Political leaders, personalities throng to bid adieu to Dada

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 14 July 2018

Dada (99) passed away on Thursday, July 12 due to old age. Several prominent faces from political, film and sports background were witnessed on the funeral day and paid their last tribute to Dada.

PUNE: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani, on an emotional note, paid his last respect to Dada JP Vaswani on Friday. Advani broke into tears as he took the last glimpse of Dada. Advani was an ardent follower of Dada for a very long time and visited him at the Ashram in Pune quite a few times. 

Dada (99) passed away on Thursday, July 12 due to old age. Several prominent faces from political, film and sports background were witnessed on the funeral day and paid their last tribute to Dada.

Former president Pratibha Patil too visited the Mission along with her husband Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat to pay last respects to Dada.

“Dada JP Vaswani has continuously inspired us and has kept a smiling face right till the end. He believed that humanity was the only religion,” Patil said. Former Indian cricket player Chandu Borde paid tribute to Dada. A few years ago Borde was invited as chief guest for a prize distribution event at St Mira’s School when he met Dada Vaswani. Borde said, “It was my first interaction with Dada and he was extremely humble. He chatted with me as if we were really old friends and from that day my respect for Dada doubled.” Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak and Minister for State Social Justice Dilip Kamble were present. Philanthropist Leela Poonawala, Firoz Poonawala, Vishwanath Karad of MIT Group of Institutes, Sunil Deshpande, convenor of RSS, Rajan Navani of Jet Synthesis, Sanjay Chordia of Suryadutta were among the others who visited the Mission on Friday to mourn for Dada.

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Messages of the Prime Minister and the President were read out on the occasion
- President Ram Nath Kovind’s message: “Sad to hear of the passing of Dada JP Vaswani, a spiritual leader who contributed so much to our society. He dedicated his life to the betterment of humanity, promoting simple living, high thinking and education. My condolences to his countless followers.”
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message: “I am saddened beyond words on the passing away of Dada JP Vaswani. He lived for society and served the poor and needy with compassion. 

Blessed with immense wisdom, he was passionate about educating the girl child, cleanliness and furthering peace as well as brotherhood. Dada JP Vaswani was a guiding light for me. 

About 28 years ago, I had the honour of being with him at a world religions conference in USA. His clarity of thought stood out. In 2013 I had visited Pune to inaugurate a nursing college associated with him. 

In August last year, I had addressed the 99th birthday celebrations of Dada JP Vaswani. His blessings always gave me courage. I join the lakhs and lakhs of people whose lives were touched by Dada JP Vaswani in remembering him. 

His thoughts, teachings and social service efforts live on, highlighting the values he stood for and the work he did.”

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