अन्नदानं परं दानं विद्यादानमतः परम् । अन्नेन क्षणिका तृप्ति र्यावज्जीवं च
(Giving food to a person is a great deed, but giving vidyaa (education) is even better. The satisfaction (obtained) from food is momentary, but that (obtained) from vidyaa lasts a lifetime)
Ananya Pratap Singh recited this eternal Sanskrit shloka today to underscore the philosophy and spirit of RS Gas Peedit Punarvas Kendra – the Bhopal based not-for-profit organisation he heads. This voluntary organisation, was established for the gas victims of Bhopal and it continues to remain devoted to the cause of the hundreds of thousand victims who suffered irreversible damage when on the midnight of December 2 and 3, 1984 tonnes of deadly poisoness Methylisocyanate leaked into the atmosphere from the now abandoned Union Carbide pesticide plant in the capital of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh.
Ananya Pratap Singh was delivering the introductory remarks at a special function organised here today by RS Gas Peedit Punarvas Kendra to mark the Second Death Anniversary of his father late Alok Pratap Singh.
Alok Pratap Singh had devoted a major part of his life for the cause of the gas victims and till his last breath he continued to serve them by working ceaselessly to protect their legal and other rights, and to ensure for them proper medical attention, economic rehabilitation and a safe environment.
RS Gas Victims’ Rehabilitation Centre is an automatic corollary to the people’s movement for the rights of the Bhopal gas victims, which was launched by Alok Pratap Singh.
On this occasion, KARMA – the special annual publication of RS Gas Peedit Punarvas Kendra – was released by Alok Pratap Singh’s mother, Gayatri Devi. She is a renowned social worker and a former MLA.
The organisers today announced that in order to commemorate the memory of Alok Pratap Singh and his monumental work, they are starting a special “Alok Ahar Seva”. Under this charitable service, they would be offering nutritious meal at a subsidised price Rs. 5 each to the poor, underprivileged and malnourished children.
Prominent leaders, citizens and bureaucrats, including Bhopal Commissioner Ajatshatru Shrivastava, former MLA Ramesh Sharma Guttu Bhaiya, former city Mayor Deepchand Yadav, senior Congress leader Ashok Jain Bhabha and leading journalists LS Hardenia and Lalit Shastri paid rich tributes to Alok Pratap Singh and shared their experiences linked with teh gas disaster and the plight of the victims.