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Harakh chand nahata   the social entrepreneur from bikaner
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  • 1. HARAKH CHAND NAHATA – THE GREAT SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR By : Dr. T.K. Jain AFTERSCHO☺ OL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SIVAKAMU VETERINARY HOSPITAL ROAD BIKANER 334001 MOBILE : 9414430763 Bikaner is a city of desert. Its tough life and hardships produced many social entrepreneurs. There were people, who were determined to change the destiny. There were people who inspite of hardships, strived for excellence. People from Bikaner travelled extensively to other places (as there were no business opportunities in Bikaner) and went to far off places like Japan, Rangoon, Chennai and Kolkatta (when we didn’t have Railways). The persons who were able to set up profitable businesses, were able to contribute to the well being of the society in Bikaner. They set up wells, ponds, dharmashalas, and other institutions. Harakh Chand Nahata was born on 18th. July, 1936 at Bikaner (Rajasthan) in an illustrious family. His father Shri Bhairudan Nahata was a businessman and soft natured social worker and his mother Durgadevi was a religious woman. Bhairudan Nahata was a great social worker, who would always work silently. He along with his friend Mr. Kochar collected one rupee each from eachPDF created with pdfFactory Pro trial version
  • 2. Jain family in Bikaner and set up Jain School in Bikaner (which is open for all). His initiatives enabled establishment of the first school by Jain community. Thus a series of initiatives were started and later on a group of institutions were set up. Jain School was the first, but later we had institutions like Jain College etc. were set up by the Jain community in Bikaner. Other Jain communities in other places also took similar iniatives after taking inspiration from this initiative. Mr. Bhairudan Nahata was a silent worker, you don’t even find anywhere on Jain School or associated institutions. His (Harakh Chand Nahata’s) uncle Mr. Agarchand Nahata and his elder brother Mr. Bhanwar Lal Nahata were authorities in Jain philosophy, Prakrit, Pali, Apbransh, Rajasthani and Indian philosophy. They had written extensively and contributed to Rajasthani literature and literature on Jain philosophy. They had set up one of the most illustrious private library of Bikaner with extensive coverage of manuscripts and books. After completing his schooling at Bikaner and during college years in Calcutta, Harakh Chand Nahata started his business career. A visionary entrepreneur, who wanted to tread uncharted path, he was the first person, who started road transportation in the difficult and inhospitable terrain of Tripura. Handling the largest Railway Out Agency in Tripura (Tripura Town Out Agency) and establishing a large network of road transport at his own heavy costs and risks, he was instrumental in starting economic development and two - way traffic to bring economic gains for the local tribal people and the state of Tripura. He contributed a lot for the development of cinema in Eastern India through his Technicians Studio, Calcutta, with which many inter nationally acclaimed directors like Satyajit Ray, HritwikPDF created with pdfFactory Pro trial version
  • 3. Ghatak and Basu Bhattacharya etc. were associated. Later, he turned film financier and Realtor and was known as an honest and up right person in trade circles. For his multi- faceted contributions to the trade and industry, he was honored with awards by the Vice President of India and Lt. Governor of Delhi. He was a leading social leader and philanthropist, who steadfastly stood and fought for human dignity, equality and respect. Associated with more than 60 socio-religious organizations and Trusts like Heart Care Foundation of India, Prakrit Bharati Academy, Rishabhdev Foundation, Mimjhar, Veerayatan, Rajasthan Bharati, Ahimsa International, Jain Mahasabha, Bharat Jain Mahamandal, Vishwa Jain Parishad and many others in different capacities, he relentlessly endeavored to attain their cherished goals. From 1990 onwards, he was the President of ‘Akhil Bhartiya Shree Jain Shwetamber Khartargachha body of thousands of Jams of this sect. As President, he relentlessly fought to safeguard against many injustices and attacks on the rights, dignity and conventions of the Samaj. Harakh Chand Nahata encouraged many upcoming artists of films and performing arts with his sanguine advice, help and patronage. He was a great connoisseur of art and literature and helped many budding artists, poets and writers. He spotted talents of writers and published many books including a Hindi monthly magazine at his own cost to encourage them. He was a voracious reader with a razor sharp analytical mind and compassioned heart. He wrote many write ups on different subjects and was an orator par excellence, who kept the audience spellbound with his thought- provoking dissertations and mastery over the chosen subject. Though a Jain by birth, he was an embodiment of ‘Sarv Dharma Sambhav’. Regardless of caste, creed or religion, he respected each and every faith and contributed to various temples and places of worship without any distinction. He was a firm believerPDF created with pdfFactory Pro trial version
  • 4. that religion is and should be a binding force and not a divisive force. He considered integrity and security of the Nation above religion and culture and stressing this, he used to say that only if the nation is secure, only then religion and culture would be secure. Compassion, tolerance, equality, dignity and love should be the guiding and contributing spirit in religious affairs and to this end he steadfastly worked at various levels and at different forums. Living a full and contented life, he breathed his last on 21st. February, 1999 at New Delhi after a brief illness. Mr. S.C. Jamir, Governor of Maharastra says about Mr. Nahata (on the occasion of launch of a stamp by the Post Office on Mr. Nahata): “his achievements clearly prove that he was truly a human being and he was truly a philanthropist.” “he had a vision., he was fired not only for commercial or commerce, he was fired by some vision of that and he wanted to bring people nearer and nearer to the main stream and that was the most difficult thing for us to bring the entire North-Eastern region to the mainstream of our country, but Nahata did. I am very grateful to him.” Mr. Nahata was a great philanthropist. As a human being he always promoted institutions which were for the benefits of human beings. As a great human being he always promoted development of people.PDF created with pdfFactory Pro trial version