Report of 4th Lakshmanrao Bhide Memorial Lecture

Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra (Centre for International Studies) organized the 4th Lakshmanrao Bhide Memorial Lecture on Friday 15th January 2010 at the Alkesh Dinesh Mody Auditorium in Kalina Campus, Vidyanagari, Mumbai.

The function was presided over by Shri Ashok Goel, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Essel Propack Ltd and also Chairman of Uttan Vividh Laksheee Shikshan Sanstha of Keshavsrushti.

Shri K. Sital, social worker, industrialist and publisher of Hong Kong was the Chief Guest who received the Bharatvanshi Samaj Bhushan Puraskar from VAK for his distinguished leadership & outstanding services in the areas of publishing, networking, social justice, trade and promoting social coexistence and harmony among the People of Indian Origin spread across the whole world.

Shri Dattatreya Hosabale, Sahsarkaryavah of RSS delivered the memorial lecture on the topic - 'Facebook generation's face-off with global challenges'

Ms Mamata Vora did a fine job by effectively conducting the entire program as the MC.

Shri Sanjay Kelapure, President of the VAK welcomed the gathering and introduced VAK and its various activities. He also presented bouquets to the dignitaries on stage.

Dr. Satish Modh, founder member of VAK, introduced Late Lakshmanrao Bhide to the audience as a remarkable pracharak of the RSS who worked silently for over five decades building a network of workers around the world. Narrating a personal anecdote he informed that the energizing words of Bhide ji "Look within you and build your potential" - was like a mantra that changed his professional profile. He went on pursuing academics which made him take Ph D in management and complete law after completing Masters in Engineering all due to Shri Bhide ji's motivation.

Shri Ashok Goel in his address informed that Shri Lakshmanrao Bhide had expressed the concerns of People of Indian Origin (PIO) and had wanted Mumbai to commence a school where the children of these PIOs could develop with 'global minds in Indian Soul' and be nourished with values of Indian culture. Uttan Vividh Laksheee Shikshan Sanstha of Keshavsrushti came into existence due to Bhide ji's motivation and far sightedness he said. The Ram Ratna Vidya Mandir is committed to fulfill the aspirations of Late Lakshmanrao Bhide he remarked.

Shri Ratan Sharda, the founder General Secretary of the VAK, introduced Shri K. Sital the Chief Guest. He informed how Shri Sital had developed skills from the shakha that he attended in Karachi in his childhood and fine-tuned them and transformed himself into a successful businessman and a committed social worker. He listed the various achievements of Shri Sital.

After the introduction of Shri Sital, the Chief Guest was given the Bharatvanshi Samaj Bhushan Puraskar by VAK. Shri Dattatreya Hosabale presented the plaque and memento; Shri Narasimhan, coordinator of 4th LBML, handed over a cheque of Rs One Lakh and Shri Ashok Goel presented Shri Sital with a shawl.

When Shri Sital took over the mike the first thing he said was that he was overwhelmed with the honor and warm applause which he got from the audience. He had wanted to speak a lot of things but was made speechless due to the warm and emotional reception. He informed that he perceived Shri Bhide ji more as a saint than a mere RSS worker.

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