For the past
15 years, JAINA’a Virchand Raghavji Gandhi Committee (VRG Committee) has been
working hard to showcase and recognize the outstanding contributions of
Virchand Raghavji Gandhi to the Western world, India and the Jain community.
Few of his accomplishments include:
Jain emissary to represent Jainism at the First Parliament of World Religions
Conference held in Chicago in 1893.
negotiated the abolition of poll tax on Jain pilgrims at Satrunjay-Palitana
Rs. 40,000 and shiploads of grain from US to India during the worst famine of
many articles and books in Gujarati and English on topics of social and
the Gandhi Philosophical Society, the Society for the Education of Women in India (SEWI), the School of Oriental Philosophy, and the Jain Literature
Society in London.
After many years of efforts and pursuits by VR Gandhi Committee; World
Jain Confederation of Mumbai (WJC); and philatelists Pradip Jain of Patna and Mahesh Gandhi, the Government
of India finally released the First Day Cover and Stamp on November
8, 2009 to
honor this great hero.
The stamp release ceremony was held at the Patkar Hall in Mumbai. The function
was attended by a host of Jain dignitaries, guests and community leaders from
India and abroad including - Post Master of Maharashtra and Goa; philanthropist
Mrs. Birla; granddaughter of VR Gandhi;
Pujya Amrendar Muni; Dr. N. P. Jain; Dr. Kumarpal Desai; Pratapbhai
Bhogilal; Arun Mehta, President of WJC; Chetan
Kashyap, Secretary of WJC; Dr. Bipin Doshi
of JITO; Mahesh Gandhi; Kirit Daftary, Past President of JAINA; Pravin
C. Shah, VR Gandhi Committee Chairman; Dr. Dhiraj Shah, Past President of JAINA;
and many others. This function was blessed with the presence of Param Pujay Nay
Padamsagarji Maharajsaheb. A formal presentation of Ph.D. thesis on VR Gandhi
was also released simultaneously.
JAINA contributed $10,000 to
partially cover the expenses of stamp release and the function. JAINA will
receive 750 kits containing First Day cancelled cover, a stamp and a brochure
in a handsome presentation booklet. The booklet will be distributed to all the
donors who have contributed for this event. Additional booklets can be
purchased from JAINA. This will be a rare commemorative item for a stamp
collector, a Jain Historian, and/or a Jain Center library. For further information, visit