CHENNAI: The entrepreneurial spirit of Rajasthanis had taken them all over the country and abroad, but they had always integrated themselves with the local situation and contributed to society, Assam Governor Shiv Charan Mathur said on Sunday.
“There is a saying that “Wherever the gaadi (vehicle) goes, the Marwari also goes.” While business has been an important reason for the migration, Rajasthani merchants have also contributed to their place of occupation through social service,” Mr. Mathur said, speaking at a function organised by the Rajasthani Association Tamil Nadu to mark ‘Rajasthan Diwas,’ which falls on March 30 and marks the founding of the State in 1949.
He distributed the Rajasthan Ratna Award to R.G. Bhuradia, and K. Chunnilal Jain, who were cited as having served the community through their work in education for more than 25 years. Abhaya Kumar Srisrimal, Ashok Kumar Mehta and Gopal Agarwal received the Rajasthan Shree award for serving the community for over 10 years in different respects.
Gulab Kothari, chief editor, Patrika Group of publications, said the award winners were living examples of how migrants should retain their culture while serving their immediate society. He pointed out that only the negation of the seed helped in the creation of the tree, and said that social service was also born out of the same principle where the present generation worked for the good of all future generations.
He also said that in concentrating only on making more money, people in society were losing contact with others in it. If the same state of affairs continued, he warned that there wouldn’t be anyone worthy to receive the Rajasthan Ratna and Rajasthan Shree awards.
P.D. Maheshwari, president, Rajasthani Association Tamil Nadu, Nitin Sogani, general secretary, and N. Sugalchand Jain, chairman-award committee, and other members of the association released a directory of Rajasthani businesses in Chennai. A cultural programme “Jai Jai Rajasthan” was conducted at the end of the awards ceremony.