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The essence of Mr.Shantilal Muttha is that he turned the adverse circumstances into strength to lead a meaningful life. This is the success story of a man who tried to give back to society in the most …

The essence of Mr.Shantilal Muttha is that he turned the adverse circumstances into strength to lead a meaningful life. This is the success story of a man who tried to give back to society in the most humble way by taking up the social causes that changed the society.

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  • 1. 1- A Photo JourneyBJSA Photo JourneyIdeation: Dr. Parag Mankeekar
  • 2. 2Mass MarriageManaging EditorsJagdish PatilDilip ShindeExecutive EditorKishori GadreEditor-in-chiefManjiri KhandekarCopy EditorHuned ContractorDesignChakra Advertisingsunil@chakraonline.comContent CoordinationManjiri BhaleraoAdministrationAnuradha KaleMarketing & DistributionMediaNeeticontact@medianeeti.comFor Advertising: contact@medianeeti.comEditorial Office:Heritage India Communications Pvt. Ltd.B/3 Devi Chambers, 23/5 Bund Garden Road,Pune 411 001, Maharashtra, India.Email - tourism@heritage-india.comPublished by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. Compiled andPrinted on behalf of MTDC by Heritage India Communications Pvt. Ltd andprinted at Akruti, Parvati Industrial Estate, Pune 411 037 and published fromB/3 Devi Chambers, 23/5, Bund Garden Road, Pune 411 001.© Copyright: Heritage India Communications Pvt. Ltd.All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without prior written permissionof Heritage India Communications Pvt. Ltd. is strictly prohibited. The viewsexpressed by the authors are solely their own and the Publishers and Editormay not subscribe to the same. Readers are recommended to make appropriateenquiries before entering into any commitment in relation to any advertisementappearing in this publication. MTDC and Heritage India Communications Pvt. not vouch for any claims made by advertisers. The publisher and printer shallnot be held liable if claims made by advertisers are not honoured. Editorial andAdministrative Office: 020-65003251 / 30285058
  • 3. 3- A Photo JourneyDedicated to
  • 4. 4Mass MarriagePreface
  • 5. 5- A Photo JourneyForward
  • 6. 6Mass Marriage
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  • 8. 8Mass Marriage
  • 9. 9- A Photo JourneyBJSA Photo JourneyIdeation: Dr. Parag Mankeekar
  • 10. 10Mass MarriageThe idea of mass marriageand meets of prospectivebrides and grooms waseasy to discuss difficult toimplement. A lot of hardwork went into convincingpeople to accept the thought.Proper planning andeffective communicationhelped generating goodresponse for the first massmarriage ceremony held atSakal Nagar in Pune whereShantilal Muttha also got hisniece married. Thus settingan example…
  • 11. 11- A Photo JourneyMaharashtra, with a population of about eight crore, wasspending a whopping Rs 12 crore on wedding ceremoniesever year. Enormous expenditure and increasing demandsfor dowry had become a serious issue that plaguedthe country in the 80s. Curbing waster by cutting theunnecessary expenditure was the only answer.BJS came up with the pioneering idea of mass marriages.After facing great difficulties in convincing the massesand bring about a change in the existing system withouthurting people’s religious sentiments, the BJS succeeded inconverting the idea into a revolution.The first such meet held at Tilak Smarak Mandir in 1986was followed by three similar events in the following threemonths leading to 51 marriages. Today, after 25 years, thisrevolution has spread across the country, covering peoplebelonging to different religions, classes and communities…Mass MarriageWeddings with a difference…
  • 12. 12Mass MarriageThe trend of exorbitant expenditure and display of wealth during wedding ceremonies promptedBJS to create awareness amongst the masses to curb this kind of wastage. This gave birth to theunique concept of padyatra in the 80’s. A highly effective concept used for mass movement by noneother than the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, padayatras have been successful in bringingabout revolutionary changes all the over the world. Reformist spreading a message on foot havesucceeded in changing the world over. Padayatra served as an effective tool to convince the Indianpopulation towards accepting the trend setting concept of mass marriages.Adding another feather to the BJS cap an overwhelming participation of 625 couples in the massmarriage ceremony held at the SP college ground took the concept all the over the country. Amassive platform was erected to sit 625 couples making it biggest such ceremony in Indian history.
  • 13. 13- A Photo Journey
  • 14. 14Mass MarriageMeticulous planning and due importance given tominutest of the details made the every mass marriagememorable for couples who tied the nuptial knot
  • 15. 15- A Photo JourneyHistory was created when a mammoth crowd turned out to witness the massmarriage ceremony. Besides the relatives and family members of the couplesthe ceremony had many “guests” who came uninvited to be a part of this trendsetting exercise.
  • 16. 16Mass MarriageMeasuring ….. the platform erected for the massmarriage ceremony accommodated 625 brides, 625grooms and an equal number of escorts as the inviteeswho came in thousands showered blessing on the newlymarried couples
  • 17. 17- A Photo JourneyThe response was so overwhelming thateven the grooms had to line up in a queue tobe escorted on to the dais
  • 18. 18Mass MarriageThe first such experiment very soon became a mass movement fastspreading all over the country with couples from different communities,casts, creeds including the rich and the poor took pride in being a partof the trend
  • 19. 19- A Photo JourneyAfter the successful conduct of the first few mass marriage ceremonies, it was necessary to spread the message andinvolve as many people as possible. Consequently a padayatra took off on January 7, 1989 covering as many areasas possible and reaching out to the masses.The declining gender ratio and the need to simplify the search for the perfect match, were the features that got addedthrough discussions and interactions with people as the padayatra moved on
  • 20. 20Mass Marriage
  • 21. 21- A Photo JourneyFrom villages to villages, localities to localities,Shantilal Muttha went on a padyatraaccompanied by prominent personalities fromthe society and thousands of volunteers
  • 22. 22Mass MarriageStarting from Pune, the rally went pastTaelgaon Dhamdhere, Shirur, Supa,Ahmednagar, Jamkhed, Patoda, Beed,Gevrai, Jalna, Aurangabad, Sillod, Jalgaon,Devalgaon Raja, Nuldhana, Dhule,Khamgaon, Manmad, Kopargaon, Shirdi,Rahata, Babbhleshwar, Loni, Sangamner,Narayangaon, Junnar, Manchar, Khed andChakan returning finally to Pune
  • 23. 23- A Photo JourneyThe padyatra was the third largest such eventin the country after independence. The othertwo included the one taken out by Sunil Duttin Punjab and eh another Chandrashekhar.Covering an average of 32 kilometres on footevery day, the padayatra comprised three tofour meetings and long speeches addressingmembers of different communities enroute
  • 24. 24Mass Marriage
  • 25. 25- A Photo JourneyBesides enthusiastic volunteers, the campaign wassuccessful in generating overwhelming supportfrom the media which took the information and theconcept to thousands
  • 26. 26Mass Marriage
  • 27. 27- A Photo JourneyParticipants of padayatra wererich in experience and equippedwith information that promptedthem to take up serious issues likedeclining sex ratio and match-making. Issues that were seriousenough to impact the society forseveral forthcoming years
  • 28. 28Mass MarriageIn olden days, elders of the family used to search suitable matches fortheir children.. They had sufficient time to serve the society. In the modernscenario, even parents do not have time enough for their children. Decliningsex ratio, girls being pore educated as compared to boys and girls preferringboys settled in cities happen to be factors creating an unbalanced. Highereducation and changing lifestyle hav changes attitude also. Despite ofincreased means of communication, decision-making is not easy, on thecontrary increased expectation and choices have made the task more difficult.
  • 29. 29- A Photo JourneyChoosing the right life partner is thus becomedifficult. Selection of a suitable and appropriatemarriage partner becomes one of the importantdecisions of adult life. To facilitate parents andyounger generation in finding their dream match,Yuvak Yuvati Parichay Sammelans were organisedby BJS.
  • 30. 30Mass MarriageBlends in traditional advantages like authenticity andtrust, larger community help line and a comprehensive,cross-checked and authenticated database, suchsammelans provided a ready-made platform forprospective brides and grooms. Separate sammelanswere also organised for widows, handicappedindividuals and divorcees
  • 31. 31- A Photo JourneyThe idea has caught up on a large scale and suchsammelans are now being organised all over thecountry, across religions, communities and classes
  • 32. 32Shanti YatraShantiyatra, as the namesuggests, was organisedfrom Pune to Nagpurto bring about peaceand harmony after thecommunal riots which brokeout in the country followingdemolition of the Babrimasjid2 The peace march wasorganised when a nation-wide curfew was imposed toensure peace in the country
  • 33. 33- A Photo JourneyBJS happens to be the only social organisation of the country to be ableto bring together leaders of the Hindu, Muslim and Jain communitiesalong with, high court justice and various social workers on a commondais, thus bringing changing the thought process of the masses,presenting an independent way to face dangers in adverse conditions…Demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 led to communal riots followedby a curfew imposed all over the country. While tensions prevailedthroughout the nation, BJS decided to spread the messages of non-violence preached by lord Mahaveera. After a lot of convincing of thepoliceforpermission,agroupofvolunteerssetoutonarallyfromPunetoNagpur, conduced to spread peace and harmony within the society. Thepeace march was led by prominent personalities from different religionslike Jain Acharya Sushil Muni, Hindu Swami Chidanandji, MuslimMaulana Vahiduddin Khan, Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari,social reformer Anna Hazare,, Padmabhushan Govindbhai Shroff andNirmalaben Gandhi of Wardha, went along route calling on people tomaintain peace and harmony. All this was planned with proper trainingof participants on what to say and what not to say during the rally.Shanti YatraMarching towards peace and harmony…
  • 34. 34Shanti YatraUnderstanding the urge to convey the message and convince the society about peace and harmony,even school children stepped out to participate in the rally
  • 35. 35- A Photo JourneyBJS was the first organisation in the country whichmanaged to bring together leaders of different religionsand prominent social reformers on a common dais toappeal for maintenance of peace. The rally covered adistance of 1000 kilometres spreading the message ofnon-violence and communal harmony
  • 36. 36Shanti YatraThe activity was covered by the media on a large scale,thus taking the message to the masses
  • 37. 37- A Photo JourneyEvoking enthusiastic responses from the masses, therally had a large number of participants joining in as itpassed through various parts of the state
  • 38. 38Shanti YatraAs a part of the campaign, meetings wereorgansied enroute to address the gatheringand convince them towards avoidingparticipation in riots and other destructiveactivities. The rally inspired the local leadersto create a culture of peace and harmony inthe society even as the rally moved on
  • 39. 39- A Photo Journey
  • 40. 40Shanti Yatraxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx On the way to Nagpur, the rally and its participants also stopped at temples, shrines, durgahs, gurudwaras topay respect. This helped strike the right chord as professed by Shantilal Muttha who continued to serve the societyirrespective of communal barriers
  • 41. 41- A Photo JourneyThe conclusion of the rally at Nagpur after ….days was not an end ofyet another social activity by BJS. It actually was a new beginningwhich aimed at bringing all communities together. The tradition of BJSchipping in at the right place at the right time continued as usual
  • 42. 42Plastic SurgeryInfants born in India withfacial deformities like cleftlips, cleft palate, squinteyes and ugly scars. Hadnowhere to go. Plasticsurgery which was the onlyanswer to such problemswas out of reach for theIndian population. Firstlybecause plastic surgeonswere not available in therural settings and thosein the urban hospitals arewould charge exorbitantly.BJS extended a helpinghand. By taking cosmeticsurgery to rural India. Freesurgery camps started beingorganised at places whichhad not even heard of suchtreatment.
  • 43. 43- A Photo JourneyAbsence of plastic surgeons and the prohibitive costs ofsuch surgeries were forcing a large number of children toface hardships in the country. Facial deformities like clef lipand scars were depriving some newly born children frombreast-feeding.With the help of a socially conscious American plasticsurgeon like Dr Sharadkumar Diksheet, the BJS conductedfree plastic surgery camps all over the country. Dr Diksheetalong with a team of experts used to spend more than sixmonths in India every year, performing surgeries for poorpatients.Today, the practice continues even after the sad demise ofDr Diksheet after bringing smiles to the faces of more than1.75 lakh deprived patients.Plastic SurgeryChanging the ‘face’ of hardships…
  • 44. 44Plastic SurgeryA fairly common occurrence in India, facialdeformities had to be corrected in the childhood.If left untreated they did not only leave the entirefamily of the patient in a depressed state of lifebut also resulted in overall health impairmentand other day to day problems leading toquality life.
  • 45. 45- A Photo JourneyGirls were the worst sufferers because a cleftlip would mean a major problem in getting hermarried
  • 46. 46Plastic Surgery19 Associating with eminent doctors like Dr.Sancheti and Dr. Dicksheet along with socialleaders like Mohan Dharia, Shantilal Mutthareached out to patients with facial deformitiesin remote rural areas to provide the facility outto poorest of the poor patients. BJS organizedmore than 20 camps per year for the last 20years benefitting more than 2,86,000 patients
  • 47. 47- A Photo JourneyAn introduction to the internationallyacclaimed plastic surgeon resulted intoa long lasting relationship between Dr.Dicksheet and Shantilal Muttha
  • 48. 48Plastic SurgeryThe solution came in the form of freeplastic surgery camps organised by BJSin association with Dr. SharadkumarDicksheet USA based Indian surgeon andPadmabhushan Dr. K H Sancheti
  • 49. 49- A Photo JourneyThese camps also attended to patients with squint eyes. Another major healthand social issue which remained unanswered for a long time
  • 50. 50Plastic SurgeryEvery camp evoked an overwhelming response as patients lined up inlarge numbers for the treatment. Every surgery was well planned andfollowed by repeated surgeries if required, thus testing the patience ofboth, the patient and the organisers
  • 51. 51- A Photo Journey
  • 52. 52Plastic SurgeryMaking optimum use of the medical facilities andservices offered by the surgeons, the BJS campswould perform as many surgeries as possiblewithin a specified period. However, the patientscontinued to receive post-operative care in andafter the team moved to another location
  • 53. 53- A Photo Journeyeven after the sad demise of Dr. Dicksheet in 2011the BJS continues to provide this humanitarianservice
  • 54. 54Mulyavardhanxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • 55. 55- A Photo JourneyOn one side, the country is advancing with changing significance of educationand growing communication facilities. On the other, a large section of thepopulation is suffering from the harmful effects of these changes.Polluted college atmosphere; bad influence of television and the media; risingimmorality and crime, the list is unending. In order to protect them from allthis, girls cannot be stopped from going to college or banned from makingfriends. That was not the solution. Meanwhile, it was also important for parentsto interact with their daughters in the right possible manner.How do we equip young girls to face and overcome problems and save themfrom ill-effects of such undesirable aspects?After detailed study and deep research, the BJS came up with a 32-hourcertification course for unmarried girls. The course was titled, ‘Empowermentof Girls to face the Social Challenges of the 21st century’.Over the years, the course has succeeded in bringing about enormous changesin the lives and living patterns of innumerous girls.EmpowermentStrengthening the girl-child
  • 56. 56Mulyavardhan
  • 57. 57- A Photo JourneyThe trend of exorbitant expenditure and display ofwealth during wedding ceremonies prompted BJSto create awareness amongst the masses to curb thiskind of wastage. This gave birth to the unique conceptof padyatra in the 80’s. A highly effective concept usedfor mass movement by none other than the father ofthe nation Mahatma Gandhi, padayatras have beensuccessful in bringing about revolutionary changesall the over the world. Reformist spreading a messageon foot have succeeded in changing the world over.Padayatra served as an effective tool to convince theIndian population towards accepting the trend settingconcept of mass marriages.Adding another feather to the BJS cap an overwhelmingparticipation of 625 couples in the mass marriageceremony held at the SP college ground took the concept
  • 58. 58MulyavardhanThe response was so overwhelming thateven the grooms had to line up in a queue tobe escorted on to the dais
  • 59. 59- A Photo Journey
  • 60. 60MulyavardhanThe first such experiment very soon becamea mass movement fast spreading all over thecountry with couples from different communities,casts, creeds including the rich and the poor tookpride in being a part of the trend
  • 61. 61- A Photo Journey
  • 62. 62MulyavardhanThe first such experiment very soon became a mass movement fastspreading all over the country with couples from different communities,casts, creeds including the rich and the poor took pride in being a partof the trend
  • 63. 63- A Photo Journey
  • 64. 64Mulyavardhan
  • 65. 65- A Photo JourneyThe first such experiment very soon becamea mass movement fast spreading all over thecountry with couples from different communities,casts, creeds including the rich and the poor tookpride in being a part of the trend
  • 66. 66MulyavardhanThe first such experiment very soon becamea mass movement fast spreading all over thecountry with couples from different communities,casts, creeds including the rich and the poor tookpride in being a part of the trend
  • 67. 67- A Photo Journey
  • 68. 68Latur EarthquakeWhile success stories ofrescue and rehabilitationafter natural disastersgenerally talk aboutprovision of food, clothes,medicines, utensils, shelterand short term psychologicalsupport, the BJS story ofrescue and rehabilitation forLatur earthquake 1993 tellsa different story altogether.It is a story of a promisingfuture. Future of theyoung generation. Younggeneration which meant thefuture of the society.It is a story which took adifferent turn midway.Turning towards a brightfuture. A bright future forthose who were headingtowards darkness.
  • 69. 69- A Photo JourneyHuge amount of social work and related activitiesbetween 1985 and 1993 has helped build a strongnetwork of volunteers and resources in all parts of thecountry. The thought of channelising this network andresources towards further betterment of the societycame to Shantilal Muttha’s mind when the earth shook,devastating Latur and Osmanabad in 1993.Jumping into disaster management for the first time, theBJS did some revolutionary work providing relief in theform of food and medicine to the quake-affected.The calamity also marked the beginning of new chapterin the field of disaster management in India. The uniqueprogramme of adopting disaster-affected children foreducational rehabilitation, was born out of the need feltwhile working for them in Latur. The landmark projectemerged as a big facilitating factor for every disaster thatoccurred in the country thereafter.LaturShaping ‘shaken’ lives…
  • 70. 70Latur EarthquakeThe future appeared to be in darkness for thousands of childrenwho had lost their houses and parents in the Latur and Osmanabadearthquakes. While food, clothes, medicine and utensils were distributedas part of the relief operations, the BJS decided to focus on securing andsafeguarding the future of the young generation. This thought came toShantilal Muttha’s mind when he saw children running after vehiclesbringing in rescue material and devastated school buildings which werebeyond repair. In absence of schools which could keep them occupied,these children were heading towards another disaster. A disaster of life!The solution was difficult but there was no alternative.
  • 71. 71- A Photo JourneySelected by the BJS for the unique and ambitious rehabilitationprogramme children eagerly awaited the arrival of a bus to Puneleaving behind memories of their devastated homes. These childrenwere selected from nine villages adopted by BJS. Although 300 girlswere ready to join, BJS reluctantly decided otherwise
  • 72. 72Latur EarthquakeParents came in large numbers to bid a goodbye to their children beforethey boarded buses on their way to Pune. A fleet of 25 buses left Latur on theauspicious day of Dasera after being flagged of by none other than the thenchief minister of Maharashtra Sharad Pawar and governer P C AlexanderBuses full of children left the earthquake struck villagesmarking the beginning of a new journey. A journeytowards educational rehabilitation
  • 73. 73- A Photo JourneyDisturbedbythedevastation,childrenofLaturandOsmanabadwereconfidentabout their future as they left their homeplace moving towards a bright future
  • 74. 74Latur EarthquakeThe children were received in Pune with greatappreciation as they took a step ahead. Pune, theOxford of the east, was beginning a new chapterin the field of education
  • 75. 75- A Photo JourneyA school building providedby the Pimpri-ChinchwadMunicipal Corporationserved as a home forthe quake-affectedchildren before they couldmove to a permanentrehabilitation centre
  • 76. 76Latur EarthquakeThe rehabilitation programme took off with great support fromthe politicians as well as local administration. Senior leaders likeChandrashekhar personally inspected the arrangements for thechildren and appreciated them
  • 77. 77- A Photo JourneyOn the inaugural day, the students at the school had an opportunity to interact with veterans like Shivraj PatilWith smiles writ large on their faces, the children shook hands with guests including senior bureaucrats DineshAfzalpurkar
  • 78. 78Latur EarthquakeIntroducing a unique concept for rational distributionof food grains and other relief material, BJS distributedration cards to the flood affected families, thus reachingout to a large number of victimsVisits by role models like former chief election commissioner T N Sheshan inspiredthe quake affected children as he appreciated them for their academic achievementsEager to know more about the unique programme academicians from the city frequented the rescue andrehabilitation project
  • 79. 79- A Photo JourneyThe Wagholi Educational Research Centre cameas fast as possible. It was built by the world bankon 10 acres of land owned by BJSEquipped with all requisite facilities, the WagholiEducational Rescue Centre, which was designedto meet the needs of the quake affected children,thereafter served as a permanent facility forsimilar projects
  • 80. 80Latur EarthquakeWith Manohar Joshi, the then chief minister ofMaharashtra as the chief guest, the inauguralceremony of the WERC on November 29, 1998,marked the beginning of a new era in the fieldof rehabilitation of disaster-affected childrenStalwarts like Narayan Rane, Manohar Joshiand Sureshdada Jain commended the effortsof the BJS in ensuring better future for thebeneficieries of WERCStrong supporters of BJS like Deepchand Gardi,Mafatlal Mehta and Sukhlalji Bora graced theinaugural ceremony of WERC
  • 81. 81- A Photo JourneyMoving into a new premise was a matter ofgreat joy for the quake-affected children. Thisplace was going to serve as their home andschool till they graduatedAll requisite educational facilities along withthose for sports and recreation ensure overalldevelopment of the children residing at WERC
  • 82. 82Latur Earthquake
  • 83. 83- A Photo Journeyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • 84. 84Latur EarthquakeActor Sanjay Dutt was one of the many who camedown to the WERC to boost the morale
  • 85. 85- A Photo Journey
  • 86. 86Latur EarthquakeWERC today:Modern educational facilities provided at the WERCincluded those for education in information technologyTeachers and staff at the WERC also encouraged extra-curricular activities like dance and musicWell-equipped laboratories ensured completefacilitation for academic excellenceModern scientific equipment available in thelaboratories made learning easy and enjoyable for thestudentsBeneficiaries becomebenefiters. During their stayat WERC students affectedin various disasters assist inthe work being undertakenfor provision of relief to otherdisaster victims. Besideshelping prepare food packetsfor disaster victims in thevicinity, they also traveled asfar as Gujarat to rebuild theschools there
  • 87. 87- A Photo JourneyEnjoying every passing day at the WERC thequake affected children from Latur inched towardsrehabilitation which was full of knowledge andenjoyment. Today majority of them have resettledin life after graduating from WERC. For many ofthem the experience was not just of rehabilitation.It was like rebirth.Besides life skills, education, vocational trainingand ability to face difficulties, they added one moreimportant aspect to their lives. A strong support, aguiding spirit and an inspiring personality in theform of Shantilal Muttha who was ‘Bhau’ (elderbrother) for them and many others.
  • 88. 88Gujarat Earthquake
  • 89. 89- A Photo JourneyThe most devastating disaster in India’s history ofnatural calamities was witnessed in Gujarat leadingto a loss amounting to almost ten times than that ofMaharashtra. Going in for immediate reconstructionand restoration of school buildings, the BJS broughtin a unique novelty of pre-fabricated structures thatcould be erected fast and could be re-used if requiredin forthcoming disasters.More importantly, the constructive work done inGujarat had the quake-affected children from Laturworking as volunteers. Victims became rescuers as368 schools were constructed to house 1.20 lakhstudents, thus ensuring a bright future for them.Gujarat EarthquakePreventing academic loss…
  • 90. 90Gujarat EarthquakeIndia’s Republic Day will long be remembered as a day of sorrow, as the countryreverberated to the worst earthquake in its history measuring 7.6 in the Richter scale.
  • 91. 91- A Photo JourneyThe northern province of Gujarat was a scene ofdevastation as the city of Bhuj turned into rubblewith hardly a building left standing and thousandsrendered homelessBusinesses were ruined; infrastructure torn apart and basic services were rendered non-existent.The physical damage was apparent but the human cost unimaginable with tens of thousandsof people killed and injured. About 7633 villages in 21 districts of Gujarat bore the impact of theearthquake affecting major parts of Kuchchh, Surendranagar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Patan andAhmedabad
  • 92. 92Gujarat EarthquakeThe devastation was so high that a whopping 2,33,660 houses were raised to ground while 9,71,538 were partiallydamagedThe quake destroyed 75 percent of Kutch damaging houses, offices, school and even temples
  • 93. 93- A Photo JourneyThe devastation was so high that a whopping 2,33,660houses were raised to ground while 9,71,538 werepartially damagedDonations in the form of truckloads of food, water, clothing, milk powder andeven footwear reached the BJS camp which was set up at Bachchau on the 3rdday of the disasterFor the first 15 days BJS volunteers cooked anddistributed food to the disaster victims through thiscampBJS sent a group of medical practitioners, generalsurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, etc to Vaswad fromPune
  • 94. 94Gujarat EarthquakeArmed with equipment and medicines these doctorsstarted work with great zealTreatment did not stop for want of modern medicalfacilities or equipped hospitals. All kind of medical aidwas made available at the site of destructionWhile teams of doctors continued providingmedical aid, they also reassured the patients.Meanwhile, BJS organized blood donation campsin Pune in order to provide the requisite amountof blood to expedite surgical treatmentsMedical assistance was being provided through the twofunctional hospitals in Vaswad, a village near Rajkot
  • 95. 95- A Photo JourneyBesides residentialstructures and officebuildings, school buildingsin Andaman & Nicobarwere completely destroyedfollowing Tsunami hittingthe islandsBesides providing food, clothes and medical aid,volunteers of the BJS also helped the local residents inconducting funerals of those who had lost their lives inthe disaster. In absence of firewood, they used woodenparts of the collapsed structuresShantilal Muttha personally camped at the site of disaster for six months to guide and supervise the rescue and reliefoperations in GujaratVehicles carrying relief material were sent from Puneto Gujarat with all requisite material that would berequired at BJS camp. Donations in the form of foodgrain, clothes and different kinds of relief materialcame in from all parts of the country
  • 96. 96Gujarat EarthquakeIAS officer, Praveen Pardeshi who had personally seen the BJSoperations at Latur was among the government officials who visited theearthquake hit areas of Gujarat to check out the reliefAt the very forefront of the relief activity were the students who had suffered from the impact ofan earthquake in Latur and Osmanabad. A team of students that was being rehabilitated at theWERC in Pune actively participated in the relief operations
  • 97. 97- A Photo JourneySunil Dutt, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairsand a long time friend of Shantilal Muttha visited theBJS camp. Being taken around by Shantilal Muttha,Sunil Dutt personally inspected the rescue and reliefoperations and boosted the morale of the volunteers.Quake victims gathered in large numbers as the actorjoined to distribute food and other relief material at onof the BJS camps
  • 98. 98Gujarat EarthquakeSharad Pawar, Dr Mohan Agashe and Sureshdada Jain were among the prominent personalities who came downto BJS camp to understand the relief and rehabilitation approachAfter providing cooked food for 15 initial days, the BJSstarted distributing food grains after issuing rationcards to the quake victims in order to maintain properrecord and to ensure equal and justified distributionOfficers of the Indian Army, who were summonedto assist in the relief operations, also visited theBJS camp and appreciated the job being doneSenior leaders like Vilasrao Deshmukh took personal interest in the rescue and rehabilitation activities
  • 99. 99- A Photo JourneySharad Pawar, vice chairman of natural disaster committee of Govt. of India, visited the BJS camp to take a look atthe rescue and relief operationsMinisters like Sharad Pawar and Sureshdada Jain did not only inspect the rescue operations but also savoured thetaste of food being provided to the quake victimsAt the BJS camp, Sharad Pawar went intodetails of the entire relief operations and madevaluable suggestions and assured help from thegovernment
  • 100. 100Gujarat EarthquakeRelief camps set up in the earthquake affected areas ofGujarat had visitors like industrialist Madhur Bajaj.He discussed in detail the plans for ensuring properrehabilitation of the disaster affected
  • 101. 101- A Photo JourneyPlans and proposals for assistance being provided to the disaster affected residents of Gujarat also had veteransocial reformers like Anna Hazare making valuable suggestions
  • 102. 102Gujarat EarthquakeExperts frominternationalorganizations likeUNICEF, WorldBank, WHO, RedCross, Oxfam werecurious about therelief work at BJScampVijay Darda CMD, Lokmat Newspapers Group, visited the rehabilitation camp to take a look at the work being doneby BJSVeteran journalist Rajeev Sabade from the Sakal Media Group gathered information about the rescue and reliefoperations at Gujarat
  • 103. 103- A Photo JourneyGeneration of informative data helped in properplanning of the rescue and relief operationsA survey was conducted by the BJS volunteers to measure the amount of destruction to residential structures and to assess the requirements of the affectedMeetings were held with the local population and authorities for an overall assumption of losses sustained by the villagers
  • 104. 104Gujarat EarthquakeSchool buildings in Gujarat were destroyed to such anextent that they would not have restarted impartingeducation for more than a year, if it was not for theBJS to interveneGeneration of informative data helped in properplanning of the rescue and relief operationsNot being on the list of priority, school buildings wouldhave taken a long to reconstruct thus resulting into along gap in the academic career of the studentsMost of the schools weredamaged beyond repair
  • 105. 105- A Photo JourneyThough some school structure were still standing, the tremours had rendered them completely unsafe for thestudents to occupy for educationWith school buildings raised to ground, evenSaraswati, the deity of education, eagerly awaitedthe return of the students. After assessing the damageMuttha decided that while other agencies carried outnormal rescue and relief he would based on his Laturexperience go in for the immediate reconstruction andrestarting of 50 schools, so that the education of thechildren did not sufferWith the missing roof and collapsed walls, emptyclassrooms told a sad story of the disaster 54 Academicfuture of all the disaster struck districts of Gujarat wasin danger and was on the verge of collapsing like thecrumbling walls of the school buildings
  • 106. 106Gujarat EarthquakeWhile rescue and relief operations continued on a war-footing, temporary school started functioning in tents to avoid academic loss since the annual examinations were just round the corner. Formal education was imparted ininformal set ups like these temporary sheds created in open grounds
  • 107. 107- A Photo JourneyMore and more children were encouraged to come back to school though school buildings continuedto remain in devastated stages. Keeping aside the sorrow of having lost their near and dear ones in thecalamity, children returned to schools in large numbers
  • 108. 108Gujarat Earthquake
  • 109. 109- A Photo JourneyIn a symbolic move the Samkhiyali School constructed by BJS volunteers was inaugurated on the 13th day after theearthquake. As per Hindu custom, a tragedy is generally followed by a ceremony on the 13th day, to mark the ‘endof grief period’ and signaling the restart of normal life. In the same manner the inauguration of the school on the13th day was to convey the need for getting back with life and putting the tragic past behind
  • 110. 110Gujarat EarthquakeWell known Ahmedabad-based architect B V Joshi, Keshav Desai from Pune and Shirish Barve fromJalgaon were consulted on the specific design and use of material for the schools.The school structures were designed in a manner that would make them earthquake resistant, light weightand fast to erectThe proposed design incorporated RCC plinth, aerocon sandwich panels for walls, pre-fabricated steeland polycarbonate corrugate sheets for the roof. Aerocon sandwich panels were made of two plain cementsheets on either sides of lightweight concrete core material with tongue-and-groove joining system. Theywere considered to be most ideal for internal and external applications, which are easy to erect, light inweight, strong and durable, water and termite proof and when used for external applications would last25 to 30 yearsConstruction of the school was completed despite the fact that labourers were not available for thework since many of them had migrated or disabled and were living off the relief supplies offered by thegovernment or NGOs. BJS had to send construction teams from Pune and MumbaiA formula called ‘formula 44’ was worked out, under which a team of 44 experts including civil engineers,electricians, supervisors, masons, carpenters and other skilled personnel were sent to Gujarat withassistance from the Promoters and Builders Association of Pune.
  • 111. 111- A Photo Journey
  • 112. 112Gujarat Earthquake
  • 113. 113- A Photo JourneyWithin 90 days, 368 such schools were constructed. The totalnumber of schools that were rebuilt was 614, with a total of1,468 rooms for 132339 students
  • 114. 114Gujarat EarthquakeSharad Pawar, who was also the vice chair-person ofthe National committee on Natural Disasters, visitedBachchau and spent nearly four hours with the BJSvolunteers going over the plans for the project. He wasso impressed by the work done by BJS that he offered adonation of Rs 50 lakh for the education rehabilitationworkAnandiben Patel, Education minister Gujarat inaugurated the first few schools. Quality education was guaranteedto 125,000 students who came back to school.
  • 115. 115- A Photo JourneyThe response was clearly visible in the form ofencouraging attendance, on the very first day.Books and accessories were distributed in theschool, which was constructed in such a way that itwouldlastforfiveto10years.Thisschoolhappenedto be the first school to have been constructed andbecome operational in such a short period.Thousands of children, who otherwise would have been forced to drop out ofschool, return back on track when school reconstructed by BJS opened theirdoors for the future generation of the country.
  • 116. 116Gujarat EarthquakeQuake resistant structures for schools were completed in a very short timepreventing academic loss for children and thus ensuring proper and fastrehabilitation of the future generation
  • 117. 117- A Photo Journey
  • 118. 118Gujarat EarthquakeFor the students from Latur, who had gone through a successfulrehabilitation programme at the WERC, working at the quake-struckvillages of Gujarat brought memories back to their mind. Memories of acatastrophe in which, they had lost their near and dear ones along withthe shelter that protected them
  • 119. 119- A Photo JourneyAlmost a decade later, thereconstruct school structures,continue to serve as source ofknowledge and information forthe future generation of Gujarat
  • 120. 120TsunamiThe waves destroyed almosteverything that came in theirway. Public and privateproperty got extensivelydamaged. Most of the houseswere destroyed beyondrepairs while a large numberof families were renderedhomeless without any shelterand a lot of people died whena massive earthquake withits epicenter close to theSumatra island of Indonesia,resulted in a the Tsunamidisaster which struck statesalong the Indian OceanDecember 26, 2004
  • 121. 121- A Photo JourneyAdverse climatic conditions, difficult terrains andmany such difficulties did not stop the BJS volunteersfrom building 11 schools along with 34 health centresand sub-centres when Tsunami hit the Andaman &Nicobar Islands. Not stopping at mere reconstructionof schools and hospital buildings, BJS assisted incompletely overhauling the education system onthe group of islands. Key-deliverables of the uniqueEDUQIP programme focused on important thrustarea of the education system. The entire operationswere a unique display of strategy, management,resources planning, execution and devotion.TsunamiReaching out to the unreachables
  • 122. 122TsunamiWithin hours the killer Tsunami waves thrashed intothe shoreline of 12 countries including India, Indonesia,Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar,Bangladesh, Andaman & Nicobar islands, Seychelles,Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya taking the life of morethan 229,850 peopleThe disastrous Tsunami, which hit the east coast of India, brought about a huge amount of damage to life, property and environment. Extensive damage was caused in Andaman& Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and PondicherryThe Tsunami uprooted routine lives and left a trail ofprofound human tragedy. The disaster imposed a hugeburden on the community, not only in physical termsbut also in the psychological trauma experiencedThe tsunami devastated coastal communities, killingthousands of people, the majority being fisher folkEverybody was taken by surprise, even before onecould understand what was happening, the second andmost devastating wave hit the coast
  • 123. 123- A Photo JourneyTheir world turned upside down in thegreat Indian Ocean tsunami. Years later,the fishing communities of southeastIndia are still struggling to rebuild theirlives...The waves destroyed houses, boats, fishing equipment, agriculturalland and salt pans, thereby wiping out many thousands of livelihoodsResidential building, office premises,schools and other structures collapsedin the area along the coastal linedevastating human life
  • 124. 124TsunamiThe devastating tsunami waves did not differentiatebetween the rich and the poor, the working or thebusiness class. Having lost their houses and belongingsin the spate, a large number of residents were forced totake shelter at relief campsResidents abandoned houses moving out withbelongings with a hope to find a safe shelter, food,clothes and medicineEverything that came into the ways of the giant wavesgot destroyed and demolished in Car NicobarAlthough this area had seen many cyclones but nobodyhad much idea about Tsunami waves. This was thelargest tsunami so far – in the region that hardlyexperienced even minor tsunamis earlierA team of volunteers from the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana led by Shantilal Muttha rushed to the tsunami hit areas immediately after receiving information about the disasterA detailed inspection and survey of the disaster hit area helped decided and finalise the action plan as far as rescueand relief operations were concerned
  • 125. 125- A Photo JourneyUsing the strong existing network of the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana, members of the local Jain community wereconvened for a meeting before deciding the plan of actionEvery part of the disaster hit area was covered in the primary survey livinglittlechanceforanyvillagealongthecoastallivingbeingdeprivedofassistanceAll surveys were done in association with the localauthorities and government officials in order tounderstand the situation better so that requisite reliefcould be organized20 Without waiting for plans and proposals to befinalised Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana volunteersstarted reaching out the victims with distribution ofbasic things of utility and food for survivalDiscussion with the members of victim families,mainly women, helped volunteers asses the amount ofdestruction and understand the immediate
  • 126. 126TsunamiDetails discussions were held in meetings with localauthorities to identify and finalise areas for theBharatiya Jain Sanghatana to contributeThe focus of the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana moved from Tamil Nadu to Andaman & Nicobar following denial ofpermission to set up an Educational Centre and an unexpected meeting with Sharad Pawar, the vice president of theNational Disaster Management AuthorityThe media was appraised about the role that theBharatiya Jain Sanghatana proposed to playwhile assisting the government and their effortstowards rescue and rehabilitation
  • 127. 127- A Photo JourneyBesides residentialstructures and officebuildings, school buildingsin Andaman & Nicobarwere completely destroyedfollowing Tsunami hittingthe islands
  • 128. 128TsunamiThe killer waves flattened over 10,000 homes, wiped out entire villages, swallowed more than 100,000 livestock,6,000 hectares of plantation crops, destroyed jetties and devastated the Indian Air Force station on Car NicobarIslandOver 3,500 lives were lost, largely in Nicobar Islands, which are barely 107 km from Sumatra, which was theepicentre of the earthquake that caused the tsunamiExperts from various fields including Dr Anil Avachat were invited for consultation before finalizing the action planfor any projectA new chapter began in the history of BJS and that ofAndaman & Nicobar after an initial meeting and withLieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar, ProfRam Kapse and a clearance to work in the devastatedislandsImpressed by the work done by BJS, Prof Ram Kapseexpressed the desire to visit the sites and inspect theproject in person
  • 129. 129- A Photo JourneyIn the office of the BJS Prof Ram Kapse gatheredinformation and understood the work of theorganization
  • 130. 130TsunamiAnother building housed the local office of the BJSOne of the existing buildings was used to accommodatevolunteers working for the Tsunami affected areas ofAndaman & NicobarThanks to the generosity of ….. requisite furniture forthe administrative office of the BJS was made readilyavailableBesides volunteers who had rushed to the group ofislands to help the Tsunami affected people, some localvolunteers also joined in to contribute
  • 131. 131- A Photo JourneyActual work on re-construction of school buildingsbegan with a government middle school at Chouldariin South AndamanTransportation from one island to the other had become highly difficult with almost all jetties destroyed by theTsunami wavesSmall boats were the only mode of transportation for all kinds of material in Hutbay
  • 132. 132TsunamiCrossing rivers on small, temporary bridges,volunteers had to carry with them everything thatcould be required while working at the siteLocal residentsbuild suchtemporary bridgesto cross the riverin Prafulla nagarwhere the locationidentified for aschool could bereached only aftercrossing the riverat ten differentlocationsBraving all kids of difficulties and bad weather,volunteers walked upto the desired location to reachout to the hapless and the needyAfter inspection of the site. BJS finalised theconstruction plans for the school and work beganrestoring hopes for the local children to return toschool as early as possible
  • 133. 133- A Photo JourneyAvailability of staff for construction of school was adifficult task since the local population was reluctanton working at site since all kind of assistance and reliefmaterial was being made available to them withouthaving to pay for itWith great difficulties, BJS managed to inspire theworkers to work at sites, sometimes, paying them muchmore than what they could have normally earnedFinally, the plinths were ready making way for theschool buildings to come up at the site selected inconsultation with the school authorities, the educationdepartment and the local residentsAfter laying the foundation, a major step was completion of the plinth with material transported on boats which were not plying regularlyDespite difficulties, work on the plinth was completed in time under the supervision of skilled and experienced volunteers
  • 134. 134TsunamiPrafulla Parakh who camped at Andaman & Nicobar throughout the rehabilitation project, personally visited eachof the site and supervised the work on construction of schools at CFO NallaMuch before other non-governmental organization and government authorities could plan and begin their work;many of the BJS projects were fast on their way towards completionPermanent structures started coming up fast to house schools for the Tsunami affected childrenProf Ram Kapse along with Shantilal Muttha, personally visited some of the construction site to check the progressin construction of schools
  • 135. 135- A Photo JourneyProperly designed structures of school buildings got completed in the prescribed period inviting local students to re-start their academic careerThe first of the 20 school undertaken for construction by the BJS was completed at Chouldari and was ready to behanded over to the local administrationThe school building at Chouldari served as an example to show case the king of work that was being undertaken bythe BJS on various islands of Andaman & Nicobar
  • 136. 136TsunamiMany dignitaries including the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam expressed satisfaction about the commendable work bring done by BJS in the Andaman & Nicobar islands
  • 137. 137- A Photo JourneyPrafulla Parakh appraised Sushama Swaraj about the work undertaken by the BJS for Tsunami victims in the group of islands
  • 138. 138TsunamiMost happy were the students who could not wait toreturn to the school after the completion of the buildingconstructionA formal ceremony of handing over the schoolbuildings to the local authorities was held in presenceof Prof Ram Kapse and other prominent inviteesBesides local authorities and prominent invitees, thehanding over ceremonies were also attended by localstudents the beneficiaries of the project
  • 139. 139- A Photo Journey
  • 140. 140TsunamiImpressed by the work for construction of schools, the health department of the Andaman & Nicobar islands,approached the BJS asking if they could extend help in re-construction of primary health centres and sub-centre inthe Tsunami hit islands. The proposal was discussed in detail between Director of Health…..and Shantilal MutthaThe BJS sought help from the Direct Relief International and apresentation was made to Ann Maxwell, who readily agreed toprovide every possible helpAccordingly, DRI came forth with a helping hand to provide medicines, medical equipment and ambulances forrestoration of health facilities
  • 141. 141- A Photo JourneyReady to serve the local population, the health centres were designed in manner not only to suite the needs of thelocal population, but also to stand strong during similar natural disasters in the future. Each of these structureswere ceremoniously handed over to the local health authoritiesInaugural ceremonies of the health centre marked a new beginning and journey towards healthy life for thepopulation of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Officials from the DRI were also invited to attend the ceremonies whichmarked moments that were highly precious for the Tsunami-affected families.
  • 142. 142TsunamiMotivated by Prafulla Parakh, the team of construction workers got inspired to faceall difficulties while transporting material for construction of a school building atPrafulla Nagar
  • 143. 143- A Photo JourneyMarking yet another milestone in the journey of the BJS, public health centres constructed in Tamil Nadu were handed over to the government authorities
  • 144. 144Tsunami
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  • 146. 146TsunamiAppreciation came from all corners but the biggest one was in the smiles writ largeon the faces of the local population
  • 147. 147- A Photo JourneyWith great satisfaction in mind, the BJS team left the school buildings after handingthem over to the local authorities
  • 148. 148Shanti YatraRebuilding schools andrehabilitating studentsafter disasters after variousplaces was not enough. Theneed was to also enhance thequality of education all overthe country to bring aboutan overall development. Thesolution found by BJS aftera countrywide study touremerged as a key to India’ssocio-economic development
  • 149. 149- A Photo JourneyNinety per cent of the 1.3 million schools in India are run by government,85 per cent of them are in rural area. This leaves only 15 per cent ofIndia’s schools for the urban area and only 10 per cent being run byprivate bodies. Despite this, the main focus seems to be on improvisationof schools in urban India, while we take pleasure in blaming thegovernment for the backwardness of education in the rural part.. .Bringing about a sea change in the education being imparted throughschools, EDQUIP was a seed sown by BJS way back for governmentschools in Maharashtra. Schools run by the Zilla Parishads all over thestate have benefitted from the programme from 2002 to 2012. A largenumber of Jain Schools, along with 400 schools in Andaman & Nicobar,1700 in Goa and 500 of the NVS are implementing the programme forover the last 10 years and all this is happening without any of themhaving to pay for this. With a good tie up with the government schoolsand other stakeholders in the filed, the concept is poised to take a giantleap in this direction.Educational QualityImprovementEnhancing the quality of education
  • 150. 150Shanti YatraOne of the project leaders guiding the participants onschool safety aspects of disaster management, a partof EDUQIP basket
  • 151. 151- A Photo JourneyIntroduced with the aim of enhancing education theambitions programme titled EDUQIP also coversGoa where it was launched by Udipto Ray secretaryeducation, Govt. of Goa. Ray had witnessed the successof this programme as when it was introduced for thefirst time after Tsunami struck Andaman & Nicobarwhere he was the education secretaryEvery new concept is launched after detailed discussionand consideration of every minute aspect. Ensuringsuccess of EDUQIP, R S Tyagi, chief secretary of A&Ngathered detailed information from Shantilal Muttha,Hemant Mishra, Director BJS A&N and Balu Prakash,assistant director
  • 152. 152Shanti YatraA major key to the success of EDUQIP istraining the trainers. BJS achieved thisthrough such training programs.Targeting decision makers in the field of education, a management developmentprogramme was organised at Rangat which evoked an overwhelming responseBefore taking it to students, teachers get insights about EDUQIP from project leader Jayashri Thakkar
  • 153. 153- A Photo JourneyProject leader Suman Dutta guides participants at the teachers’ training programmeEnhancing educational also includestraining in disaster management forteachers. Manavsen Sharma conductsdisaster management training for teachersof A&N to guide them on how to act whendisaster happens
  • 154. 154Shanti YatraAll teachers becomes an impressive medium ofinstruction as they impart education with EDUQIP
  • 155. 155- A Photo JourneyAccreditation programme in process at aschool in Andaman & Nicobar with SamuelRaju, manager BJS EDUQIP supervisingthe procedure
  • 156. 156Shanti YatraStudents participate in an EDUQIP program not only as learners butalso contribute with their ideas and observations to give a final shapeto the entire program
  • 157. 157- A Photo JourneyCompleted with great efforts the EQUQIPbeing handed over to the Andaman &Nicobar administration in a small functionin a primary school at Prafullo Nagar inAndaman & NicobarExcited about their future, students listenwith rapt attention as they learn more aboutEDUQIP
  • 158. 158Shanti YatraTaking a giant step towards enhancededucation Naval Kishor Sing, commissionerNVS signs a memorandum of understandingalong with Shantilal MutthaPrafulla Parakh explaining qualityimprovement programme to RameshdadaJain, Mayor of Jalgaon, Maharashtra
  • 159. 159- A Photo JourneyThe journey, though enjoyable, wasnot very easy. Implementation ofEQUQUIP was successful only aftercrossing many hurdles and overcomingmany difficulties
  • 160. 160Maharashtra Floods 2006Heavy rains continuously lashedmajor parts of Maharashtra,claiming lives for four days andprompting authorities to shift overtwo lakh people to safer placesThis was the highest rainfallrecorded in the country in last 100years. Suburban Mumbai and Thaneexperienced one of the worst floodsin their history. The downpour washeavy in other parts of the statetoo, particularly in Nanded andParbhani
  • 161. 161- A Photo JourneyEquipped with experienced volunteers, expertsto guide, readymade action plans and requisiteresources, heavy rains that lashed major parts ofMaharashtra gave BJS yet another chance to provetheir strength and capacity. Besides systematicdistribution of food, medical aid, blankets andhousehold material, BJS also provided temporaryshelters to the people of worst affected areas.Maharashtra FloodsDevastating deluge, reassuring response
  • 162. 162Maharashtra Floods 2006Water level rose rapidly within three four hours, submerging the roads and railway tracks. Whiletraffic was completely at a stand still, all low-lying areas were heavily floodedPoor families living in slums were the worst hit victims while the rains alsodid not spare the middle and upper class segments. Raigad and Ratnagiridistricts of the Konkan region had large areas under submergence. Severelyaffected towns included Roha, Mahad, and Mangaon in Raigad district,along with Khed and Chiplun in Ratnagiri district
  • 163. 163- A Photo JourneyNo sooner did the flooding recede in Konkan and Marathwada, the releaseof water from the Koyana and Ujani dams flooded Sangli, Kolhapur, andSolapur districts. For about a week later, unusually heavy rains lashedthe coastal areas of Konkan and Western Ghats in Maharashtra, causingextensive flooding in Raigad and Ratnagiri districts, with many towns andvillages under water
  • 164. 164Maharashtra Floods 2006 Freshly cooked food was distributed to theflood affected peopleAt every centre, people gathered in largenumber as BJS volunteers distributed food,essential items and survival kits to the floodaffectedPolice officials joined hands with DalichandJainandKantilalOswalinprovidingassistanceto the flood affected families at ChopdaUtensils were distributed to thousands of familieswho had lost their homes in the spate
  • 165. 165- A Photo JourneyBJS sprung in action as Shantilal Mutthabriefed volunteers how to help victimswhile Ramesh Navlakha and AshokPawar joined inThe response was so overwhelming thateven the grooms had to line up in a queue tobe escorted on to the daisA large amount of food material was stored fordistribution to the flood affected at Chopda inJalgaonVolunteers worked day and night preparing kitsfor distribution in the flood affected areasKits containing essential material were preparedwith the help of Sakal Relief Fund
  • 166. 166Maharashtra Floods 2006A large number of flood affected familiesgathered at various distribution centres to collectkits of essential items
  • 167. 167- A Photo JourneyTemporary shelters, Sureshdada Jain nagar andDeepchand Gardi nagar at Akola were formallyinaugurated by district guardian minister SatishChaturvedi before being made available for theflood affected families. These structures wereerected following a request from the districtcollector of Akola since the flood affected familieshad all sought shelter in a school thus making itdifficult for the school to function
  • 168. 168Jammu & KashmirDoing away with allcommunal barriers, childrenfrom J & K were welcomedwith open arms as theycelebrated Id, their annualfestival and offered prayersat a local Durgah. The causeof educational rehabilitationovershadowed the religiousdifferences with a Jainorganisation coming to theaid of children from Muslimcommunity
  • 169. 169- A Photo JourneyPrevious experience in handling all kinds of difficultsituations during the disaster had made BJS fully equippedand ever ready to meet the demands of any such calamity.This time, the invitation was straight from the NationalDisaster Management Authority (NDMA). For the firsttime, BJS signed an agreement with a national body likethe NDMA headed by none other than the prime ministerhimself.The timely execution of the rehabilitation plan wasappreciated in the Loksabha during one of its sessions. Thiswas the result of systematic planning, consideration forminute details, proper execution of these plans and extracare taken at every step.Jammu & KashmirFloodsSalvaging the present, safeguarding the future
  • 170. 170Jammu & KashmirThe trend of exorbitant expenditure and display of wealth during wedding ceremonies promptedBJS to create awareness amongst the masses to curb this kind of wastage. This gave birth to theunique concept of padyatra in the 80’s. A highly effective concept used for mass movement by noneother than the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, padayatras have been successful in bringingabout revolutionary changes all the over the world. Reformist spreading a message on foot havesucceeded in changing the world over. Padayatra served as an effective tool to convince the Indianpopulation towards accepting the trend setting concept of mass marriages.Adding another feather to the BJS cap an overwhelming participation of 625 couples in the massmarriage ceremony held at the SP college ground took the concept all the over the country. Amassive platform was erected to sit 625 couples making it biggest such ceremony in Indian history.Disaster knows no boundaries When the earthquake struck, it did not botherabout the borderline between India and Pakistan The rising sun arrived withwidespread destruction on October 8, 2005 when a 7.6 Richter earthquakestruck the Kashmir region of both the countries. Severe damage was causedto the lives and belongings of thousands of families on both sides of the Lineof Control. The districts of Poonch, Baramulla, Jammu, Udhampur, RambanKathua, Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Kupwara were theworst affectedDistributing relief supplies to the victims becameespecially urgent as the victims, living at high altitudeand with the approaching winter, faced the risk ofexposure to cold weatherMaking matter worse, casualties were likely to increaseconsidering that winter was about to set in
  • 171. 171- A Photo JourneyDespite the desire to address the needs of the communities devastated by the earthquake, the response of NGOs wasextremely limited due to the climatic conditions and the devastation. The violence and conflict in this area permittedvery few grassroots organisations operating there, and BJS was one of them
  • 172. 172Jammu & KashmirProvision of shelters to the victims was of prime importance. Gen N C Vij, vicechairman, of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Mr. NVCMenon and Mr. KM Singh personally sought help from BJS. Inability to do sowould have resulted in increased number of casualties
  • 173. 173- A Photo JourneyIn a meeting with NDMA officials and BJS representatives, thethen home minister Shivraj Patil assured government supportand appreciated the approachBased on the technical feasibility of thereport, a MOU was signed through whichBJS agreed to provide temporary sheltersfor disaster survivors.
  • 174. 174Jammu & KashmirGulamnabi Azad, the chief minister of Jammu andKashmir, called upon Mr. Muttha and Mr. PrafullaParakh at his residence at New Delhi and spent twohours discussing the implementation strategy
  • 175. 175- A Photo JourneyLater during media briefing Azad madea mention about the ambitious projectundertaken by an NGO coming from as faras Maharashtra
  • 176. 176Jammu & KashmirConverting words into action the BJS representatives started off on theproject with a detailed discussion with J & K administration
  • 177. 177- A Photo JourneyContributing its might for the J & K victims, the BJSagreed to erect temporary shelters, reusing theprefabricated structures which were erected in Gujaratfor schools. In a meeting with J & K officials it wasdecided that a team of engineers will visit Gujaratbefore shifting the material to specific locations.Senior officials from J & K along with BJS teamsurveyed the devastated area
  • 178. 178Jammu & Kashmir
  • 179. 179- A Photo JourneyThe material was coded, dismantled, transportedfrom Gandhidham to Jammu and then furthertrucked to various locations. All the materialreached Jammu in three trains
  • 180. 180Jammu & KashmirRe-erection of these structures in the affectedareas of J&K was well appreciated andexpected to bridge the immediate gap forrehabilitation and protecting the people fromextreme weather conditions
  • 181. 181- A Photo Journey
  • 182. 182Jammu & KashmirIt was decided to keep the schools,the books, the syllabi, the teachersand the medium of instructionunchanged. The only change wasgoing to be the location, which wasno-doubt far away from their hometown, but was comparatively muchsafer and less traumatic
  • 183. 183- A Photo JourneyWith annual examinations justround the corner, the schools whichhad collapsed spelt a doom for thechildren of the valley. With littlepossibility of the school reopeningvery soon, they were likely to losean academic year and perhaps,thus endangering their future.Following instructions from chiefminister, discussions were heldwith Dept. of Social Welfare, J & Kabout the feasibility of taking 500children to BJS school in Wagholi,Pune for educational rehabilitation
  • 184. 184Jammu & KashmirWith annual examinations just round the corner,the schools which had collapsed spelt a doom forthe children of the valley. With little possibility ofthe school reopening very soon, they were likelyto lose an academic year and perhaps, thusendangering their future. Following instructionsfrom chief minister, discussions were heldwith Dept. of Social Welfare, J & K about thefeasibility of taking 500 children to BJS schoolin Wagholi, Pune for educational rehabilitationIt was decided to keep the schools, the books, thesyllabi, the teachers and the medium of instructionunchanged. The only change was going to be thelocation, which was no-doubt far away from theirhome town, but was comparatively much safer andless traumatic
  • 185. 185- A Photo JourneyAway from their homeland, into a city of Maharashtrian culture, the children from J & K did not have to compromise with the culture of their region and religion
  • 186. 186Jammu & KashmirOn December 10, 2005, a fleet of buses carrying500 students was flagged off from Srinagar bySonia Gandhi in the presence of Gulam NabiAzad. Leaving behind a completely devastatedhomeplace,thechildrentookagiantsteptowardsa brighter and secured future. Interacting withthe children Sonia Gandhi understood theirplight and assured them of every possible help
  • 187. 187- A Photo JourneyWith high hopes in their mind 500 fortunate boysfrom J & K arrived at the BJS Wagholi EducationalResearch Centre to be received by other childrenstudying therexxxxxxxxxxxx
  • 188. 188Jammu & KashmirTravelling out of their state for the first time thechildren took sometime adapting to the cultureand people of a new place
  • 189. 189- A Photo JourneyWith hopes reinstated and secured future, thestudents of J & K returned back to their homelandto appear for their annual examinations.However, a life-long connection with Pune wasestablished and they continued calling backwhenever memories of their stay at WERCreturned to their minds.The disaster thus proved to be an opportunity for the children to rise in life and emerge as successful human beings!
  • 190. 190BiharWith water logging almosteverywhere, the immediate needwastomovefamiliesandchildrento safer areas, provide food,clean drinking water, medicines,shelter and psychological support
  • 191. 191- A Photo JourneyAfter leaving a mark of successful rescue and reliefoperations along the northern, the western and thesouthern borders of the country, floods in Bihar tookBJS to the fourth border, thus covering the entireexpanse of the country.Facing many trials and tribulations everyday, theBJS team of volunteers provided relief to the needy.In addition, Multi-Utility Community Centreswere planned with a focus on providing permanentsolutions for the flood affected and flood prone areasof Bihar.BiharBeyond rescue, relief and rehabilitation
  • 192. 192BiharSurvivors were displaced, their land ravaged, their crops and livestock washed away. One of the morepopulous states of India, Bihar witnessed millions of people being distressed by raging water of Kosi River
  • 193. 193- A Photo JourneyA large number of people were forced to take refuge on embankments,highways, rooftops or any higher place to escape the floods
  • 194. 194BiharMore than 20,000 villagers were relocated from Kusava village in Madhepur district and the surrounding area.With assurance from BJS chief Shantilal Muttha, the villagers were confident about their survival.A team of volunteers led by Shantilal Muttha assisted about 25,000 people,stranded in 15 to 20 villages like Ranipur, Jamuha, Idrahi, Rauta, Kusalahi,Parihari, Sukharul, Pohbara and Haribola, moving them to the a safelocation
  • 195. 195- A Photo JourneyResponding instantly to the call of flood victims BJS volunteers reached themost difficult-to-reach areas as fast as possible
  • 196. 196BiharExtending every possible help to NGOs like theBJS, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in hisconversation with Ashok Pawar, appreciated theefforts being taken by BJS in order to effectivelyreach out to the flood victims
  • 197. 197- A Photo JourneyDespite the ensuing chaos,BJS set up a kitchen in thecamps to provide freshlycooked food to about 3000persons per dayProvision of fresh food,food-grains, clothing andmedicines has been a keyfactor of every rescueand relief operationsundertaken by BJSFreshly cooked food was distributed daily to villagers from Madhepura district
  • 198. 198BiharThe picture was grim in Kusava village ofMadhepura district. The intensity of the floodscontinued to rise and reaching out to inundatedvillages was possible only on boatsEvery boat reaching the villages brought hope inthe form of food and essentials
  • 199. 199- A Photo JourneyFamilies and children eagerly awaited the arrivalof BJS volunteers who continued their work ofproviding food to the flood victims standing inknee-deep waters
  • 200. 200BiharIntroducing a unique concept for rational distributionof food grains and other relief material, BJS distributedration cards to the flood affected families, thus reachingout to a large number of victims
  • 201. 201- A Photo JourneyPoliticians, government officers andrepresentatives of NGOs appreciated the workbeing done by the BJS in Madhepura as localMember of Parliament Sharad Yadav repeatedlymentioned during his visit to BJS camp
  • 202. 202BiharVolunteers provided medical assistance toabout 25,000 people, stranded in 15 to 20villages like Ranipur, Jamuha, Idrahi, Rauta,Kusalahi, Parihari, Sukharul, Pohbara andHaribola, moving them to the a safe locationin Kusava village. Not even a single PrimaryHealth Center was functional in about 33 kmof area around the PHCBy October, the need to distribute food andclothing had minimised and the focus shiftedto providing medical care. Doctors, along withpara-medical staff worked day and night atmedical camps setup in Bellari by BJS
  • 203. 203- A Photo JourneyAt the end of two months, shelter, food and clothing hadbeen disbursed in sufficient quantities. Distribution channelswere functioning smoothly. What was falling short wasproviding ambulatory medical care reaching out to villages.An ambulance was donated by the Keshargulab MunotNewaskar Trust to BJS for the purpose
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  • 205. 205- A Photo JourneyThank you wasa too small aterm for the floodaffected to expressgratitude for allthat had been donefor their survival
  • 206. 206MulyavardhanAdding value to education, the unique concept of Mulyavardha, conceived by the BJS“Mulyavardhan” in Sanskrit means “Enhancement of Values” and it is precisely thisenhancement that the program designed and developed by BJS brings about
  • 207. 207- A Photo JourneyIn early 1950 when principals of elementary school in United States were askedto list top five problems of their school students, they replied: talking out ofturn, chewing gum, making noise in class, running in the hall and cutting inline. Replies to the same question asked to teachers in early 90s were different.They listed drugs and alcohol abuse, guns and knives in the school, pregnancy,suicide and rape as the major problems. This goes to show the direction whichthe younger generation seems to be headed towards.Conditions in India is not very different. Increasing rate of children in crimeslike kidnapping, murder, robbery, makes us worry about the future.BJS has accepted this challenge and 35000 students through 500 schools arealready in the process being education about peace, morals and value through aconcept called Mulyavardhan over the last four years. Anticipating the dangerslikely to be faced by the society in the future, BJS has done this kind of advanceplanning to prevent the future generation from landing into darkness.None other than the Cambridge University had done impact assessment of thisproject which is on its way to soon become a flagship project on the nation.MulyavardhanImbibing values through education
  • 208. 208MulyavardhanWith valuable contributions fromexperts like Dr H D Rost the concept ofMulyavardhan is being implemented in 500schools over the last four yearsToday’s young generation is the target of varied inputs from equally varied sources that is resulting inan overall decline in values and an alarming rise in the traits of arrogance, aggression, intolerance andviolence. These traits if unchecked have the potential to severely jeopardize the existence of the very corevalues of the Indian culture and in turn the Indian society itself. To reverse this trend it is essential thatthe present young generation is made aware of the core values and is empowered to internalise thesevalues in order to make choices, judgments and decisions more intelligently and meaningfully
  • 209. 209- A Photo JourneyWith valuable contributions from experts like Dr H DRost the concept of Mulyavardhan is being implementedin 500 schools over the last four years
  • 210. 210MulyavardhanWith structured syllabus, well designed learning content, robust yet flexibledelivery mechanism, Mulyavardhan is an appropriate vehicle to arrest thedecline in vales and morals16 A comprehensive and holistic peace, moral and value educationprogramme Mulyavardhan is conceived, designed and implemented by BJSfor school children from standards 1st to 10thCultural activities like dance and dramaare being used to impart Peace, Moral andValue education to about 35,000 students in500 schools covering 1200 villages
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  • 212. 212MulyavardhanThe academic contents of this programme havebeen designed by a team of experts in the field ofeducationFundamental values that are relevant in today’sworld have been identified after thoroughresearch
  • 213. 213- A Photo JourneyAbsorbing these values at an early and receptiveage through education benefits the youth anddefinitely ensures enhancement of values in thesociety at large
  • 214. 214MulyavardhanInteracting with principals, Qualis Rost shares his thoughts of impartingPeace, Moral and value education
  • 215. 215- A Photo JourneyFundamental values which are relevant in today’s complex world, aredeveloped through training programmesTRAINING THE TRAINERS: Activities are used to help improveinterpersonal relationships
  • 216. 216MulyavardhanInteracting with each other, teachers exchange ideasabout enhancing core values and empower the childrento make right choices, judgements and decisions
  • 217. 217- A Photo JourneyThe guiding force behind Mulyavardhan:Shantilal Muttha interacting with traineeteachers and principals
  • 218. 218MulyavardhanLearning and imbibing these values enables eachchild to discover true self, increase self-esteemand help face the world confidentlyBJS firmly believes that internalising thesevalues right from the formative years willdefinitely arrest the decline in values observed inthe societyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  • 220. 220TsunamiSharing good thoughts andtime with the children atthe Wagholi EducationalRehabilitation Centre,Shantilal Muttha contributesto their overall development
  • 221. 221- A Photo JourneyShantilal MutthaBack to a new beginningStarting from Dongarkini, the story does a completecircle and comes back to mark the beginning of a newera. After a nation-wide voyage for the bettermentof the society, life brings Shantilal Muttha backto Dongarkini to launch the highly ambitiousprogramme aimed at shaping a bright future for theyounger generation. The process has completed fouryears after being launched at Patoda and Ashti tehsils.Ready to be offered to schools all over the country,this concept will mark the beginning of yet anotherjourney taking off from Beed with a large numberof well-wishers, supporters and contributors joininghands for a bright future for the country and thecountrymen.
  • 222. 222TsunamiGreat source of practical knowledge and motivation, Shantilal Muttha’s father GulabchandjiMuttha with the former President of India Gyani ZailsingThe main inspiration and guiding force behind Bharatiya Jain Sanghata, late SakkarbaiMuttha, mother of Shantilal Muttha
  • 223. 223- A Photo JourneyWomen in the family, three of the six aunts of Shantilal MutthaHelping elder brother Rajmal Muttha to set up a transport businessin PuneShantilal Muttha’s father Gulabchandji Muttha with the formerPresident of India Gyani ZailsingRajmal Muttha and Shantilal Muttha with former President of IndiaGyani ZailsingSarla Muttha with her mother, sisters and sisters-in-law
  • 224. 224TsunamiSharing a light moment with wife Sarla, son Sameer and daughter Sonali
  • 225. 225- A Photo JourneySueshdada Jain, trustee of BJS who fondly calls Shantilal Muttha as ShantubhauShantilal Mutha’s father Gulabchandji Muttha and father-in-law Brijlal Kunkulol with the newly married couple
  • 226. 226TsunamiEnjoying a vacation with the family, ShantilalMuttha with wife Sarla, son Sameer, daughter–in-law Neha, daughter Sonali, son-in-lawVaibhav Chordia and grandchildren
  • 227. 227- A Photo JourneyBesides residentialstructures and officebuildings, school buildingsin Andaman & Nicobarwere completely destroyedfollowing Tsunami hittingthe islands
  • 228. 228TsunamiPresident Gyani Zail Sing being welcomed at home by Sarla MutthaSarla Muttha felicitating participating women before the BJS state convention while Prakashchand Surana,Hastimalji Bamb, Abhaykumar Sethiya, Hemrajji Khabiya and Popatsheth Bafna look onShantilal and Sarla Muttha being welcomed by villagers at Dongarkhini, the birthplace of Shantilal MutthaTo mark the world day for physically challenged, SarlaMuttha extends good wishes to the participants whileShantilal Muttha and Shriniwas Patil look onHome minister Buta Singh being welcomed by SarlaMuttha at the Muttha family’s residence in Pune
  • 229. 229- A Photo JourneyNeha Sameer Muttha extends a welcome to ProfRam Kapse, the governor general of Andaman& Nicobar during his visit to the WERC whileShantilal Muttha and Prataprao Pawar,chairman of the Sakal Media Group are also seenShankaracharya of Shrungeri Peeth blessing Sameer Muttha Sameer and Sonali Muttha welcome actor Sanjay Dutt at the WERC whileShantilal Muttha and Dungarwal Sir, look onDr Sharadkumar Diksheet and Dr K H Sancheti with Sonali and SameerMuttha
  • 230. 230TsunamiDeepchand Gardi felicitated by senior social workerAnna Hazare, while Muttha looks onDeepchand Gardi, Muttha and Chainrajji Jain ofBangaluru at BJS headquarter
  • 231. 231- A Photo JourneyAt the BJS headquarter with senior trustee Bhawarlal Jain and Surendrakumar Hegde of KarnatakaDeepchand Gardi asking Muttha to bring his daughter into social workDiring the Amaratvati state convention Shantilal Muttha weighed against blood bags donated by volunteers
  • 232. 232TsunamiDelegation ofJain minoritycomprising Dr LM Singhvi, vijayDarda, D R Mehta,Suresh Dada JainChainraj Jain andP A Inamdar calledon PM ManmohanSingh
  • 233. 233- A Photo JourneyLost in deep thoughts Shantilal Muttha andPrafulla ParakhNational convention in Pune 2010 PrakashSurana, Shantilal Muttha Rajendra Lunkad,Kamlesh Umad
  • 234. 234TsunamiA vehicle being flagged off by Prataprao Pawar of the Sakal Relief Fund for the relief of flood affected families whileDr Banoo Coyaji and Chainrajji Jain look onShantilal Muttha signing an MOU with Prof Ram Kapse, governor general of Andaman & Nicobar Former chief election commissioners T N Sheshan guiding the staff of BJS at their head officeIn discussion with Prataprao Pawar, chairman of the Sakal Media Group, Shantilal Muttha at the BJS headquarters
  • 235. 235- A Photo JourneyShantila Muttha and Sunil Dutt busy working on the fieldShantilal Muttha with former governor Dr P C Alexander during his visit to the WERC Shantilal Muttha with former vice chancellor of the Pune University Dr Arun Nigvekar and Bhushan Patwardhan
  • 236. 236TsunamiMany dignitaries including the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam expressed satisfaction about the commendable work bring done by BJS in the Andaman & Nicobar islandsShrungeri Shankaracharya Bharati Teerthblessing Shantilal and Sarla MutthaGreat saint Morari Bapu and Shantilal Mutthaduring the Gujarat earthquake
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  • 238. 238TsunamixxxxxxxxxShantilal and Sarla Muttha at Raj Bhavan in Pune withSonia Gandhi during a dinner after the three day meetof the Rajiv Gandhi Foundationxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx
  • 239. 239- A Photo JourneyGopinath Munde with Shantilal Muttha Former Chief minister Manohar Joshi giving some valuable instruction to Shantilal Muttha during the inaugurationceremony of WERCVilasrao Deshmukh and Chandrakant Chhajed during a visit to WERC Central minister N KP Salve and Shantilal Muttha during 625 mass marriages ceremony in Pune
  • 240. 240TsunamiPrafulla Parakh welcoming Digvijay Singh at the BJS office xxxxxxxxxxxxBesides local authorities and prominent invitees, the handing over ceremonies were also attended by local studentsthe beneficiaries of the projectWith Madanlal Khurana in Delhi during an educational function
  • 241. 241- A Photo JourneyDalai Lama presenting an award to ShantilalMuttha on behalf of the Diwaliben MohanlalMehta Charitable Trust, Mumbai
  • 242. 242TsunamiAmitabh Bachchan presenting the Giants’International award to Shantilal Muttha
  • 243. 243- A Photo JourneyReceiving the WANGO award from president ofWANGO
  • 244. 244TsunamiFormer President Shankar Dayal Sharmafelicitated Shantilal MutthaPune Municipal Corporation felicitated Sunil Duttand Shantilal Muttha mayor Ankush Kakde in1992
  • 245. 245- A Photo JourneyGuiding thousands of girls at Ahmadnagar
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  • 247. 247- A Photo JourneyOn a tour of the country as apart of Vision 20-20 in 2009Riding a horse at the BangaluruJain International ResidentialSchool
  • 248. 248TsunamiBJS technical education centre inDongarkini hostelA student at Dongarkini works in the laboratory at the technical institute
  • 249. 249- A Photo JourneyExchanging pleasantries with tribal children ofMelghat, Shantilal Muttha adds some memorablemoments to their life