The IST Staff Correspondent
Sydney, 18 August, 2018:
There was only one leader in Indian politics who rose above the party politics and made ‘Raj Dharm’ (State Duty) his motto. He was Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. He passed away on 16 August, 2018 in New Delhi. Indian Australiana organised a tribute (prayer meeting) at the ‘Grand Marion’ in Harris Park. The prayer meeting commenced with the garlanding of picture of the departed leader and floral tribute was offered by all those who attended the prayer meeting.
Dr. Yadu Singh gave a brief introduction of Atal ji’s life and politics. Poetry, written by Atal ji, was recited by Rekha Rajvanshi, Abbas Raza Alvi and Dr Prabhat Sinha.
Bhajans (devotional songs) were rendered by Shobha Ingleshwar and personal interactions, experiences and impressions were mentioned.
Key members of Indian Australian community participated in the ‘Shraddhanjali’ ceremony and offered their tribute and prayers for the peace to the departed soul. Prayers were also made to the almighty God to give courage to the departed leader’s family & friends to bear with this loss.
Every speaker mentioned that former Prime Minister was a unique leader with unparalleled political stature.
Dr. Singh thanked everyone for attending the ceremony. Mr. Sanjay Patel of Patel Brothers Group offered the venue ‘The Grand Marion’ and provided refreshments for the ceremony.