sulabh swatchh bharat

Friday, 20-July-2018


‘The gift of Knowledge is the greatest gift’ – Dr Pathak

The mother’s place is paramount in our life. God has given knowledge, power and wealth to only to mother figures. The most important thing here is that motherhood is at the base of all things. You are doing the work of upholding motherhood, it is a very commendable contribution. I am thankful to all of you for inviting me on your Foundation Day. These words were spoken by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak at the 59th Foundation Day Function at Janaki Devi Memorial College.
On this occasion, Dr Pathak said that he was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi but the founder of this college, Brij Krishn Chandiwala, had lived with Gandhiji and worked with him. He was a Gandhian and a dedicated nationalist, who also participated in the struggle for the freedom of our country. Therefore you all are ahead of us in every way, said Dr Pathak, “Once Yudhishthar asked Bhishma Pitamah, what should be given in donation. He answered, ‘If you feed someone with food and water then he will come again to demand the same.’  Therefore, if you have to donate something, then give knowledge. I worked at first as a teacher. When I used to take classes, it went on for 2 to 3 hours, and I did not know it. Once the headmaster himself had come to remind me of the time.”
Dr Pathak said that he enjoyed the presentation of Drama Society ‘Anubhuti’. I have been in tears for the past  50 years on seeing the condition of our manual scavenger brothers, but the presentation here today made all the people sitting here cry. Gandhiji had said that till these people will live in dirty conditions, no one would eat them with them. Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar had said that in this country untouchability will not end by getting just representation in the parliament. It will end when the people will take  bathe in the same pool, go to the temple, eat together, and draw water from the same well. Sulabh has completed the goal of Baba Saheb in Alwar and Tonk in Rajasthan. Today, the ex-scavengers eat with others, go to the temple, and make and sell commodities like pickle and papad.
Dr Pathak also inaugurated the Eco Zone at Janki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University, on the occasion of  their 59th Foundation Day. On this occasion, MP and BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi, New Delhi area Municipal Councillor Paramjeet Singh Rana and former JDMC president Kusum Krishna were present. The college students also presented their cultural programs. Principal Swati Pal honored the chief guests with gifts of shawls and saplings. On the Founder’s Day of JDMC, Dr Pathak honoured the college accountant Ishwari Dutt with a memento. Meenakshi Lekhi MP from New Delhi area gifted the gift of an open air gym on the Founder’s Day. She said that Dr Pathak is her ideal. He has done commendable work for the benefit of women. All of us should contribute to the development of the country and society. At the function, the municipal councilor of New Delhi area Paramjit Singh Rana said that women have given birth to great personalities in the country, that is why women’s dignity and power are to be respected. We extend the warmest congratulations to JDMC on its Foundation Day. Today women are illuminating the name of the country on the world’s stage. JDMC’s Principal Swati Pal welcomed all the guests and said that this college was set up  in 1959 by the Gandhian Hon’ble Braj Krishna Chandiwala to promote women’s education in memory of  his late mother Janki Devi.