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About Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation

Shri Morarji Desai, then Prime Minister of India, at the inauguration of JBF on 4th Nov., 1977

Humanitarian, freedom fighter, philanthropist, social reformer and a devoted Mahatma Gandhi follower, Jamnalal Bajaj was adopted as the fifth son by Gandhiji. He took an active part in the Indian freedom struggle, but his forte was constructive work propounded by Gandhi. Jamnalal also undertook pioneering work in the field of Go-seva (Cow protection), upliftment of the 'dalits' or the downtrodden, education of women, propagation of Hindi, spread of Khadi (hand spun and hand woven cloth) and the development of khadi and village industries.

The Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation was established in 1977, in the memory of Jamnalal Bajaj, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. It was inaugurated on 4th November, 1977 by Shri Morarji Desai, Prime Minister of India. For Shri Morarji Desai, it was a time for remembering the past with fondness and nostalgia. He blessed the Foundation for what it set out to do for the spread of philanthropy and promotion of Gandhian philosophy, values and constructive work.

In a message on the occasion of the 1982 Jamnalal Bajaj Awards Presentation Function, Smt. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India observed: "In order to realize our hopes, the spirit of service must widely permeate our society. Of late, there has been a tendency to look to the Government for lead, whereas the inspiration should come from people of the kind that the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation honours for their contribution to constructive work, the service of women and the application of modern and scientific knowledge to rural tribulations".

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