There are some people who turn their back towards family’s wealth and comfort and pursue their own build path on which they dedicate own lives to others. They are some self-motivated people who take responsibility of solving severe problems which our country is facing for a long time. Darshan Lal Jain is a finest example of such kind of people, who was decorated by one of the prestigious awards, Padam Bhushan, by the Indian Government.
He was born in a wealthy industrialist family residing in Yamunasagar district on December 12, 1927. Initially, he was inclined towards his family business; however, later in his life he was attracted towards the social work.
He worked in favour of providing proper education to girls and financially troubled children. He is one of the founding members of Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Jagadhri, which was established in 1954. He also held the position of founder secretary of DAV College for Girls, Yamunanagar, first girls’ college of the region, which was set up in 1957. He is popularly known for establishing Nand Lal Geeta Vidya Mandir at Tepla village in Ambala district in 1997. The school is providing free education and boarding facility to poor but bright students belonging from Haryana, Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir.
Being a supporter of the concept of “Education for all”, he revived Hindu High School at Nuh, which resulted into the opening of several new schools in the same area. He established the Saraswati Nadi Shodh Sansthan in 1999 and launched the project aimed to revive the Saraswati River. Since then, he is engaged in bringing back the magnificence of the holy river.
The Bharat Vikas Parishad Haryana was led by him for about 20 years, he made his contribution for Vivekanand Rock Memorial Society and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Haryana for about 30 years and worked with Hindu Shiksha Samiti Haryana for about 30 years.
He was a patriot and a supporter of Mahatma Gandhi from his childhood. During the British rule when ban was introduced on the Khadi products, he was one of the children of his college who wore khadi. He participated in the Quit India Movement at an early age of 15. In 1943, he stood up alone in the prayer assembly at the school to oppose the headmaster’s appeal to support the British war efforts. Jain was imprisoned during Emergency from 1975 to 1977, moreover, he declined the offer of the union government for conditional release.
Jain was least interested in joining active politics as he declined an offer by Jan Sangh in 1954 of a MLC seat. Offer of governorship was also declined by him, which was offered to him by then prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He preferred to be the RSS president of Haryana for about 40 years and surrendered the position in 2007 at the age of 80.
The Government of India recognised his contribution for the society and awarded him with India’s third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan, in 2019. His efforts for the poor children and young girls were need of the hour and laudable.
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