Image source: The Indian Portrait
How many of us know this great personality?
The question here is, do we really know our history? Our legends?
This Indian Maharaja has a school named after him in capital of Poland (6100+ km away from where he was born)
Still can’t recognize? Read on:
He is Maharaja Digvijay Singh Jadeja.
During the second world war, Poland was torn apart and a large number of people were held captive in concentration camps. Their children were left orphans. Somehow, 600+ polish people (mainly women and children) managed to escape. However, they were refused entry by many European and Asian ports like Seychelles, Aden etc. The ship continued to sail & somehow reached a harbor port in Iran. There as well, they did not get permission to enter. Finally they reached the then port of Bombay, India. Earlier, the British governor did not allow them to enter. The maharaja pressurized the British government to allow the refugees to enter. Frustrated by the lack of empathy and the unwillingness of the government to act, the Maharaja ordered the ship to dock at Rosi port in his province.
The Jamsaheb Digvijay Singh Jadeja School. (the board reads in polish)
When they arrived in Nawanagar, they were welcomed by the Maharaja himself. He said “Don’t consider yourselves orphans. You are now Nawanagaris and I am Bapu, the father of all Nawanagaris, including you all,”
The Maharaja not only welcomed the refugees but also made special accommodations, built schools, medical facilities and other basic necessities. Later on the rulers of Patiala, Baroda and some business houses like Tata came forward to help the refugees and raised over Rs 6,00,000 (which was huge during 1942–1945). More camps were set up in nearby places like Balachadi. The Maharaja also coordinated with the Polish Government to take steps to impart education in Polish language apart from arranging for catholic priests to follow the religious mores of the refugees.
Classroom having Hindu Goddess in background.
During 1942 to 1948, around 20,000 refugees stayed and transited through the then India for a duration ranging from six months to six years.
Poland recently honored the king posthumously by “Commanders Cross of the Order of the Merit of the Polish Republic,” This is given for contributing to good foreign relations between Poland and other countries.
Good Maharaja’s Square” in Warsaw, Poland.
Image source: Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji – Wikipedia
The fact that we don’t tell our children about our legacy (legacy is more than a particular family, dynasty, ideology). No history text book covers this because we are too busy glorifying invaders.
Principal’s office having pic of maharaja on wall.
Source :How One Maharaja Helped Save the Lives of 640 Polish Children and Women During World War II(The Better India), A Maharaja in Warsaw(The Hindu)
Source : Quora
Answered by: Saraswat Rahul, 22 years on planet earth.