Date: 8/17/2004



Hindu swatantryavir smruti sansthanam, 1 Cavenham, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes, MK8 8JP, England.

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Press Release

The event honouring a great Indian freedom fighter, Pandit Shyamji Krishnavarma was held on Saturday 15 August 2004 at the former residence of Pandit Shyamji, 60 Muswell Hill Road, London. Mr Raminder Ranger, an Indian N.R.I business tycoon and son of a great freedom fighter, Martyr Nanak Singhji Ranger, unveiled the memorial plaque of Pandit Shyamji Krishnavarma. The beautifully handcrafted marble plaque embossed with semi-precious stone lettering was imported from India. Mr Ranger is currently in the process of launching a biography and motion picture on the life and martyrdom of his father.

Mr Hemantkumar Padhya, founder of Hindu Swatantryavir Smruti Sansthanam, welcomed the guests and honoured the memory of the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to emancipate India. He paid a special tribute to the martyrs and victims from Hindu and coreligionist faiths who were persecuted during the partition of India. Significantly the event took place on India’s Independence Day 57 years to the day.

Guest of Honour, Mr Ranger praised the work of Pandit Shyamji Krishnavarma, “It is a matter of pride that in the 19th Century there was one Indian, Shyamji who was so highly regarded by the elite British Educational Institution that he became the first person of Indian origin to gain a Masters Degree at Oxford. He did not rest there and even went on to establish the first hostel for Indian students in the UK”. He also praised the hard work and dedication of HSSS founder, Mr Hemant Padhya, who has devoted the last 7 years to reviving the memory of Pandit Shyamji Krishnavarma.

A commemorate 60gms Sterling Silver Coin was launched on the day in memory of Pandit Shyamji Krishnavarma and a colourful souvenir outlining the life and works of the great man.

Hindu Swatantryavir Smruti Sansthanam bestowed present owners of 60 Muswell Hill Road, London, Mr Colin & Mrs Sigrid McIntyre with the commemorative coin for their generosity and support, this was accepted on their behalf by their son, Mr Alex McIntyre.

Best wishes and apologies for being unable to attend the event were expressed by British Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Tony Blair, The Ambassador of the Irish Embassy, The Ambassador of Swiss Embassy in London, Mr Bruno Spinner Leader of Council Ville de Geneve, Monsieur Manuel Tornare & Acting executor of Pandit Shyamji Krishnavarma & his wife, Smt. Bhanumati Krishnavarma’ s Will in Switzerland, Monsieur Maurice Hess.

Indian High Commissioner or any representative from him did not attend the ceremony or have the decency to respond to the invitation which was sent to The High commissioner and Minister of Coordination in London over two months in advance. It is a big shame on HIGH COMMISSION AND HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA who have plenty of time to wine and dine and throw lavish party on the Independence Day but did not have any time or courtecy to pay tribute to a great freedom fighter who created other great freedom fighters like Madam Cama, Sardarsinh Rana, Madanlal Dhingra, Lala Hardayal, Vir Vinayak Savarkar and many more. The high commissioner of India in London has forgotten that their position and dignity in London as representative of Independent Bharat and his fat salary and luxurious life is due to the sacrifice rendered by the patriots like Pandit shyamaji Krishnavarma.

Dignitaries who attended the event were, Clrs. Mr Makanji & Mr Robert Hare of local Haringey Council, Mr Chunilal Chavda ex-Mayor of Brent Council & Rajendra Chopra, President of Hindu Cultural Society (Finchley) along with other leaders of various organisations.