Shri Murli S. Deora, who passed away this morning (November 24, 2014) was a Trustee and Vice-President of Bhavan for nearly a decade. Shri Murli Deora has been associated with Bhavan from his student days. He was a student of Bhavan's College in Mumbai and came into contact with Kulapati Munshiji as a student leader. Since then, Shri Murli Deora had been one of the most dynamic members of the Bhavan's Family. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Bhavan's Gandhi Institue of Computer Technology in the development of which, his contribution had been most vital. It was Shri Murli Deora, who introduced the American philanthropist, Shri Bill Gates to Bhavan and was instrumental in the Gandhi Institute receiving a large donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He had also brought donations for the Gandhi Institute from the several Institutes in India. Whenever a need arose, Shri Murli has always devoted his time, energy and experience for the work of furthering the ideals and values of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
It would be instructive to remember that Kulapati Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshi founded the Bhavan a full decade before the advent of Independence. 7th of November 1938 was the beginning of an 'Adventure in Faith'. A faith in India's Past, Present and Future. The founding of Bhavan was based on the preservation and propagation of Bharatiya Sanskriti (Indian culture) and Sanskrit, the mother of languages, the akshaya patra - the inexhaustible reservoir. This unpretentious endeavour was backed by Kulapati Munshi's amazing pragmatism. Over the years from being a modest Indological research institution, it has steadily grown into a comprehensive, co-operative, apolitical, national movement with an international outlook. It seeks to inculcate a value-based life. The promotion of ethical and spiritual values in everything that it does..
"... Our country will soon be the knowledge hub of this century. "
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is the only comprehensive organization of its kind in India and perhaps the only one in the world.
Multi-dimensional programmes ...
devoted to life itself as it were.
... Bhavan's large and growing extended family continues to grow. It steadfastly adheres to the Vedic ideal:
"Let noble thoughts come to us from every side."
Recognitions and Awards
Educational Institution of National Eminence
International Gandhi Peace Prize
Communal Harmony Award
Rajiv Gandhi Award for National Integration
"...values are embedded in our national outlook.
We command the respect of the world because of them."
To Bhavan, Indian Culture is composite and comprehensive and includes the cultures of all religions and communities. It believes in the fusion and synthesis of the basic ideals and tenets of all faiths ... and an equal respect for all religions.
"Harmony of all faiths. Sarva Dharma Samabhavana."