This happy news comes to us from Chandigarh, India.
Awarded and honoured with the fourth highest civilian award in India, Shri Jagdish Lal Ahuja aged 85 has been providing free food to patients as well as their attendants sine two decades.
Categorised under the social work section, Ahuja ji has been organising langar for more than 500 poor people everyday for the last 20 years. He has been given the name ‘langar baba’ for his nobel deeds.
Serving poor patients outside the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) since 2000, Ahuja ji also moved to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in the year 2001. He has been organising langars since 1981 all across Chandigarh and it was in 2000 that he decided to feed the poor patients outside PGIMER.
The poor people stand in long queues for getting the free meal that includes chapati, rice, dal, banana and halwa. There is also a provision to serve snacks and biscuits to cancer patients and children are made happy with toffees and balloons. The arrangement in GMCH is made during the afternoon.
Ahuja ji was treated for cancer at the PGIMER in 2000 and it was only then that he decided to start langar services outside the hospital. Around 2500 people are fed on everyday basis.
Having faced a lot of hardships when he was mere 12 years old, Ahuja Ji who was born in Peshawar, Pakistan had to live on the Mansa Railway station after the partition of India and Pakistan. Despite living in poverty, he made up his mind to do something or the other in order to earn bread and not beg for meals.
He started with selling chana on the railway station itself. There was another phase when he sold bananas and candies in buses in Patiala and then came a phase where he sold bananas in the outer areas of Chandigarh.
His passion to earn and eat made him a billionaire and one fine evening while celebrating his son’s birthday, reality hit him hard. Ahuja Ji felt broken when he realised that innumerable people are sleeping hungry and his family including him is having a lavish feast. That very day the langar thought was born in his mind. A hero in today’s time, Ahuja Ji deserves all the respect and honour from everyone and he truly is a man the current generation must look up to.
Image Source: The Logical Indian