STUDENTS HAVE a right to know the spiritual heritage of the country. Unfortunately, educational institutes in India have never been successful in passing on the spiritual values to students.
Instead, there have been attempts to divide young minds on the basis of religion, said Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission chairman Justice D M Dharmadhikari while addressing a programme organised here at Bal Niketan Sangh in memory of the late Moreshwar Vaman Moghe, popularly known as ‘Dada Saheb’ today.
Justice Dharmadhikari said that students should learn from Dada Saheb’s life that age never comes in the way of one’s resolve to serve society. He said that Bal Niketan Sangh has preserved the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave and had passed it on to the younger generation. Justice Dharmadhikari said every student should know the tenets of all religions.
MP Sumitra Mahajan, who was the special guest, observed that Dada Saheb was among those rare men who whole-heartedly supported the initiatives taken by his wife Shalini Tai for child education. Recalling that her sons also studied in Bal Niketan, Mahajan said that despite being a strict disciplinarian, Dada Saheb was very popular among children. Children attending Bal Niketan always score high in terms of values and virtues, she said.
The guests unveiled a portrait of Dada Saheb and released a souvenir compiled in his memory. Ecologist and Bal Niketan ex-student Rakesh Trivedi shared his memories of the late Dada Saheb with the audience. DAVV former Vice Chancellor Prof A A Abbasi said that Dada Saheb always thought about and discussed ways to provide a better education to children and never indulged in political or casual talk.
The programme began with an inter-religious prayer by the school students. Tribal students from Bal Niketan, Jobat presented two of Dada Saheb’s favourite bhajans. Mahendra Mahajan introduced the guests and Sangh president Babulal Patodi welcomed them. Patodi delivered the welcome address. Anand Mohan Mathur presided over the programme. Shalini ‘Tai’ Moghe and veteran journalist Jawaharlal Rathore were also present. Mukund Kulkarni conducted the programme while Meena Phadke proposed the vote of thanks.