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Replica of Bapu Kuti inaugurated at Tara on May 01, 2011
Yusuf Meherally Centre reached 50 on May 01 this year. The Centre has chalked out several programmes in celebration of its Golden Jubilee, namely, the following:
Raise ten crores to ensure survival and stability of the Centre.
Build a replica of Bapu Kuti of Sewagram, Wardha in Raigad District, Maharashtra.
Expand our Tara hospital and complete the Anjanvel hospital building.
Build Apta (Urdu medium) and Shirki (Marathi medium) high school buildings.
Set up a Centre at Chavanwadi (Rajapur taluka, Ratnagiri district) where we have 30 acres of land. It will have activities similar to the ones at Tara and will be named after Achyut Patwardhan.
Build an office and training cum production centre for village industries at Nagrotta (J&K), Betul (MP), Dhenkanal (Orissa), Bihapur (Bihar), Bhadreshwar (Kutch) and Khandahal, (Uttarakhand).
Open branches in Karnataka or Kerala and North East. Have more branches of Yusuf Meherally Yuva Biradari.
Enroll one thousand new life members.
Take up activities in Mumbai and concentrate on agriculture in Raigad and Ratnagiri Districts.
The purpose of making a replica of Bapu Kuti is to spread certain values that were popular during the freedom movement and continued to be relevant for creating a better world, namely, Satya and Ahimsa (truth & non-violence), Samata and Samyam (equality & self-control), Shrampratishtha and Shramdan (dignity of labour & voluntary labour), Shanti (peace) and Ethics in Politics & Business, and in the context of global warming, Aparigriha (non-possessiveness). The Centre, as it happens, gets 50,000 visitors annually, largely from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Panvel and New Panvel.
The Golden Jubilee Celebrations were launched and the Bapu Kuti was inaugurated and dedicated to the people in a function held on May 01, 2011, at the Madhu Pramila Dandavate Sankul, Yusuf Meherally Centre, Khairat, Tara, District. Raigad, in the presence of Shri Salman Kursheed, Minister (Water Resources & Minority Affairs), Government of India, Dr. Sudershan Iyengar, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapeeeth and Justice (Retd) Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, President, YMC Golden Jubilee Committee. It was witnessed by a large gathering of dignitaries and guests from different walks of life.
It is hoped that Bapu Kuti, even as a symbol, will remind us of how much we have strayed from these timeless values, and as a consequence, what disasters we have brought upon ourselves! Lack of ethics in business and politics has created havoc in the society and environment, causing global warming, which unchecked, will make the world unliveable. For years, the Yusuf Meherally Centre had served and hoped that man would be less selfish, more virtuous, cooperative, etc. So far we have achieved so little, this replica of Bapu Kuti is meant to change the man.
A report on the inaugural function has since appeared as “Revisiting YMC by D.K.Giri” in the May 8, 2011 issue of the “Janata”.
You can also view a pictorial report on the function at ”Replica of Bapu Kuti inaugurated-May 01, 2011” appearing on the web-page of the YMC titled” Photo Gallery”.