GUWAHATI, Nov 19 – The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) alumni Association, Guwahati today celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of the great Indian leader, scholar and social reformer Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, who was also the founder of the BHU. The programme was organized as a part of the nationwide celebrations by the Mahamana Malaviya Mission, founded by BHU Alumni.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the programme, Governor of Assam JB Patnaik, who is also an alumnus of the BHU said that the teachings and philosophy of Pandit Malaviya are very much relevant in the present times.
“Born in the poor family of a Sanskrit scholar, Malaviya was a patriot, freedom fighter, legal luminary, scholar, educationist, journalist and a good orator. It is difficult to define his qualities in words and it is more difficult to find another man of this caliber in the history of India,” he said.
“His relentless efforts to establish the seat of higher education in India, the Banaras Hindu University are the example of his great vision to build a powerful nation,” he added.
Earlier, Justice (Retd) Giridhar Malaviya of Allahabad High Court, who is also the grandson of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, shared some of the little known instances from the life of Pandit Malaviya including some interesting anecdotes about his methods of collecting money for building the BHU. One of those incidents was about collecting money from the Nizam of Hyderabad, who was initially reluctant to pay money for a ‘Hindu’ university.
Dr KK Deka, VC of Dibrugarh University and J Uppal from Mahamana Malaviya Mission, New Delhi also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, the president of BHU Alumni association DN Bezboruah delivered the welcome address.
Governor JB Patnaik also inaugurated a photo exhibition, which was followed by a cultural programme.