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Not in Blood but in Bond: Mahesh Savani is a proud father of 472 daughters

Mahesh fosters 472 young women who have lost their fathers and helps them get married and supports them throughout their married life

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Indian brides sit for a group photo before a mass wedding hosted by a diamond trader in Surat, India. Image source: (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
  • Mahesh Savani was inspired to help fatherless daughters after his brother died
  • This year in 2016, 216 of his daughters will be married
  • Savani is now able to foster 472 young women who have lost their fathers

AHMEDABAD: A staggering number that leads many people to question, how? Mahesh Savani, a businessman, is the proud father of 472 daughters. Not in blood but in bond. These daughters are not biologically his; rather, he serves as a generous father figure to these girls.

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Mahesh Savani lost his brother years ago. This left Savani not only heartbroken, but his two nieces were left without a father; Savani stepped in. This moved him to think of other girls who are left without a father. He says, “It is challenging for a woman who has lost her husband to get her daughter married.” Hina Kathiriya, whose father passed away six years ago got married in 2015, she says, “Mahesh papa is just a message away when we need him,” said the TOI report.

Mahesh Savani. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Mahesh Savani. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Savani’s interests range from realty, to school, and diamonds; a family business. He comes from the Raparda village of Bhavnagar, where his father came 40 years earlier. Originally his father was a diamond polisher, eventually turning into a unit. This unit is still in the family name, and is very prosperous.

According to TOI, Savani is now able to foster 472 young women who have lost their fathers. He helps them get married and supports them throughout their married life. Since the family business is successful, Savani can afford to spend over Rs 4 lakh on each daughter’s wedding. The girls get everything they need in order to start a home; clothes, utensils, and electronics. They also receive silver and gold. This year alone, Savani will help 216 girls get married. He does not prejudice against different religions, or different castes.

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“Mahesh papa is more than a father to me. I wish every girl in the world gets a father like him,” said Naheda Banu. She lost her father when she was just a child, and she married Arif in 2014.

-prepared by Abigail Andrea is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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24 years after Converting his Faith to Islam, 52-year-old Sheshadri from Mysore Returns to Hinduism

What was the reason for his conversion from Islam to back to his original religion Hinduism?

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Sheshadri originally belonged to a Brahmin family
(Representative image) Sheshadri originally belonged to a Brahmin family. Wikimedia
  • Sheshadri lost his mother when he was only 2 years old and he also lost his father while he was studying in class 10
  • No one from his community came to help him and to survive he had to take odd jobs at hotels in Mysore and Bengaluru 
  • He adopted Islam religion as he developed a liking for that religion

 Mysore, Karnataka, August 25, 2017:  Sheshadri, an old man from Mysore who is  59 yrs old and earlier belonged to a Brahmin family and Shree Vaishnava Pantha Brahmin community. He later adopted Islam religion. Now, after a long duration of time, Sheshadri and his 20-year-old son Syed Ateek have converted back to Hinduism.

Here’s how a Brahmin man who first converted to Islam and later came back to his own religion- Hinduism:

  • Sheshadri is a resident of Jakkanahalli (a small village which falls in Mandya district) town Shree Ranga Pattana in Karnataka. His profession is that of a lorry driver in Mandya.
  • His father’s name was late B Govindaraju, who was a priest and follower of Ramanujacharya, a Hindu theologian and held a belief in Vishishtadvaita (non-dualistic school of Vedanta philosophy).
  • His mother’s name was Kamalamma, who was a Shaiva Brahmin and follower of Adi Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta (a type of Hindu philosophy and religious practice, they believe that their soul is not really different from God). 
  • But his parents didn’t have an easy life as they had to leave the town as the community opposed their marriage.

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  • Sheshadri didn’t have a normal childhood. He lost his mother when he was only 2 years old and he also lost his father while he was studying in class 10.
  • During those tough days no one from his community came to help him, to survive he had to take odd jobs at hotels in Mysore and Bengaluru.
  • In 1993, he started working as a lorry driver with Syed Keezer from Kollegala. At that time, Sheshadri adopted Islam religion as he developed a liking for that religion.
  • Sheshadri married Fahmida, who was a relative of Syed Keezer and with her, he had two sons- Syed Ateek and Syed Siddiq.
  • But even his marriage didn’t last long as Fahmida left Sheshadri 2 years ago because of some conflict and after it, she started living with her parents and took her younger son Syed Siddiq along with her.
  • This event affected him in a huge way, leaving him frustrated and thus he decided to convert back to the religion he originally belonged to that is Hinduism.
  • His elder son Syed Ateeq joined him in conversion and changed his name to Harshal.
  • Sheshadri talked about the reason for conversion from Islam to Hinduism. According to Banglore Mirror report, he said “I embraced Islam and married a Muslim woman due to restrictions from our community. I was always eager to come back to Hinduism. I will now persuade my wife and the other son to convert to Hinduism.”
  • There was a Ghar Waapsi (homecoming) programme held for Sheshadri, conducted by Pramod Mutalik, Sri Ram Sene chief at the Arya Samaj Mandir, Mysore.

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Supreme Court of India to Announce Triple Talaq Case Verdict Today

The verdict will determine if Islam can enforce triple talaq as fundamental to the practice of religion

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Supreme Court is set to announce the verdict on triple talaq. Wikimedia
  • The Supreme Court will announce its verdict on triple talaq in India on Tuesday
  • Chief Justice JS Khehar heads the constitution bench of the jury
  • It will determine if triple talaq is fundamental to Muslim religion or not

New Delhi, August 22, 2017: The Supreme Court of India is set to announce its verdict on the triple talaq case that has gripped the nation since past few months.

The verdict is said to be a historic decision and will decide if the practice of triple talaq is fundamental to the Islamic religion.

Chief Justice JS Khehar heads the bench that comprises of five judges. After six days of the hearing, the bench had held its verdict on May 18. The verdict will determine if Islam can enforce triple talaq as fundamental to the practice of religion.

Other esteemed names in the jury include R F Nariman, Kurian Joseph, S Abdul Nazeer and U U Lalit. All the five justices come from different religious backgrounds.

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Among the petitioners are Muslim women who label triple talaq as simply unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court had already acknowledged during the hearing that triple talaq as a way of ending the marriage was “not a desirable” form.

Many legal experts have raised their voice against the Islamic practice, including the likes of Ram Jethmalani.

Other experts on the other hand, like Kapil Sibal, claim that the basis on which the practice is founded is the faith which cannot be simply changed.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394


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“The Only Thing that is Constant is Change” : 5 Life Transitions People Go Through

Listed Below are five life transitions that we can eventually expect in our own lives

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We often have to make difficult choices in our lives. Pixabay
  • Change is inevitable and it mostly occurs Just when you think you’re getting comfortable
  • Life does not allow to remain in a stagnant place for long
  • Life is like a roller coaster ride, showing us its ups and downs

New Delhi, July 31, 2017: Change cannot be ignored or stopped. The life transitions occur as soon as we start getting comfortable. Life is like a rollercoaster, taking you up and down, a ride full of love, tears, and laughter. Life always wants us to learn from our mistakes and grow whether we’re about to take a career decision, taking care of parents, preparing for a new baby or are emerging out of depression.

Life refuses to let us remain at a stagnant comfortable place whether it is intentional or we’re forced to make a directional change. There exists a learning curve to prepare for the sudden changes in life, but anticipating change is half the war. The worst thing is getting comfortable because it means life will soon come to wobble things up. Listed below are five life transitions that we can relate to and expect to come eventually.

Life often gives us various difficult options to choose from. Pixabay

“Leaving the Nest”
Each infant bird comes into this world encompassed by the solace and insurance of a supporting home. The child eaglets’ folks accommodate them, bring sustenance, and keep predators away. In any case, at that point, something horrendous happens. The guardians start to turn that once comfortable home into a thorny, tight space that compels them to jump out and spread their wings. Everybody experiences this same progress of giving up and wandering into the obscure. The way toward taking off just happens when we take a leap of faith and bounce out of our comfort zone.

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“Self Discovery”
Discovering your identity is an imperative groundbreaking stride. Each individual must be acquainted with their actual selves. It’s the core of your most profound goals, the divine examples throughout your life, and connections that demonstrate to us our identity. This life progress pushes us into another reality of our identity and makes the direction of that individual rise. The disclosure of your identity is a discovery we each must find for ourselves.

“Marriage and family”
To wed or not to wed, that is the issue. Each individual settles on the choice to either begin a family or live in singleness. Marriage and family are a life changing decision that we face and need to choose what that implies for us. Will our faith manage our answer? Will we cut out our own particular way or conflict with the grain? Choosing to join your life to another person’s and bring new lives into the world is a noteworthy life change.

“Finding purpose and your life work”
What on earth am I here for? We all experience a stage in life where we crave to answer this question. Giving life a feeling of reason, direction, and bearing achieves more noteworthy significance to our individual lives. Healthy, all encompassing living includes strolling deliberately in your extraordinary divine calling.

“The comfort zone challenge”
All great comfort zones must arrive at an end. Life will never give you a chance to get excessively comfortable and exactly when you think you have everything in order, you will be defied with something that challenges your familiar, recognizable solaces. Try not to battle back, yet rather give in. Figure out how to channel the uneasiness of progress into profitable energy that moves you into the following level.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025