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From: Vinay Kapoor < >

THE METRO MAN – E SREEDHARAN- FINALLY HANGS HIS BOOTS

A legend hangs up his boots On the last day of this month . Finally, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan has been allowed to retire, at the age of 79. A man who built the Calcutta Metro, Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro. But he is best remembered for re-building in just 46 days the Pamban bridge which in 1963 was blown away by a cyclone into the sea.

Here is a man who is honest to the core, brooked no nonsense and set an example for others. A true leader who walked his talk. He truly deserves the Bharat Ratna. Now he is going to Kerala to fulfill the dreams of Mallus “The Kochin Metro ”

India has much gratitude for this great engineer. He is known as the The “metro man of India”. He is quite a sensational project manager, who almost always gets the project completed on time or before schedule. He fought all the delays caused by bureaucratic red tape, corruption and lack of funds.
Sreedharan’s willpower has moved mountains. He is not just a dreamer but also a builder, but most of all, one who has dedicated his achievements to every Indian. He stands out as a legend in Indian Engineering history. His major projects being the Delhi Metro and the Konkan Railways.

This 75+ year-old Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation only desires the progress of his country. He wanted Delhi to have a world-class metro rail project to change the meaning of urban transport in India. And he did it.

The Konkan Railway project came to him in his retirement. It was a challenging task—-760 km of rail tracks from Mumbai to Kochi through the rugged hills of the Western Ghats. This project was found as not feasible, by the British engineers in pre-independence era. But for Sreedharan nothing was impossible.

Environmentalists protested, politicians said it cannot be done and the project ran short of money.
Sreedharan raised public bonds to finance it, taking everyone ahead.

Kiran Bedi explains why Sreedharan is worthy of the title: “He is not in his 40s or 50s, but he is in his 70s, a time when we normally retire. Sreedharan has given the best metro concept for the railway of the country with integrity, vision, with commitment and with remarkable professional skills. There is no other person better than him in this category.”

Sreedharan insists he does not have any special skills to get the best out of people. “I always found that people cooperate if you work for a good cause,” he says.

Sreedharan studied in an ordinary school & college and later on took his civil engineering degree from a govt engineering college. But he went on to become the boss for hundreds of IIM, IIT graduates!

People still wonder what really makes him tick at 80 while a young man in his 20’s struggles to begin his day at 6 or 7 in the morning. Sreedharan’s day starts at 4 am, meditation and Bhagwad Gita.

He reaches office at 9:30 am and gets straight to work. In the evening, he usually takes a long walk with his wife Radha and allots time to his family of four children. He used to set up reverse clocks to show impending deadlines to his project members during Delhi Metro construction phase.
The message of the Gita: To act, without desire for the fruits of the action gave him the courage to act.

A plate placed in his Kerala office read as: ‘Whatever to be done, I do. But in reality I do not do anything’.

India says thank you sir.
Government of India may or may not award him the Bharat Ratna. But for the countless millions that have travelled on the Pamban bridge, Kolkata Metro, Konkan Railways & Delhi Metro and for the knowledgeable public he is already a Bharat Ratna – a real gem of the rarest variety.

Let’s all recommend his name to Govt for award of Bharat Ratna. Please share this message. Each one to at least one.

 

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From: Pramod Abrawal < >

 

वियेटनाम देश महाराणा प्रताप से बहुत प्रवाभित है॥

 

वियतनाम विश्व का एक छोटा सा देश है जिसने….. अमेरिका जैसे बड़े बलशाली देश को झुका दिया।

लगभग बीस वर्षों तक चले युद्ध में अमेरिका पराजित हुआ।थ अमेरिका पर विजय के बाद वियतनाम के राष्ट्राध्यक्ष से एक पत्रकार ने एक सवाल पूछा….. जाहिर सी बात है कि सवाल यही होगा कि आप युद्ध कैसे जीते या अमेरिका को कैसे झुका दिया ??

पर उस प्रश्न का दिए गए उत्तर को सुनकर आप हैरान रह जायेंगे और आपका सीना भी गर्व से भर जायेगा।

दिया गया उत्तर पढ़िये।

सभी देशों में सबसे शक्ति शाली देश अमेरिका को हराने के लिए मैंने एक महान व् श्रेष्ठ भारतीय राजा का चरित्र पढ़ा।

और उस जीवनी से मिली प्रेरणा व युद्धनीति का प्रयोग कर हमने सरलता से विजय प्राप्त की।

आगे पत्रकार ने पूछा… “कौन थे वो महान राजा ?”

मित्रों जब मैंने पढ़ा तब से जैसे मेरा सीना गर्व से चौड़ा हो गया आपका भी सीना गर्व से भर जायेगा।

वियतनाम के राष्ट्राध्यक्ष ने खड़े होकर जवाब दिया…

“वो थे भारत के राजस्थान में मेवाड़ के महाराजा महाराणा प्रताप सिंह !!”

महाराणा प्रताप का नाम लेते समय उनकी आँखों में एक वीरता भरी चमक थी। आगे उन्होंने कहा…

“अगर ऐसे राजा ने हमारे देश में जन्म लिया होता तो हमने सारे विश्व पर राज किया होता।”

कुछ वर्षों के बाद उस राष्ट्राध्यक्ष की मृत्यु हुई तो जानिए उसने अपनी समाधि पर क्या लिखवाया…

“यह महाराणा प्रताप के एक शिष्य की समाधि है !!”

कालांतर में वियतनाम के विदेशमंत्री भारत के दौरे पर आए थे। पूर्व नियोजित कार्य क्रमानुसार उन्हें पहले लाल किला व बाद में गांधीजी की समाधि दिखलाई गई। ये सब दिखलाते हुए उन्होंने पूछा ” मेवाड़ के महाराजा महाराणा प्रताप की समाधि कहाँ है ?”  तब भारत सरकार के अधिकारी चकित रह गए, और उनहोंने वहाँ उदयपुर का उल्लेख किया। वियतनाम के विदेशमंत्री उदयपुर गये, वहाँ उनहोंने महाराणा प्रताप की समाधि के दर्शन किये।

समाधी के दर्शन करने के बाद उन्होंने समाधि के पास की मिट्टी उठाई और उसे अपने बैग में भर लिया इस पर पत्रकार ने मिट्टी रखने का कारण पूछा !! उन विदेशमंत्री महोदय ने कहा

“ये मिट्टी शूरवीरों की है। इस मिट्टी में एक महान् राजा ने जन्म लिया ये मिट्टी मैं अपने देश की मिट्टी में मिला दूंगा …”

“ताकि मेरे देश में भी ऐसे ही वीर पैदा हो। मेरा यह राजा केवल भारत का गर्व न होकर सम्पूर्ण विश्व का गर्व होना चाहिए।”

(अपेक्षा की जाती है कि यह पोस्ट आप अभिमान के साथ सभी मित्रों के साथ शेयर करेंगे।)

 

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India’s Village Ambulence

village-ambulence

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From: Savarkar Vinayak < >

Facts about the Indian Armed Forces

 

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An Inspiring Story

 

Inspiring Story

 

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From: Bhupendra Jesrani < >

An 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. He and a friend decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money for their education.
They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J. Paderewski. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano recital. A deal was struck and the boys began to work to make the concert a success.
The big day arrived. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque at the soonest possible.
“No,” said Paderewski. “This is not acceptable.” He tore up the cheque, returned the $1600 and told the two boys: “Here’s the $1600. Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your fees. And just give me whatever is left”. The boys were surprised, and thanked him profusely.
It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly marked out Paderewski as a great human being.
Why should he help two people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in our lives. And most of us only think “If I help them, what would happen to me?” The truly great people think, “If I don’t help them, what will happen to them?” They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it because they feel it’s the right thing to do.
Paderewski later went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland. He was a great leader, but unfortunately when the World War began, Poland was ravaged. There were more than 1.5 million people starving in his country, and no money to feed them. Paderewski did not know where to turn for help. He reached out to the US Food and Relief Administration for help.
The head there was a man called Herbert Hoover — who later went on to become the US President. Hoover agreed to help and quickly shipped tons of foodgrains to feed the starving Polish people.
A calamity was averted. Paderewski was relieved. He decided to go across to meet Hoover and personally thank him. When Paderewski began to thank Hoover for his noble gesture, Hoover quickly interjected and said, “You shouldn’t be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this, but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college. I was one of them.”
The world is a wonderful place. What goes around comes around!

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others

 

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From: Savarkar Vinayak < >

 

India’s Congress Govt…should learn a lesson?

Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata

 

 

As told by someone from Tata Administrative Services: Few months after 26/11, Taj Group of Hotels owned by TATAs launched their biggest tender ever for remodeling all their Hotels in India and abroad.

 

Some of the companies who applied for that tender were also Pakistanis. To make their bid stronger, two big industrialists from Pakistan visited Bombay House (Head office of Tata) in Mumbai without an appointment to meet up with Ratan Tata since he was not giving them any prior appointment.

 

They were made to sit at the reception of Bombay house and after a few hours a message was conveyed to them that Ratan Tata is busy and cannot meet anyone without an appointment.

 

Frustrated, these two Paki industrialists went to Delhi and through their High Commission met up with than Commerce Minister Anand Sharma. Sharma immediately called up Ratan Tata requesting him to meet up with the two Paki Industrialists and consider their tender “enthusiastically”.

 

Ratan Tata replied…”you could be shameless, I am not” and put the phone down.

Few months later when Pakistani government placed an order of Tata Sumo’s to be imported into Pakistan, Ratan Tata refused to ship a single vehicle to that country. This is the respect and love for motherland that Ratan Tata has.

 

This is something that our current Politicians should learn from.

 

You got to stand up for something in your life…else you will fall for everything……….

 

Awaken Countrymen; the Nation is above everything else.

 

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