Faith factor: NRIs pitch in with funds
The people of Punjab have always great expectations from non-resident Indians (NRIs) and NRIs have played a significant role at different platforms. But the major factor is that all NRIs spend their money with an ideology and faith.punjab Updated: Jan 01, 2016 14:08 IST
The people of Punjab have always great expectations from non-resident Indians (NRIs) and NRIs have played a significant role at different platforms. But the major factor is that all NRIs spend their money with an ideology and faith.
The mission of Jaswant Singh, NRI, from the US, is to spread knowledge and he had given a remarkable library to Jurahana village with 4,500 books on literature in 2010. The faith in Sikhism encouraged Charanjit Singh who gave Rs 60 lakh to Kailey village for the gurdwara. It is said that sixth Guru Hargobind once visited here and it has been built in the memory of sixth guru.
BHAGWANTI YADGAR PUBLIC LIBRARY, JURAHAN
Jaswant Singh was running a mobile library in six villages of Ludhiana district. The bus reached on time at every village; people got books on `10 membership. In 2010. Jaswant Singh decided to build a library at his native Jurahan village. The blueprint was designed from England and a library was built with adequate infrastructure on his ancestors’ land. He invested near about Rs 25 lakh on the library which is situated on a very calm place. The library has 4,500 books on literature, science, history and children literature. Jaswant Singh, 84, on telephonic conversation form the US said, “Shabd guru hai, if we don’t learn reading, we cannot get knowledge. Reading is very important and our rural children should read books.”
“I taught in many countries. Every village may not have religious place, they have at least one library in the village. Libraries are the pillar of democracy in democratic countries” Singh added.
Saudagar Singh, member of Anant Memorial Charitable Trust which runs Bhagwanti Yadgar Public Library, Jurahan, said, “Seven to eight visitors daily come here to read books and newspapers. Usually men and women from other villages also issued books for one week.”
“The trust has a five and a half acre land of Jaswant Singh and the income of this land have been used for such works,”said Harish, retired teacher.
GURDWARA CHHEVI PATSHAHI
Gurdwara Chhevi Patshahi, Kailey village is near about 30-kilometer from Ludhiana. Charanjit Singh,55, NRI, spent approximately Rs 60 lakh on the gurdwara which has a historical importance. It is said that sixth Guru Hargobind once visited here. The people of the village have established the gurdwara with the economic contribution of Charanjit Singh. Gurpreet Singh Gora, president of gurdwara committee, said, “Charanjit is a very religious man and has spent near about Rs 60 lakh on the gurdwara. Usually he comes every year and spends four months in the village but he could not make it this year.” Manjit Singh, nambardar, said, “Initially he helped after that people of the village collected money and we established gurdwara in the memory of Guru Hargobind Sahib.” Raj Singh, kin of Charanjit Singh, said, “My maternal uncle is gursikh and he lives in Canada. He spent this amount due to his faith in Sikhism.”
First Published: Jan 01, 2016 14:06 IST