol of peace at the start of the Cold War. Gandhiji was primarily the political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. Known as Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of the nationalist movement against British rule in India. He was a staunch advocate of human, economic, social and spiritual development. He himself wore traditional Indian dhoti and a cotton shawl that he weaved with his hands on a spinning wheel which is also known as Charkha.An embodiment of simple living and high thinking Gandhiji with his non-violence principles led India to freedom from British rule on 15th August 1947.
However, just after a few months… on 30 January 1948, when Gandhiji was on his way to addressing evening prayers, he was assassinated by young Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse.
Entire country went into mourning with the sudden death of their endeared leader.
Maharashtra Gandhi Smarak Nidhi
The organization “Gandhi Samrak Nidhi” came into being in 1949. This organization had noted Indian leaders as its members, like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Chakravarty Rajgopalachari, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Shri Jagjeevan Ram. In response to appeals by them people in India contributed generously. This corpus fund is utilized to complete the projects left unfinished due to his sudden demise and also to preserve and propagate his teachings. And thus Gandhi Samrak Nidhi spread its wings by setting offices in many states in India.
Mamasaheb Devgirikar, the then regional president of Maharashtra Congress Committee, resigned from the post and shouldered responsibility to oversee all work in the state. He purchased a piece of 10 acre land to built the institution in a remote village in Pune, named Kothrud in Maharashtra. Decision to construct ‘Gandhi Bhavan’ was made on 5 November 1959. Honorable President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad performed Bhumi Poojan. Four months later on 22 April 1960 the foundation was laid by the then Chief Minister Yashvantrao Chavan. It took almost a year to complete the building. Gandhi Bhavan was inaugurated by Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 14 May 1961.
First President of MGS Nidhi
MGS Nidhi was registered in 1969 by Mamasaheb Devgirikar who also became the first President of this independent institution.To begin with the pressing issues and problems of that time were considered on priority and action was taken with the initiative of Mamasaheb Devgirikar.Mamasaheb Devgirikar passed away on 27 July 1975.
Second President of MGS Nidhi
Balasaheb Bharade took over as the second President of MGS Nidhi. Balasaheb Bharade, who had already worked as a Minister and Speaker of State Assembly, has also led several social welfare organizations like Khadi Gramodhyog, Harijan Seva Sangh and alcohol prohibition, among others.He focussed on promoting cottage industries and also developed an industrial estate to encourage small scale entrepreneurs. Balasaheb Bharade passed away on 22 November 2006.
‘Maharashtra Gandhi Smarak Nidhi’ has been established primarily to spread Gandhian ideology and values.
So its main aim is to conduct and promote the 15 constructive programs given by Mahatma Gandhi. These programs were…
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