A successful parliamentarian and an outstanding statesman besides being a reluctant but effective lawyer : Kumari Selja
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh launched a year-long programme to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya at a function here today. A wide range of projects are being undertaken as part of the commemoration to make Malaviyaji’s ideals and achievements more accessible to a wider audience. On the occasion Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh expressed his pleasure to be present at the inaugural function of the 150th Birth Anniversary. He said that Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviyaji was one of the greatest leaders of our freedom struggle who shaped the values and ideals of modern India. Like many leaders of that generation, he was a man of many parts and his genius as an educationist, as a social reformer, as a writer and as a legislator has left a deep imprint on our polity and on our society. “We remember Malaviyaji as the founder of the Banaras Hindu University, which is today one of the premier national universities in the country with nearly twenty thousand students and 140 departments ranging from social sciences to medicine and engineering. “Malaviyaji wanted the youth of India to benefit from an integrated education that incorporated modern scientific knowledge, practical training, ethical standard and the study of the arts. He wanted to blend the best of Indian learning with the modern scientific ideas of the West. The Prime Minister further added that Malaviyaji believed in the power of education and morality in arousing the national consciousness and congratulated the initiative taken by the Ministry of Culture to celebrate the life and achievements of Malaviyaji. He also said that he was particularly glad to learn that special efforts are being made to translate the biography and literary works of Malaviyaji in different Indian languages. A series of countrywide seminars, lectures and exhibitions will be organised for spreading his message to the people at large. Paying glorious tributes to Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya, Kumari Selja, Minister of Culture and HUPA said that Malaviya ji had a multifaceted personality. He was a great patriot, a visionary educationist, a fearless social reformer, an ardent journalist, a successful parliamentarian and an outstanding statesman besides being a reluctant but effective lawyer. He has left an indelible impression on history through his role as freedom fighter in the Indian Independence Movement. By establishing the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) he built up the educational infrastructure for producing scientists and engineers of all shades imbued with a high sense of culture and patriotism. The Culture Minister thanked the Prime Minister and said a National Committee, has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister for the Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya. A National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the chairmanship of Dr. Karan Singh, MP has also been set up to follow up on the policy guidelines laid down by the National Committee. The National Implementation Committee has approved proposals for programmes and projects to ensure a befitting commemoration. Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman, National Implementation Committee also paid glowing tributes to the multifaceted genius Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya and his contribution in the freedom struggle and establishing the first National University ‘Banaras Hindu University’. National Advisory Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi released a “commemorative biography of Mahamana Malaviya”, and a “commemorative book on Mahamana Malaviya”. A commemorative stamp was also released on the occasion by the Prime Minister in the presence of Minister of Communications & IT and HRD, Shri Kapil Sibal. Present on the occasion were Secretary Culture Shri Jawhar Sircar and Members of the National Committee and National Implementation Committee.