|Sri Girdharilal Bhargava speaking in Gulabi Nagar Vichar Manch|
|Dr. Ujla Arora, Founder|
|Speakers and Audience|
|Justice Irani awarding children at Gulabi Nagar Vichar Manch|
Today, June 26 is Establishment day of Gulabi Nagar Vichar Manch. We are thankful to our founders, all our speakers, journalists and especially the audience who helped us running and flourish this forum during our unbroken journey of thirty-two long years. We, at this moment, take the opportunity to thank all Jaipurites.
Late Dr. Ukala Arora (Sanskrit Education Minister, Rajasthan) was the founder of this forum along with Late Sri Girdharilal Bhargava (Six times Member of Parliament (MP- Loksabha) from Jaipur consecutively. I remember both of them with great respect. They founded the forum on June 26, 1983. Sri Raghunathdas Somani generously donated an amount of Rs. eleven thousand for running the cost of the forum and he was honored with Patronship.
The date was deliberately chosen to remember the black day of imposing Emergency on Indian democracy by Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. Right to freedom of speech was snatched from the people of India during the Emergency period. The Manch was started with a view to empower the citizens of Jaipur with freedom of speech.
The Manch has been organizing public meetings every Sunday since its inception. We chose a topic of public interest and invite a subject expert to speak on the topic. The audience used to exercise their right to ask questions, bring their problems or suggest some solutions. All the audience are free to speak in this forum.
Large numbers of dignitaries adorned the Chair as Chief speaker or to Preside over the meetings. We had Chandrashekhar, former Prime Minister of India, Admiral VS Shekhawat, Hon'ble MG Mukherjee, Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court, Hon'ble Justice VS Dave, reverend Jagatguru Shankaracharya and many others dignified personalities among us.
We have already met more than 1600 times on all Sundays during our journey of 32 long years. Entry is free for all and we request everyone to come and join the forum.
(Vardhaman Gems, Jaipur represents Centuries Old Tradition of Excellence in Gems and Jewelry)