Celebrated on the 9th October of every year, In fond memory of Natwar Thakkar, founder of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, on his birth anniversary, for his passion and commitement to serve the community in the footsteps of Gandhi-ji and the selfless service he rendered for the whole society during his lifetime. The Noble Deeds Day is celebrated by carrying out a noble act, an act of kindness, however small it may be, to help someone who is less privileged. A small show of kindness in a world like today can mean a lot to the people who need it
Chuchuyimlang village in Mokokchung district of Nagaland celebrated the 88th birth anniversary of Padmashree Natwar Thakkar, founder of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram on 9th October 2020. The day is celebrated as Noble Deeds’ Day following a declaration made in 2019 by the Chuchuyimlang Village Council to perpetuate the legacy of Late Natwar Thakkar, a Gandhian social worker who made Chuchuyimlang his home as early as 1955. Thakkar, by establishing the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, endeavoured to usher in an atmosphere of peace and promote socio-economic development amongst the Naga tribals through Gandhian lines for more than six decades till he breathed his last on 7th October 2018.
Last year the ashram had celebrated the Noble Deeds Day by organising a blood donation camp and free eye check-up camp for the community members on the 9th and 10th of October. This year too the ashram followed the tradition of celebrating the Noble Deeds’ Day by honouring People with Disabilities of the village by felicitating them with a hamper of immune booster and healthcare items that was prepared by the ashram workers.
The Noble Deeds’ Day this year was marked by a memorial service organised in honour of the veteran Gandhian at the premises of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, which was also attended by participants from across the country and abroad through virtual platform, where rich tributes were paid to the great soul. Physically, the event was attended by Community leaders, Church officials and other prominent citizens of Chuchuyimlang.
A major highlight of theoccasion was the announcement by, Dr. Aotoshi, Managing Trustee of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram (NGA), that an educational institution by the name of Nagaland Mahatma Gandhi University (NMGU) would be established in the village which the District Planning and Development Board of Mokokchung has already approved. Another highlight was a generous donation of Rs. 5 lakhs by The Hans Foundation, New Delhi towards establishment of an Old Age Home at Chuchuyimlang. Announcing the donation through live video conference from New Delhi, Lt. Gen. S.M. Mehta (Retd.), CEO of The Hans Foundation, a philanthropic organisation, said “we are doing our bit of noble deed by making a small contribution towards fruition of a long-cherished dream of Late Natwarji in establishing a house for the care of the elderly”. He also announced that the organisation would provide financial assistance for creation of world class infrastructure for Nagaland Mahatma Gandhi University to be implemented by NGA, which has been a long cherished dream of Late Thakkar.
Prof. R.R. Singh, former Director of TISS, Mumbai and Head of School of Social Work, Delhi University, who is also the architect of Social Work Education programme initiated by the Ashram at Chuchuyimlang, reminisced his association with Shri Thakkar. The internationally acclaimed octogenarian teacher reiterated his full-time service for creation of Nagaland Mahatma Gandhi University being promoted by Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang.
Earlier in the day, citizens of the village based in different parts of the country, in their own respective creative manners, took to carrying out charitable activities to mark the occasion.