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February 27, 2005
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February 27, 05

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NRI honoured for his patriotic work
By Hemant Padhya

Shri Hemant Kumar Gajanan Padhya, founder of Hindu Swatantryavir Smruti Sansthanam, England, was honoured by Pandit Shyamaji Krishnavarma Foundation, Kutch, for his commitment, dedication, efforts and his vital role to bring the urns (asthis) of the great freedom fighter and revolutionary Pandit Shyamaji Krishnavarma and his wife Bhanumati to India from Geneva. He also established silver medals in memory of Pandit Shyamaji Krishnavarma at Oxford University, England and Sorbonne University in Paris and erected a memorial plaque of Pandit Shyamaji at his former house in London.

The event was held on January 9, 2005 at the birthplace of the great patriot, Sanskrit scholar, philanthropist Pandit Shyamaji in Mandavi, Kutch (Gujarat). This birth-place is now transformed into a memorial museum where the urns of Pandit Shyamaji are preserved after the grand reception of the urns in 2003 at Chatrapati Shivaji airport Mumbai. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Kirit Somaiya, Member of Parliament, and Shri Mangal Bhanushali, Mayor of Ghatkopar, carried them to India and subsequently these were taken to Mandavi in a grand procession, called Viranjali Yatra, by road to enable the public to offer their last respects to their great hero who launched the freedom movement in London 15 years before Gandhiji entered Indian politics.

Shri Mangal Bhanushali, trustee of Pandit S.K. Foundation, praised the vital role Shri Hemant Padhya played in the process of bringing the urns after 73 years of Pandit Shyamaji?s death and 56 years after India's Independence. He said, ?We admire Hemantaji for his selfless service and his love and respect for his motherland and freedom fighters. While most of the Indians living abroad invest their time and efforts in making money, Hemantaji contributed a great deal of his personal time in service of his motherland and Hindu society and also made his mission to revive and propagate the memory of forgotten Indian freedom fighters. Hemantji has worked tirelessly on the project of bringing the asthis from Geneva, Switzerland, and without his help this would not have been achieved today. I feel great pride in saying that Hemantaji, not even being a Kutchi, has done great service to re-establish the name of Pandit Shyamaji Krishnavarma. The eminent Kutchi businessmen and organisations in United Kingdom must follow this ideal example and work closely with Hemantji on projects to revive the memory of Pandit Shyamaji.?

Hemant Padhya was felicitated traditionally in Indian style by being presented a traditional Kutch shawl by Shri Doctorji, president of the organisation. The beautiful gift of a peacock (national bird of Bharat) on a tree carved in pure silver was presented on behalf of Pandit Shyamaji Krishna Varma Foundation by Judge Shri Sureshkumar Madhusudan Padhya, coincidently hailing from the long lost ancestral Padhya family. It was a rare case as the honouring and the honoured bore the same surname! The event also turned into a memorable reunion of two members of the Padhya family who originally hailed from Siddhpur. The Mayor of Mandavi, Shri Chandubhai Bhanushali along with other prominent personalities of Mandavi and Bhuj and members of the above-mentioned organisations were also present.

Hemant Padhya was also honoured in Mumbai on January 11, 2005 by Shri Prakashbhai Mehta, leader of BJP, Mumbai, and Shri Kirit Somaiya, on behalf of Pandit Shyamaji Krishnavarma Smarak Samiti, Mumbai. A copper plaque and certificate of appreciation along with a shawl were presented to him.

Hemant Padhya thanked all for the unexpected reception given at Mumbai and Mandavi.

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