Roshan Lal Vashisht – April 2010

The Hindi daily Dainik Jagrancarried an article on Mr. Roshan Lal Vashisht – a cutting of which was sent in by Karan Sarin. We hope tohave an english translation of the article posted here soon [Editor: See below for the translation].

Dear Brother Cottonians,

For all those who missed the article, please find attached herewith the scanned image. Since I have limited copies of the same, I am sending one to Mr Gill, Mr Narinder Chauhan and Mr Arun Sawhney who I request may please pass them on.

I also request all who receive this mail , to please foreward this to others. This is thanks to all who have joint hands to make it possible.

Warm regards

Karan Sarin

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By Amar Singh, Dainik Jagran, Palampur

As narrated in the ancient books and mythological scripts about the GURU SHISHYA relationship, in this modern age as well, history repeats itself. The example of Eklavea paying back his guru Dronacharya for the education received by him in the form of sacrificing his thumb have not faded away till date. 

A similar example can be seen in a village near Palampur called Khalet. A teacher whose food and living is being looked after by his students who are at high designated posts. After lighting the lamps of knowledge in very well known institutions of the country, this teacher got lost in the dark, another example of Eklavea was set by his students. Apart from this teacher his only child , his son living with him has got a second life. Near Palampur , a village called Khalet , which had old eyes pleading for help for two square meals has now his eyes glowing back. After ages , Mr Roshan Lal Vashisht is now once again seeing the blossoms of spring in his ancesteral house. He is THE ROSHAN LAL VASHISHT who has taught at ST. PAULS SCHOOL PALAMPUR, BISHOP COTTON SCHOOL, SHIMLA, SAINIK SCHOOL KAPURTHALA and DAV SCHOOL in DELHI. His command over three major languages”ENGLISH, HINDI & SANSKRIT” has resulted in the making of laurels in every institution.

Vashisht was responsible for educating film stars like Kumar Gaurav .  Stars like RAJ KUMAR (JANI) are also fans of the revered teacher. What we write of him is much less than the introduction that he deserves.

Some of his students who have had the oppertunity of being blessed by him are MR GS GILL IPS DGP Himachal Pradesh , Mr Narinder Chauhan IAS, Mr TC Janartha, Mr Dharminder Goel, Mr Arun Sawhney, Mr D M Sud, Mr Sandeep Kakkar, Mr Karan Sarin. Others who have been associated to resettle Mr RLV are Mr Gopal Sood, Dr Ram. Prominent social workers in Palampur. 

Mr Vashisht retired in 1986 from Bishop Cotton School after which he, in-spite of having taught in various prominent institutions did not receive any help, or aid from any of the institutions that he had taught. That was when the dark days begun for him. 

His wife abandoned him leaving behind a son who was not stable. Mr Roshanlal at this age had to face the challenge of the survival of himself with his ill son. A totally abandoned ROSHAN LAL VASHISHT was surviving at the mercy of his neighbours.  

This is when OLD COTTONIANS ASSOCIATION & OCA  (HIMACHAL CHAPTER) came to his rescue and refurbished his living. This step changed his life standard.

OCA has organised not only his regular medical checkups but also a care taker who does his cleaning , washing and cooking.

As of now Roshan Lal Vashisht lives in a house renovated by the OLD COTTONIANS ASSOCIATION, healthy and happily as an example has been set by OCA of the GURU SHISHYA RELATIONSHIP. “

The above is the literal translation of the article, word by word. !!!!! FOR CONVENIENCE OF ALL!!!!!

Warm regards

Karan Sarin

Editor: take a look at Karin Sarin’s lovely resort in the mountains.

8 thoughts on “Roshan Lal Vashisht – April 2010

  1. Md.Tariq Maqsood.

    Hello Mr.Sarin,it broke my heart to read about Mr.Roshan.It’s been a long time and I am in no way connected to my old school(1976-78)now.Mr.Roshan was a thorough gentalman and thats why he has a place in everyone’s heart.Tell me how can I help him.I really appreciate what you are doing for the poor soul.May Allah bless you and give you the strength in your effort to help another human being.Mr. Sarin would you help me connect with some old friend online by providing me with an easy online address.I would appreciate that.Once again I thank you for your wonderful effort.Md.Tariq Maqsood.

  2. vijay bhalaik

    well done to all who contributed with time and money.
    warm regards
    Vijay Bhalaik
    Rivaz 76-86
    Liverpool, UK

  3. Karan Sarin

    Dear Mr Sodhi,

    Thanks for your praise. We are all very grateful to all those who have contributed in cash and kind. We request for continued support.

    warm regards

    Karan sarin

  4. Vikram Singh Sodhi C-1962-71

    Well Done OCA Himachal & all those OC’s who have contributed to improving the living conditions for Mr Roshan Lal.

  5. Uday Singh Jubbal

    Keep it up, felow O.C.’s, I’m glad that our contributions could give Roshey (as he was called when I was at BCS) a better life……….

    Uday Singh Jubbal.

  6. Karan Sarin

    Dear Brother OCs,
    This has been possible only because of your contributions and invaluable support. Let me put it this way “thoughtfulness is appreciated and expected again” without which nothing would have been possible.
    An editorial (with its english translation to follow) based on the article is being posted to Anil Advani which will be circulated through the webmaster.
    Warm regards
    Karan Sarin, Ibbetson

  7. Anil [Ibbetson 1960-70]

    Great to see the results from the funding, effort, love and dedication of charitable OCs. THREE CHEERS! to those who made this happen and brightened the life of Mr. Roshan Lal.

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