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Mohanji, a renowned humanitarian and philanthropist, was awarded the ‘Mahaveer Award’ by the Indian Vegetarian Society, a prominent institution of the Jain community at an event held at the Nehru Centre in London.
The prestigious award is conferred upon those who do exemplary work to reduce the suffering of animals and instill compassion in the hearts of humankind. Past winners of the award include renowned names such as Baba Ramdev, Dada Vaswani, Mata Amritanandamayi among others.
The award was presented on 28 June by the founder, Nitin Mehta MBE, who appreciated Mohanji’s untiring efforts to promote a cruelty-free lifestyle around the world.
The evening’s program was initiated by the director of the Nehru Centre, Amish Tripathi. Tripathi, in his address, commented on how Mohanji’s work uplifts all beings during these challenging times on earth, highlighting that Mohanji is a true ‘Friend to the World’, the title of the recently launched coffee table book commemorating Mohanji’s decade of selfless service.
Next on agenda for the program were the presentations of some marquee projects led by Mohanji. The presentations also showcased the ACT4Ukraine humanitarian initiative, which is actively supporting those affected in Ukraine, by working with local officials, schools, children and mothers displaced directly in Ukraine. The initiative is a collaboration between the Mohanji-founded platforms of ACT Foundation (www.actfoundation.org, founded in 2003), Mohanji International Foundation (www.mohanji.org) and ACT4Hunger. ACT4Ukraine’s activities are based out of the recently established ACT Foundation humanitarian hub in Romania.
Another project that was highlighted during the presentation was the Fruit Tree Plantation Drive, a sustenance movement launched by Mohanji, which has planted over 70,000 trees globally and will be carrying out more plantation drives in the UK. The presentation also offered a glimpse of the various global platforms founded by Mohanji, all dedicated to adding value in their unique purposes.
Mohanji, during his speech, spoke about his fundamental teaching of “Be You” – i.e. the essence of leading a life of authenticity and embracing one’s true nature. This was followed by a question-answer session between Mohanji and the audience. The session was facilitated by Harendra Singh Jodha, chair of the Rajasthan Association UK.
Mohanji describes himself as a friend of the world with a sole aim to shift humankind to being kind. He states “My religion is humanity and my practice is ahimsa (non-violence)”. For over a decade he dedicated his life to serving the world. He has founded various charities and non-profit organizations that act as platforms for people to express their kindness and compassion through selfless acts that add value to society.
The Mohanji Foundation, with its headquarters in Switzerland, is present across 6 continents, registered in 17 countries and has an active presence in over 90 countries.