Information by Chandresh Dhiraj Gandhi (Great Grand son of Virchand Gandhi)
Ahmedabad (Gujarat), September 18, 2012: Due to constant concrete efforts of UK’s Institute of Jainology, Shree Nemu Chandaria (UK) ,Padamshree Dr. Kumarpalji Desai and generous support of Ahmedabad’s Hon’ble Mayor, finally Government has named a chowk at Ahmedabad (India) after Indian patriot Virchand Gandhi(1864-1901) who was possibly first gujarati youth to visit USA in 1893 for an international event .Virchand Gandhi represented Jainism and defended indian culture at this event and was equally famous as Swami Vivekanand and friend of Mahatma Gandhi. Attached Photographs of “Chowk Naming Ceremony” of Virchand Raghavji Gandhi (VRG) Chowk at Navrangpura Jn. Near Navrangpura Bus Stop Ahmedabad City held on 18th September 2012 at 10.30 AM at the hands of Hon’ble Shri Asitbhai Vora, Mayor of Ahmedabad in the presence of Padamshree Dr. Kumarpalbhai Desai, Shri Rakeshbhai Shah, MLA,(Alice Bridge Constituency of Ahmedabad City) Shri Chandreshbhai Gandhi (Great Grand son of VRG) , Shri Maheshbhai Gandhi (person because of whom Govt. of India approved Virchand Gandhi postal stamp proposal and issued stamps in past) , Smt. Preetiben Shah (Co-author of drama & book “Gandhi Before Gandhi”) , Shri Aravindbhai R. Doshi – (Trustee Bharat Varshiya Digamber Jain Tirth Kshetra Trust Mumbai- a prominent leader of Digamber Jain Community and Industrialist -M/s. Premier Automobiles Ltd.), Shri Shreyanshbhai Shah Owner of M/s. Gujarat Samachar, a daily Newspaper published from Ahmedabad and Trustee Sankheshwar Parshwanath Tirth Pedhi and other Jain dignitaries
Dr. Kumarpalbhai spoke on the life of VRG. A booklet on VRG was released by Mayor .
Shri Rakeshbhai Shah – MLA also spoke about the role of Government in encouraging
such Naming Ceremonies. Hon’ble Mayor spoke of the process at Corporation and how happy and lucky he was associating himself with such an event. Shri Chandreshbhai spoke about how VRG name was given as “Virchand”. Shri Maheshbhai proposed a vote of thanks . Memento consisting of 4 (four) books :
- The Yogo Philosophy – In English by VRG
- The unknown life of Jesus Christ – Translated from French to English by VRG
- The Jaina Philosophy by VRG in English
- Bharathiya Sankruti Atma in Gujarati and
- Stamp released Album
- Folder with Stamp FDC
- Booklet on VRG
- A postcard “Peeping Window” on the life of VRG
were presented to the Hon’ble Guest on the occasion.
This was followed by Naming ceremony of the Chowk by Hon’ble Mayor in the presence of dignitaries followed by light snacks. – News Courtesy: Pankaz Hingarh::/detailed_news::