Writing about Maheshbhai in the past tense is very difficult. After working with him shoulder to shoulder for almost 50 years, it is hard to accept that I will not see his beaming face and loving eyes again. This is the time to reflect on years gone by and assess Maheshbhai’s life from different angles.
This is a personal account because I had the benefit to work very closely with Maheshbhai in Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), India Quality Group (IQG) and Global Indians for Bharat Vikas (GIBV.)
I met Maheshbhai quite accidently when I took a bus from Jersey City, NJ to Hartford, CT to meet my friend Rameshbhai Patel (later, Joint General Secretary and Seva Vice President of VHPA) one April weekend in 1972. I had been in USA only for 17 months and was still struggling to find my footing. Maheshbhai was also visiting Rameshbhai same weekend as they knew each other from Bharat. Then I was a shy person and ill at ease in new company. Maheshbhai was talking on several subjects, and I was listening. Perhaps, after a long time I was listening to a powerful speaker, a person who had full confidence in what he was talking about and yet he was not intimidating. There was no whiff of superiority though he knew more than all of us in that apartment combined. Eventually, talk turned to Jansangh (precursor of BJP), Congress and Gandhiji. I had difficulty accepting what Maheshbhai was talking about. My views were 180 degrees opposite of his assessment of those three entities and I told him so. Maheshbhai reasoned with me in generality; I was not convinced but he was like a powerful magnet, and I felt like iron filings that just get sucked in by a magnet. Then, Maheshbhai was a strapping 37-year-old young man in his prime and his well-built physique combined with his oratory had mesmerizing effect on his listeners. Had I left the same day by return bus, that would have been an end to my story with Maheshbhai and VHPA. But destiny had other plans. Maheshbhai offered me a ride back home since he lived in the town next to where I lived. It was a very warm and genuine offer, though the car was small, perhaps a Nova and they were already five people. I took the three-hour ride with them- we were all squeezed together and as I am fond of saying, I could not get off of that ride- not even today, after 50 years. We talked incessantly during the ride, and I developed instant respect for Maheshbhai though I did not agree with him on host of issues.
After that night, Maheshbhai would call me periodically for this or that meeting, or a celebration and I could not say no. At his home I met other stalwarts like Subhashbhai Mehta, Pranjivanbhai Patel and M. P. Srinivasan (three of the five founding members of VHPA), Dr. Madhusudan Jhaveri, etc. I was observing Maheshbhai’s style of building family relations with every volunteer. That summer Maheshbhai came up with an idea of Volunteers Training Workshops and several were held over consecutive weekends. It was an amazing experience which helped me tremendously in understanding what VHPA was all about and how social work was done. I learnt a lot about our culture and true history. Even though, I was not convinced 100%, I was hooked.
With this preface, let me throw light on Maheshbhai’s personality. There were several occasions over the years where one could judge Maheshbhai’s character, conviction, commitment, sacrifice, ability and power of execution.
In April 1974, Maheshbhai’s brother-in-law Ambarish Pandya who had been in USA for hardly two years, suddenly passed away, leaving behind a 24-year-old young wife Anjleebahen and two-and-a-half-year-old son. Not only that, upon hearing this news, Maheshbhai left his work in Brooklyn and was rushing to the hospital and in the rain, he had an accident with another car. Fortunately, he came out of it with a few scratches. It would have been a lot easier to send Anjleebahen back to Bharat to her in laws or parents. But Maheshbhai’s long-term thinking and decision making came to the fore. He convinced everyone that it was in the interest of Anjleebahen and her son to stay in USA as with a small child her options would have been limited back home. Maheshbhai and his Dharma Patni Raginibahen took Anjleebahen and her son Haril under their wing, nurtured them and gave Anjleebahen self-confidence to make her own way. All readers of Hindu Vishwa know her from the last issue, which was a tribute to same Anjleebahen, who passed away in May 2021. Anjleebahen blossomed under Maheshbhai’s guidance and supervision and became an invaluable asset to VHPA. She became international liaison for VHPA because of the extensive contacts she developed at all levels across the globe. This showed Maheshbhai’s caring side and readiness to sacrifice for the family’s wellbeing.
Maheshbhai’s organizing ability and working under tremendous stress were put to a fire test during 1975-77 when Mrs. Indira Gandhi promulgated “internal emergency” in Bharat after a high court invalidated her election for malpractices and debarred her from contesting elections for a period of six years. To subvert the judgement and keep her power intact, she resorted to the bogus emergency, suspended fundamental rights of the citizens, jailed hundreds of thousands of political opponents and muzzled the free press. All thinking people, across the world were incensed and this atrocity gave birth to a freedom fight from outside of Bharat. Followers of four diverse ideologies that were at a loggerhead in Bharat were compelled to seat together. The Socialists, the Leftists, the Old Congress (opposed to Indra Gandhi’s Congress) and the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (later BP)- all were under the gun, their top leadership behind the bars. It was a matter of survival. Out of all the groups, the Jan Sangh group had a strong and dedicated cadre in the USA. After fierce deliberations, disagreements, cajoling, give and take and finally handshakes, an organization named Indians For Democracy (IFD) was born to fight the emergency under one banner. Maheshbhai became the driving force behind it and in time became its undisputed leader. During that 19-month period, Maheshbhai provided visionary leadership to a group that was riding the high and low of emotional waves. His leadership forged bonds with workers who had very different political outlooks. Looking at his untiring efforts, we were encouraged to work long hours daily after coming home from work. The way his home in Old Bridge, NJ became a shelter for opposition leaders who were able to escape from Bharat (Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Ram Jethmalani, N. G. Gore, Mrs. George Fernandes, Shri Makarand Desai, etc.) and way his basement became a publishing house for Satyavani, a newspaper that was smuggled into Bharat made it clear that not only Maheshbhai was a natural leader, but he was a fearless leader too. Since IFD worked in many states, Maheshbhai’s name became a household one.
From this struggle that was won by the nationalist forces, came out two organizations of which Maheshbhai was a founding member. Friends of India Society, International (FISI) and Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP). Today, both are involved in engaging the Diaspora for betterment of Bharat. Right after the Emergency was over, Maheshbhai started an initiative, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Memorial Lectures to popularize Deen Dayal Ji’s concept of Integral Humanism among thinkers and opinion makers.
As VHPA started getting traction, Maheshbhai used his own resources to buy typesetting machine, electric typewriter, drawing board, etc., so that Hindu Vishwa could be produced efficiently. This was a big jump from old cyclostyle machine. This was another proof that Maheshbhai did not hesitate to spend his own funds for furtherance of the organization.
Maheshbhai had innate ability to sense potential in a volunteer and then match his/her potential to appropriate activity or project. He had seen me writing a number of letters to the editors of newspapers and magazines arguing against emergency and promoting Indians For Democracy. So, suddenly, in 1976 he asked me to become editor of Hindu Vishwa. I had no experience of editing at all, but he encouraged me. That was the best thing to happen to me because over next fifteen and a half years I learned the art and science of editing and being editor gave me many opportunities to meet and interview quite a few prominent people. But what I did is not important, what is important is to recognize Maheshbhai’s ability as a leader to identify people and mold them for their own betterment and benefit of the organization.
Maheshbhai put into practice the theory of four Ps of a successful leader. These are: Pin up, Pick up, Pull up and Push up. In short, an able leader Pins (finds) a potential person from many volunteers. Then he Picks him/her up, meaning the pinned up person is given specific task to perform. Once he becomes proficient and develops self-confidence, the leader will Pull him up, that is, he will be given independent assignments and given leadership role. The last P is most difficult for many leaders, which is Push Up. A leader who is magnanimous, has no axe to grind and who is not afraid of creating a leader equal to himself or even one who would surpass him, will Push up the chosen volunteer where there is no limit to growth. At this stage it will depend on that individual to explore uncharted territories. I have seen Maheshbhai doing this repeatedly and in the process, he has created topnotch leaders who have served VHPA well as well as have shone in allied organizations.
Maheshbhai was not only a visionary; he was willing to take risks to make the vision a reality. In early 1980’s when VHPA had hardly any funds to speak of, he conceived the idea of a mega Hindu conference, first of its kind, in New York. Two years of intense planning and travels by a dozen volunteers, culminated in the first World Hindu Conference in 1984 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, The Conference attracted 4500 delegated from the USA and several countries. The conference was so successful that later this model was followed for Hindu conferences in Europe and elsewhere.
1993 Was a big challenge for all of us but more so for Maheshbhai who by this time was the undisputed leader for many Hindu organizations. VHPA had been preparing to hold a mega conference, Global Vision 2000, in greater Washington, DC to celebrate centenary of Swami Vivekananda’s mesmerizing talk at the Parliament of World Religions at Chicago in 1893. We had been working on it for two years when the news of demolition of Babri Structure in Ayodhya broke on 6th December 1992. We were only eight months away from the proposed one-million-dollar conference but now we were not sure if we would be able to withstand the onslaught from the government of Bharat which was inimical to Hindus and Ram Janmabhoomi movement and from all anti-Hindu forces and pseudo secular media. In a few weeks Maheshbhai called a meeting of VHPA’s key team working on the conference planning and also invited leaders from allied organizations. Many participants expressed doubts and there were suggestions to cancel the event. Maheshbhai painstakingly explained why it would be suicidal for VHPA and the Hindu society to call it quits. He averred that Hindus would never be able to make a mark in USA, if they gave up at the first sign of attack. Maheshbhai’s sincerity, clarity and conviction carried the day. Against great odds, VHPA with the support of several organizations carried out Global Vision 2000, a three-day magnificent affair that drew delegates from more than sixty countries and a galaxy of Who’s Who of Hindu saints, nationalist leaders and top-rated artists promoting values of shared knowledge and cooperation in the new millennium. The conference drew eight thousand Hindu participants and a parallel conference for college students drew two thousand delegates.
One thing that helped Maheshbhai achieve what he did was his genuine respect for spiritual and religious leaders. I know of many leaders who give per functionary respect to these dignitaries because it is a requirement of their position. But Maheshbhai believed that these Dharma gurus kept the flame of Hindu Samskruti alive, and they deserved everyone’s respect. It was this sense of indebtedness that shaped Maheshbhai’s vision of Dharma Samsad, a gathering of Hindu religious leaders from the western world which was an immense success. Dharma Prasar Yaatra and International Dharma Prasar Yaatra followed in succession. Same trait helped Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMAEC) to be successful.
In the year 2000, the United Nations hosted a Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Under the leadership of VHP (Bharat) a contingent of 108 saints with their associates came as delegates. As the leader of VHPA, Maheshbhai accepted the challenge to host all the saints and arrange their post summit programs. VHPA volunteers in New Jersey and New York carried the major burden to make this happen but the interface with all saints and VHP (Bharat) was facilitated by Maheshbhai.
All these events had significant implications for NRI Hindus across the globe. No doubt, that Maheshbhai was surrounded by capable and dedicated volunteers of VHPA, but these events showcased his vision, ability to think out of the box, change existing paradigm and can do attitude.
As VHPA moved forward, Maheshbhai was instrumental in providing leadership to create Hindu University of America (Orlando, FL), Hindu Students Council (HSC) for college campuses and Ekal Vidyalaya for the education of the tribal children in Bharat. While HUA was started as an independent body, HSC and Ekal Vidyalaya remained as VHPA’s projects for a considerable length of time before they became independent organizations.
In 1995, I had the privilege to travel with Maheshbhai and Anjleebahen first to Nairobi and then to Durban to attend first Hindu Conference after South Africa got rid of apartheid rule of minority Whites. In this mammoth conference where, Hindu leaders had come from various countries, and chief guest was Shri Nelson Mandela, I was amazed, though not surprised to see the respect Maheshbhai held in their eyes. I also witnessed another trait of Maheshbhai. I had seen Maheshbhai getting angry very rarely and never with the leadership from Bharat. One night we were all sitting with top leaders of VHP from Bharat and some contentious topic came up. Maheshbhai and I had discussed it before, and we felt that the steps envisaged by the leadership in Bharat would not be good for VHPA. At one stage, Maheshbhai told one of the leaders, “we are not children anymore that we would take your orders silently; you need to listen to us too.” It was a new assertiveness for me. Though Maheshbhai borrowed heavily from VHP and RSS when he founded VHP of America, he used pragmatism and did not adopt methods that he thought would not work in American environment. He was a man of discipline, and he did instill it in all of us, but he stayed away from regimentation.
I worked with Maheshbhai as the editor of Hindu Vishwa, General Secretary, and then as the Executive Vice president in VHPA for forty years and then in Global Indians for Bharat Vikas (GIBV) for nine years so we came to know each other as closely as possible. It was not always smooth sailing. I had written letters to Maheshbhai (there were no emails or cell phones then) questioning some of his decisions, differing with him on some projects or personalities, etc. But he was cordial and waited for me to come around and see his point, which I did most of the time. All the same there were couple of flash points which I regret to this day. I will just mention one. It was the night before the 1993 Global Vision Conference and core team of twenty people was closeted at the Omni Sheraton hotel’s meeting room going over each aspect of the conference with a fine toothcomb. By that time, we knew that the registration and accommodation was going to be a disaster. It was first time we had outsourced registration and accommodation to a hired company. Along the way we had doubts and I had made a special visit from Connecticut to this person’s New York office a couple of months before the conference and in one of the meetings I had told my colleagues that we were heading for chaos, and I asked Maheshbhai to fire the company and assured him that a few of us would be able to set things right over next two months. Maheshbhai had his own compulsions, and he did not agree. Now we were staring at that disaster and one more time I implored Maheshbhai to let go the guy, give three of us the authority to rework accommodations. I assured him that we would work through the night and would be able to salvage the situation to a great degree. I do not remember the exact conversation, but Maheshbhai angrily said something like, OK, you take over, I am stepping down (he was the chairperson of the conference.) I immediately realized the hurt I had caused him. Since we were really a family, all of us were in tears. I told Maheshbhai that if anyone had to step out, it would be me, not him because he was the lifeblood of the organization. We did have serious problems next day, but we learnt a collective lesson. Do not entrust key elements of a program to unknown or untested individual/company.
Maheshbhai was not all dry and serious. He had wits and his sense of humor would show during informal talks. He was fond of Talat Mahmood’s songs. At Raginibahen and Maheshbhai’s 25th wedding anniversary in 1989, Maheshbhai rendered Talat’s famous song from film Sujata, जलते हैं जिस के लिये, तेरी आंखों के दीये; “Jalate hain Jis Ke Liye Teri Aankho Ke Diye.” I remember one Christmas weekend when we three close families from Hartford, CT (Ramesh Patel, Jyotish Parekh and I with our spouse) had gone to spend time with Maheshbhai and Raginibahen. Generally, when we got together our talk centered around VHPA and Hindu issues. That weekend Raginibahen had told us that there would be no such talk. So, we ended up watching an old comedy हम सब चोर हैं; “Hum Sab Chor Hai” (We are all thieves)! Of course, Maheshbhai was a bit bored! When he would be engrossed in discussions or some profound thoughts, Anjleebahen, his sister-in-law would call him out using his father and grandfather’s names saying” Maheshchandra Jayantilal Madhavlal, Jamava Padharo (grace the dinner table.) We all used to have good laugh at Maheshbhai’s expense. There was a special winter hat that Maheshbhai used to don lovingly. Anjleebahen used to call it Maheshbhai’s Mukut (crown) and he also had accepted that term.
After retirement from the professional life, Maheshbhai reduced his active role in VHPA. He had served VHPA as its founding General Secretary for 20 years and then as a president for six years. Then he was the mentor, philosopher and guide as the Chairperson of VHPA’s Advisory Board. One would have thought that now he would retire to a comfortable life. But then, that would not be Maheshbhai. He turned his attention to Bharat and its villages. He established an organization, India Quality Group (IQG) in USA which operated as Innovative Quality Group in Bharat. Objective of this organization was to bring fundamental change in processes in place in Bharat by creating think tanks to deliberate and to articulate the vision of empowerment in areas of education, health, industry, politics, economics, environment, public systems, social services, and law. Today, that group has transformed into All India Rural Empowerment Program, AIREP. Though he had already crossed 70 years, he was able to attract the college going students and recent graduates to join in the effort to volunteer in the villages. After 13 years of consistent efforts aided ably by on the ground coordinators Ms. Hiral Mehta (Maheshbhai’s grandniece and a college professor) and Ravin Vyas (a US returned entrepreneur), today AIREP works in 13 villages of Gujarat and has 200+ volunteer teachers most of whom are college students. Their motivation comes from “Give one day a week for the nation” concept.
In 2012-2013, when Bharat was going through a lot of political turmoil after a decade of unbridled corruption and a rudderless government, there was a talk about a new leadership under BJP government. Maheshbhai conferred with some of us and decided to start an organization to rally NRIs behind Shri Narendra Modi, whom he had known personally for a long time. This was not a political movement per se, because we had realized that unless there were a government in place with dedicated focus on the improvement in the life of the marginalized, no efforts like IQG/AIREP/GIBV would bear long term fruits. So, in mid-2013, under Maheshbhai’s leadership Global Indians for Bharat Vikas (GIBV, www.gibv.org) was formed. GIBV met instant success enrolling more than eight hundred volunteers many of whom went to Bharat for the election campaign.
Once the elections were over, Maheshbhai turned his attention back to villages. GIBV’s focus is now the national reconstruction by emphasizing Rural and slum empowerment and Citizen Awareness Campaign. with the expanded scope of bringing solar electricity, water purification, healthcare, smokeless cooking, job-oriented skills training, entrepreneurship training, etc. to the villages besides education. Recently, GIBV has started working in Pauri Garhwal area of Uttarakhand.
To facilitate work of GIBV-IQG, Maheshbhai had built at his own expense a training center for village volunteers on his farmhouse near Amdavad, Gujarat.
Thus, Maheshbhai has been the change agent for a lot of things and for a lot of people over 50 years.
Dr. Mahesh Mehta and Raginibahen with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award
In January 2017, President of Bharat on behalf of the Government of Bharat conferred Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on Dr. Mahesh Mehta for his community service in USA. This is a much sought-after award as it recognizes valuable contribution of NRIs in different fields of life wherever they might be.
If anyone deserved an award for the real community service, it was Dr. Mahesh Mehta. At times awards go to less deserving candidates but then there are moments when they are bestowed on people who have helped shape the world around them for the better. A few chosen persons like Maheshbhai leave the footprints on the sands of time while rest of the people are happy building sandcastles.
That Maheshbhai had a magnetic personality is a well-known fact. There would hardly be a person who after spending half an hour with him, would not want to go back to him to listen to him more. But more than a magnet, he was a Parasmani, which according to the folklore is a gemstone that has the attribute to turn into gold anything that touches it. Maheshbhai has touched and transformed hundreds, nay, thousands of lives and he continued to do so to his last breath.
Have you ever been to the Caves of the Wind at the Niagara Falls? This is where you go down 150 feet towards the base of the fall negotiating wooden walkways and stand on the wooden platform, known as the Hurricane deck. With the deafening sound from the Bridal Veil Fall barely 20 ft. away, you are doused with the generous spray of the water from the fall. At once, you want to retreat to the safety of the elevator from where you came and yet, you stand paralyzed by the ferociousness of the mother nature and the sheer beauty of the moment. For those moments, you are lost to this world.
Caves of the Wind, Niagara Falls
If I had to describe my wife Asha’s and my experience of one-on-one sittings with Maheshbhai without any scheduled agenda on hand, I would compare it with, standing on that Hurricane Deck. In such meetings, at breakfast time, or after a meal we would sit glued to our chair as Maheshbhai would suddenly, extempore start talking about spirituality and metaphysics. His best came out- his spiritual thoughts came down cascading. He will talk about principles of science and then he would connect science and spirituality seamlessly. It all seemed so effortless, but it was possible only because of his vast reading and meditation. So many times, I had wished to record such instantaneous downpours of wisdom, though I have failed to do so because when he was speaking on such occasions, you did not feel like getting up for a moment to record or take a photograph. He had this innate ability to explain the most intriguing scientific theories- including Super String Theory – and juxtapose them with spiritual truths.
Maheshbhai ‘s health started deteriorating around 2011. He had bypass surgery, multiple strokes and related complications. When we were in Bharat for 2014 election, he had started using a cane for support. He used to call it his new ornament and was hopeful to get rid of it soon. Unfortunately, things did not get better and by 2017 he was wheelchair bound. From mid-June 2020 till mid October 2021 a group of about twenty volunteers of VHPA and Sangh Parivar organizations arranged periodic Zoom calls with Maheshbhai and Raginibahen. Most of the time Maheshbhai would not speak much but he was delighted to see all his lifelong colleagues and listen to them. At times he would perk up and then his main concern would be how VHPA was doing and the need to keep focus on the development of Bharat. So much so that when he met Prime Minister Modiji at Amdavad airport in March ’21 he lamented his inability to work, to which Modiji replied- ‘Maheshbhai you have done enough; now it is time for you to rest and take care of your health.’ Raginibahen and Maheshhbai with the Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi on March 6, 2021. Maheshbhai’s nephew, Shailesh Mehta is standing
Last time we talked with Maheshbhai was on October 17, 2021. After that, we had scheduled a Zoom call on November 19th, Maheshbhai’s birthday but same morning he was moved to a hospital for some complications. He came home for a couple of days but next visit to the hospital was final. Some of us were fortunate to have his darshan during last week of his life by video. He could not communicate because of ventilator but would raise his hand to acknowledge us. A few of our colleagues were in Bharat and they were able to see him in person. Maheshbhai passed away on Geeta Jayanti and Mokshda Ekadashi, December 14, 2021.
Maheshbhai had good baritone voice when it came to singing. His favorite bhavgeet from Sangh depicted his life. It is, मैं मधु से अनभिज्ञ अभी तक, जीवनभर विषपान किया है – Mein Madhu Se Anbigna Abhi Tak, Jeevan Bhar Vishpaan Kiya Hai (I am yet unaware of the taste of honey because whole life I have drank poison.) isn’t that the story of a person who has given everything he had for the betterment of the society? Isn’t that a story of a leader who has given up life’s pleasures that we so much take for granted- such as outings and vacations with the family, taking in a movie, lazing around on a weekend, etc.? Isn’t that the story of a leader who has withstood insults and criticisms from others for the larger good of the society? Isn’t that a story of a leader who has suffered disappointments in silence?
I used to send Maheshbhai a letter on his birthday, November 19th. Once I wrote to him that in the 11th chapter of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, after witnessing Bhagwan Krishna’s Vishwaroop Darshan, Arjun said,
सखेति मत्वा प्रसभं यदुक्तं हे कृष्ण हे यादव हे सखेति |
अजानता महिमानं तवेदं मया प्रमादात्प्रणयेन वापि || 41||
यच्चावहासार्थमसत्कृतोऽसि विहारशय्यासनभोजनेषु |
एकोऽथवाप्यच्युत तत्समक्षं तत्क्षामये त्वामहमप्रमेयम् || 42||
(Thinking of You as my friend, I presumptuously addressed You as, “O Krishna,” “O Yadav,” “O my dear Friend.” I was ignorant of Your majesty, showing negligence and undue affection. And if, jestfully, I treated You with disrespect, while playing, resting, sitting, eating, when alone, or before others—for all that I crave forgiveness.)
Similarly, I wrote to Maheshbhai, working together we have treated you as one of us and overstepped our boundary many a times not realizing your greatness. So, please forgive us.
For me, Maheshbhai was a mentor, Guru and Guide. I can say without any hesitation or Vyakti Puja (Person worship) that I am what I am today thanks to Maheshbhai. He took a raw young man and molded his life for serving a higher cause. I have learnt so much from Maheshbhai that I remain indebted to him forever. These fifty years have been an eventful journey in Maheshbhai’s company.
Now that Maheshbhai has cast off his tired and overworked body, his Aatma is free to move on. There is the pain of physical separation, but Maheshbhai will live on through hundreds of dedicated Hindu Volunteers he has created and through organizations that he built, nurtured and guided. His death, in a way, has inspired all of us to work harder to fulfill his vision and dreams.
As much as this article is a tribute to Maheshbhai, it also is a tribute to his Sahdharmacharini Smt. Raginibahen Mehta without whose rock like support, unshakeable faith in the path Maheshbhai chose and her incalculable sacrifices in 57 years of married life, Maheshbhai would not have been able to achieve what he has. My pranams to the departed Aatma and to Raginibahen.
*Portions of this article appeared in Hindu Vishwa, April-June 2017.
Shri Gaurang Vaishnav has served as the editor of Hindu Vishwa, General Secretary and Executive Vice President of VHPA. Currently he serves at the Executive Vice President of Global Indians for Bharat Vikas (GIBV.)