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Making Raj Bhavan people-oriented need of hour

   By Vijay Darda | 06-09-2022

Guv Bhagat Singh Koshyari completes three years in office; three books released

Vijay Darda

As governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari completed three years in office on Monday, three books were released at a function held at Raj Bhavan to mark the occasion. Koshyari asserted that making Raj Bhavan people-oriented is the need of the hour.

Former governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik, former governor of Nagaland Padmanabha Acharya and chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda were the chief guests on this occasion.

Speaking further, Koshyari said Maharashtra is a land with numerous sources of inspiration. This land has given a host of saints like Sant Dnyaneshwar, Sant Tukaram on one hand, and great warrior leaders like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Today, when India has become the fifth largest economy in the world, it is important to think about what we can do for the last person in the society, he added.

Koshyari also underlined the need to make the Raj Bhavan more people-oriented. In his address, Ram Naik suggested that like Koshyari, other governors should also publish their work reports. Padmanabha Acharya also expressed his views.

On this occasion, Ravikumar Arak, the author of the book ‘Lokneta Bhagat Singh Koshyari’, the compiler of the governor’s speeches Dr Medha Kirit, Dr Amit Jain of Chanakya Publishing House, former MP Kirit Somaiya, industrialists Ashok Hinduja and Niranjan Hiranandani, vice chancellor of Mumbai University Suhas Pednekar, Bharat Dabholkar,  Pro VC Dr Ravindra Kulkarni, vice chancellor of Homi Bhabha State University Dr RK Kamat, vice chancellor of Skills University Dr Apoorva Palkar and others were prominent among those who graced the occasion.


Koshyari is ‘People’s Governor’: Vijay Darda

There have been many governors, but you will always be remembered by the people of Maharashtra as the ‘People’s Governor’, said Vijay Darda, praising governor Koshyari.

Highlighting the governor’s contribution, Darda said the Raj Bhavan was never open to public. But the present governor opened it for everyone.

“Maharashtra saw you climb up to Shivneri Fort and you proved what an 80-year young can do,” Darda said, adding, “you have visited 36 districts of Maharashtra. The work you have done during the coronavirus pandemic is simply exceptional. You took the initiative to preserve the Marathi language by learning it. You took the oath of office of governor in Marathi.”

Darda further said, “you have shown that language plays an important role to learn about culture and civilisation,” evoking spontaneous applause from the audience.


The books released

The three books released on this occasion included a coffee table book titled ‘Triennial Report’ based on Koshyari’s three year tenure as the governor of Maharashtra, a biographical Marathi book titled ‘Lokneta Bhagat Singh Koshyari’ and a Hindi book titled ‘Rajyapal Ke Roop Mein Bhagat Singh Koshyari Ke Chuninda Bhashan’ which is a collection of Koshyari’s select 27 speeches as governor.

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