Yesterday came with a pleasant news. Shri Maheish Girri was appointed as the new National Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party. I immediately called Maheish Bhaiya (I call him bhaiya) to congratulate him but as expected, his phone was busy. I cut the line. In next 5 minutes, I got a call from his number. “Haan bhai Rahul, phone kar rha tha!” “Bhaiya badhai ho, aap Rashtreeya Mantri ban gye!” “Haan yaar, thank you. waise main akela nhi, poori team Maheish Girri ki uplabdhi hai ye. Hum sabne sath me mehnat ki hai. Baki mujhe to pata bi nahi kya kaam hota hai Rashtreeya Mantri ka, maine adhyaksh ji ko bola hai ki jaisa sangathan chaahega, waisa karunga! Chal, wapis aa k milte hain!”
After cutting the call, I started thinking about him. Life of bhaiya has always fascinated me. A 17 year old child leaves home, to search answers for his unending questions. In his own words – “how does a small plant becomes a tree, how a bud becomes a flower. Who drives this earth and so on ..” To get answer of these questions, he left home at age of 17 and traveled all across India from a small Maharashtra town of Nashik to the Himalayas in North. Then at a young age of 25, became peethedheesh of a big dharmasthan in Gujarat. Then one fine day, after meeting His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar, decides to leave the mutt and became an Art of Living teacher.
In Art of Living too, Maheish Bhaiya did something which didn’t happened ever before. He conducted some of the biggest ever Art of Living courses in various parts of country. His pravachans and speeches were popular all across nation. Over a lakh people gathered to listen to him in each of 19 Mantranaad events that were organised in various districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan & Maharashtra. To spread awareness against female foeticide, he took a 2000 km long Sneh Sanjeevani Yatra across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Bihar.
In Delhi, the first project which Maheish Girri ji took in his hands was the ‘Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna’ abhiyan which was focused at cleaning of river Yamuna. Thousands of Art of Living volunteers worked for a clean yamuna. A detailed project report for this was sent to the government as there are certain things which citizens can’t do. But it fell on deaf years. In 2010, when the whole news world was filled with the stories of stinking corruption in Commonwealth games, he decided to take out Clean Delhi drive.
In 2012, Maheish Girriji decided to work in East Delhi to develop it as a model district. Several initiatives started taking shape in East Delhi. He traveled to each and every slum of East Delhi to know their problems. 108 medical camps were organised in East Delhi, followed by 150+ eye & ear camps where free hearing aids and spectacles were distributed to people. His popularity inspired BJP to offer him a ticket in 2014 loksabha elections which he won with a handsome margin.
Since his win, I have seen Maheish bhaiya working day and night for East Delhi and the well being of the citizens. Several new projects have been initiated, many out of which have started taking shape. I remembered when I first told him about the land which was vacant for construction of IP university campus in East Delhi,since that day he started following up on that issue, finally resulting in foundation laying for the campus in December, a project which was pending for last 13 years! There are so many similar stories – Sarita Vihar underpass, Barapullah extension, Transit Oriented Hub in Karkarduma, Lake city near Sanjay Jheel and many more. It’s his continous dedication for the party and people of East Delhi, that in his own words, inspire him to work harder & harder continously, may be this was seen by central leadership of the BJP before appointing him as the National Secretary of the BJP.
All the Best Maheish Bhaiya! I am sure you will again prove yourself and will fulfil expectations of the leadership and the nation as a whole!