Friday 19 August 2022


The Independence Day celebrations this year were more significant because it is the 75th anniversary of India's Independence and it is being commemorated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' across the country. The Josh has been unprecedented all across India. 

The Official Website of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav says its an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of it's people, culture and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The official journey of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commenced on 12th March 2021 which started a 75-week countdown to our 75th anniversary of independence. The phrase Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav means elixir of energy of independence; elixir of inspirations of the warriors of freedom struggle; elixir of new ideas and pledges; and elixir of Aatmanirbharta. Therefore, this Mahotsav is a festival of awakening of the nation; festival of fulfilling the dream of good governance; and the festival of global peace and development. 

Veterans of Navy Foundation Mumbai Chapter celebrated the 76th Independence Day this year by being invited by various Schools and Colleges of Mumbai for their Flag hoisting besides doing the honour at their own societies….... A befitting ceremony was organised for Veteran Capt Rakesh Agrawala staying in Wadala by the residents of Bhakti Park. Our Committee member from Thane, Cdr Abhishek Kankan addressed the students of Singhania School Thane.  Cdr Nozar Engineer was invited by his Ville Parle Society to do the honours and educate the members on Submarine ops. Cdr AK Rastogi was invited for by Rotary Club for Flag Hoisting and Flagging off Eye Donation Awareness Car Rally at Borivali. Cdr SK Patnaik and Mrs Atasi Patnaik were both honoured as Chief Guests for the ceremony conducted by Powai English High School.

Har Ghar Tiranga

 Our relationship with the flag has always been more formal and than personal. Bringing the flag home collectively as a nation in the 75th year of independence thus become symbolic of not only an act of personal connection to the Tiranga but also an effort to nation-building. The idea behind the initiative was to invoke the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of the people and to promote awareness about the Indian National Flag.

 Meena Bakhshi Dutt , Sreshtha Dutta and I visited a few Veterans to share some glorious moments with them on the auspicious occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The recording is wonderfully compiled by Meena. Kindly double Click the link below to view.



To Celebrate the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,  Cdr Raj Dutta had been invited by Principal of BK Shroff college Kandivili, Dr Lily Bhushan, along with Meena Dutta, Anusuya Dutta and Sreshtha Dutta for their Flag hoisting. It was an unprecedented honour for us to share the Day with the students and staff of this elite institution run by KES (Kandivili Education Society) that was established in 1936 by the blessings of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The students and staff put in tremendous dedication and toiled hard for the spectacular show exhibited for the guests to marvel. The Program included wreath laying at 'Amar Jawan' memorial constructed at the KES grounds, NCC Guard and Parade inspection, NCC Song and address by Principal and dignitaries. This was followed by "Har Ghar Tiranga" song by tiny tots choreographed exceptionally well by their class teacher. The students under the guidance of NCC ANO Capt Mrunali Sawant, exhibited a spectacular Parade for the guests.

Naman to all the Freedom Fighters who struggled for our freedom, sacrificed their lives for a Free India....Naman to all the soldiers keeping our Borders secure...On behalf of President Navy Foundation Mumbai Chapter and all Veterans and Veer Naris of Navy Foundation Raj wished the staff and students a very Happy Independence Day.

What a wonderful culmination of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav it was (or is it the Beginning...) (Photos at the bottom)




Cmde Ramesh Kumar attended the Independence Day celebrations of Azaadi ka amrit mahotsav at St Francis Institute of Management and Research Borivali West as Chief Guest. The program included a flag hoisting ceremony, cultural program and elocution competition. The Chief guest addressed the students and faculty on completion and gave away the prizes for the elocution competition. The occasion was marked by high spirits of the participants and the staff. The Institute has taken some excellent initiatives with focus on environment and social issues.


Cdr Abhishek Kankan, NM was invited as Chief Guest for the Independence Day function at Sunitidevi Singhania School, Thane. Following the flag hoisting, a cultural program (patriotic songs, dance and speeches) was presented by the students. Cdr Kankan addressed the teachers and students to do their duties with Josh and Jazba to make Bharat - 'Sone ki Chidiya ' again.

 Cdr Kankan  hoisted the flag and addressed Veterans, residents and children of Brahmand Society, Thane in presence of local Corporator. An Independence Day March of about 2 kms was undertaken  with Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata ki Jai reverberating the air.


Mrs Shirley Pillay invited Cdr-At-Arms SK Patnaik and Mrs Atasi Patnaik for the Independence Day ceremony in her Powai English High School. The school put up an interesting cultural programme after which Cdr Patnaik delivered an impressive address motivating the children to join the Armed Forces.


 The Principal of Ryan International Global School Andheri, Mrs Saroj Anand invited our NFMC CM, Veer Nari Dr Kanta Mukherjee and Cdr Jasbir Singh for flag hoisting. Dr Kanta’s motivational talk inspired the Children to be honest citizens of our country. She enjoyed every moment in the company of young enthusiastic kids with radiant smiles. 



The Vijay Army School invited Cdr SK Jana for their Flag Hoisting function. Cdr Jana donated a large globe to the Commandant and the Principal for the benefit of the students of Vijay Army School who are aspiring to serve the nation.



Our NFMC outstation member, Capt S Siva Rama Krishna graced the occasion of Independence Day celebrations in Nirmala High School in Coimbatore. He was also invited by Residents welfare Society for Flag hoisting and prize distribution.


Cdr Alok Rastogi was pleasantly delighted to receive this letter of gratitude from the Rotarians.

 Please accept whole hearted acknowledgement and Appreciation for accepting our invitation and gracing the occasion of Flag hoisting and Flagging off Eye Donation Awareness Car Rally organized by our Eye bank on Independence Day. We always bow down to any army personnel for their service to country and this is the least we could do for your dedication.

 Your kind words of Motivation was really encouraging and everyone present were really moved. We would like you to spread message of Eye Donation to whoever you meet.

 On behalf of Chairman Rtn. Mayank Desai, Pres. Rtn. Premraj and entire family of Rotary Club of Borivli and Inner Wheel Club of Borivli, I am thankful to you for sparing your valuable time and do the honors.


In the past 17yrs Capt Rakesh Agrawala has been doing the honors of Unfurling  the National Flag  and Hoisting  the Tricolour on 26th January Republic Day and 15th August  Independence day in his Society, Mt Everest and Mt Alps , in the garden of Bhakti Park  and 3rd place is the Club House function.

He distributes  sweets to poor children who come to the function and motivates them to join the Defence  Services.

He and his spouse Neera attend these functions regularly and are felicitated by the organisors. Jai Hind 🙏Vande Mataram


   The Parsi Society Dhunbai Wadi invited Cdr Nozar Engineer for their Flag hoisting after which Cdr Engineer addressed the gathering and briefed them about his glorious moments in the Navy and the Submarine Arm.


   Surg Capt KM Shah celebrated the Amrit Mahotsav by hoisting the Flag at his Andheri Lokhandwala Society. It was double celebrations for the dynamic duo as his good lady  Mrs Daksha Shah celebrated her 75th Birthday on 14th Aug.  



YOGA FOR SCHOOLS: INS Sumedha is in the port of Fremantle, Australia 🇦🇺 for India's 75th Independence Day. The Commanding Officer and the officers of the ship came over to  our member of NFMC (Overseas from Perth) Capt Rajesh Mittal (01616-Y)(MUM-1143)  for High Tea. Mrs Praveena Mittal, coordinated for Ankit Kumar the Physical Training Instructor Of INS Sumedha to conduct a yoga class for the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) of the government of Western Australia on the morning of 15th Aug. This initiative is likely to trigger greater interest in yoga instructions in the public schools there.

 TARANGINI IN LONDON: Our senior NFMC Veteran VAdm Madan Jit Singh, PVSM, AVSM  (00614-W)(Retd)(MUM-0384), visited INS Tarangini in London on the 75 Anniv of Indian Independence.


 Western Naval Command successfully conducted a unique Mumbai Heritage run 0n 12 Aug 2022, as part of the ongoing *Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav* being celebrated across the country to mark the 75th Anniv of Indian Independence.

 The run started from Kalaghoda, went around GPO, CSTM, Flora Founrain, Churchgate, Marine Drive, Mantralaya and terminated at Gateway of India. The heritage run was open to public besides serving and retired personnel. A large number of NFMC Veterans participated inculding 74 yrs young Cmde Biman Mistry from Thane.

 Our NFMC Veteran and Colaba Committee member Cdr Dinesh Rai.NM (02726-W)(Retd)(NFMC- MUM 0702), 59 yrs, made NFMC proud by finishing Second in the above 56 yrs category in the 10 kms run. His spouse Mrs Archana Rai and daughter Ms Sakshi also participated. Kudos to WNC for a well conducted event.


Dep High Commissioner of Bangladesh H.E. Mr Chiranjib Sarkar invited a few Veterans and spouses at 1100 hrs on 15 Aug for our Independence Day / Bangladesh’s Martyrs Day prog in Taj President (Vivanta), Cuff Parade. The program included reading out of President / PM msgs and screening of Liberation documentary followed by delectable Buffet Lunch topped up with sweet Halwa and Kulfi. The Master of Ceremony was the elegant Ms Pooja Shinde. 

The ethos and passion for patriotism that was visible during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, is reflective of the glorious future that our country is blessed with. Together we shall ensure.

Sam No Varunah
Jai Hind. 

Sunday 14 August 2022



Honour to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honour, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.Abraham Lincoln

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell

In keeping with the ethos of ‘Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ being celebrated throughout our country on the occasion of 75th Independence Day of India, Dr Pramod Pandey, Nation Head of ‘Hindi Academy’ honoured prominent Veterans of Mumbai last year by the Governor of Maharashtra, H.E. Shri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. 

Continuing the tradition, this year too prominent Citizens engaged in Social Service to society were honoured in the Press Club by the Hindi Academy. NFMC was adorned with yet another Feather in its multicoloured Hat, when two of its members viz, Commander Angsuman Ojha (Founder Director of IESSCI) and Mrs Meena Dutta (Hon. Official Photographer of NFMC) were selected for the honour this year. The event was held in Press Club on 13 Aug 2022 in the evening, attended by select dignitaries of Mumbai and the media and Press. To grace this Annual event  the Chief guests invited were Dr Anuradha Majumdar (Dean Mumbai Univ), Cmde Biman Mistry, (our revered senior Veteran) and Dr Snehal Pinto (Dir Ryan International group of Institutions)  who were felicitated on stage and later distributed the coveted Awards.


1) Mrs Meena Dutta

 मीना दत्ता ने प्राचीन भारतीय सभ्यता में मास्टर्स डिग्री प्राप्त करने के पश्चात निम्न वर्ग के बच्चों को निशुल्क पढ़ाया। विशाखापत्तनम में अशोक विद्यालय में प्राध्यापक  रह चुकि है। राष्टरिय तैराकी मास्टर्स में  दो रजत पदको की विजेता रह चुकी है। महाराष्ट्र राष्ट्रीय कैडेट कोर के विद्यार्थियों को सांकृतिक प्रशिक्षण  प्रदान कियाजिस से महाराष्ट्र को गणतंत्र दिवस पर समस्त राज्यों में प्रथम स्थान प्राप्त हुआ। इन्हे  डी जीएन सी सी महाराष्ट्र ने सम्मानित किया  आजकल वे नौसैनिक व्यस्कों की समाज सेवा में व्यस्त हैं  एन एफ एम सी की वे  फोटोग्राफर है और निपुणता और सहजता से उस कार्यभार को संभाल रही हैं। समाज सेवा के इलावा इन्होंने पैरासेलिंगट्रेकिंगस्कीइंगऔर तैराकी में निपुणता हासिल की है।

2) Cdr Angsuman Ojha

कमाऺडर ॳगसुमन ओझा, २१ वर्ष, ने नौसेना में कार्यरत रहने के पश्चात IESECCI ki  स्थापना की, इससे उन्होंने सेनानिवृत सैनिकों की हर तरह से मदद की

आपने वकालत की डिग्री हासिल की और मुंबई उच्च न्यानालय में वकालत की। आप सैनिक ट्रिब्यूनल में फौजियों की वकालत भी करते हैं।

आपने अनेक सिविलियन और सैनिकों की जिंदगी को बेहतर बनाया।

आप के मार्गदर्शन में IESECCI को महाराष्ट्र सरकार ने कोविड योधा की उपाधि से सम्मानित किया।



*कार्यक्रम सूची*   


04:00 अतिथियों का आगमन

*कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत*

04:30 से 5:00 कवि सम्मेलन


* सम्मान कार्यक्रम *

(05:10 से 6:30)

05:10 अतिथियों का मंच पर आगमन

(डॉ. अनुराधा मजुमदार, डॉ. स्नेहल पिन्टो, श्री बिमन मिस्त्री तथा डॉ. आलोक चौबे, डॉ प्रमोद पाण्डेय)

05:15 अतिथि परिचय (डॉ. प्रमोद पांडेय)

05:25 अतिथियों का सम्मान

05:30 संस्था कार्यक्रम परिचय (डॉ. आलोक चौबे)

05:35 प्रमुख अतिथि कमोडोर बिमन मिस्त्री जी का मंतव्य

05:40 सम्मान वितरण समारोह

06:10 विशेष अतिथि- डॉ. स्नेहल पिंटो के दो शब्द... 

06:12 मुख्य अतिथि का भाषण (डॉ. अनुराधा मजूमदार)

06:22 आभार प्रदर्शन

06:28 राष्ट्रगान (National Anthem)

6:30 कार्यक्रम समाप्ति की घोषणा

The Program commenced with the address by Mr Alok Chaube, VP Hindi Academy, who sang a Patriotic song and initiated the Kavi Sammelan. Enthusiastic rendition of Poetry by famed Poet Mr Mukesh Gautam, instantly established a rapport with the audience and set the hall on laughter roar. It was followed by address and Poetry by Shri Sanjeev Nigam.

The Chief Guests Cmde Biman Mistry, Dr Anuradha Majumdar (Dean Mumbai Univ)  and Dr Snehal Pinto (Dir Ryan group of institutions) were invited on stage, introduced  and felicitated. Cmde Mistry in his impressive speech effectively brought out how Hindi is the common denominator for all regiments and units of the Armed Forces.

The Awards function was smoothly conducted by the Emcee Ms Roma Sharma after which Dr Anuradha Majumdar and Dr Snehal Pinto addressed the gathering. Their speeches were soul stirring and insightful to strengthen the social fabric of our fine nation.


The Awardees :

1. Matrubhumi Bhushan Samman

a) Mrs Meena Raj Dutta (Eminent Social Worker)

b) Cdr Angsuman Ojha (Veteran-Indian Navy)


2.  Sahitya Bhushan Samman

a) Dr Yojana Shah Jain (Germany)

b) Shri Seva Sadan Prasad (Navi Mumbai)

c) Dr Sattapa Lahu Chauhan (Ahmadnagar)

d) Mrs Alka jain Anandi (Mumbai)  


3. Shiksha Bhushan Samman

a) Mr Sushil Kumar Dubey (Mumbai)

b) Mrs Meenakshi Sharma (Navi Mumbai)

c) Dr Rita Das (Mumbai)


4.  Hindi Seva Samman

a) Ms Pooja Sav (GAIL, Vadodara)

b) Mr Ajay Prasad (UBI, AP)

c) Mrs Anuradha Pandey (DRDO, Hyd)

d) Mr Satish Dhuri (Konkan Railway) 


5. Patrakarita Bhushan Samman

- Shri Inderpal Chaturvedi (Editor-in-Chief, Metro Mumbai News channel)


6. Samaj Seva Bhushan Samman

a) Shri Sanjeev Nigam (Mumbai)

b) Shri Mukesh Gautam (Mumbai)

c) Ms Shikha Suresh (Gondia)


7. Best Educational Institution Award

- Ryan International Group of Institutions, Mumbai


The Awards function was followed by meet and greet session of the Guests with group photography over Coffee and snacks. Before bidding Adieu everyone one had a word of praise for the Hindi Academy Officials for the elegant conduct of the Awards function in a befitting manner…Kudos to Dr Pramod Pandey, Dr Alok Choubey and staff.


Sam No Varunah

Jai Hind   




Interesting compilation