Epitome of selfless service Anjleebahen Pandya attains Sadgati

Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) mourns the passing away of Mananiya Anjleebahen Pandya, its Director of International liaison on the 19th of May at Gandhinagar, Gujarat at age 71.  She battled cancer for the last three years.

Anjleebahen served Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) in various capacities including as its General Secretary and also as a full time unpaid volunteer for many years. Her contribution to VHPA right from its inception is immeasurable. 

Anjleebahen’s life is an inspiration to anyone facing hardship in life. She was widowed at age 24 with a two-year-old baby and being in the USA for less than three years, she faced many challenges. From a docile young lady, she became a powerhouse of energy, Seva and Samparan. She dedicated her life to the Hindu society not only in the USA but across the world.

“Anjleebahen was the epitome of a selfless volunteer totally committed to the Hindu cause that she took upon herself at a very early age. Throughout her life she inspired people and organizations with her boldness, dedication, determination, creativity, kindness and compassion.” Said Dr. Abhaya Asthana, immediate past president of VHPA. 

Sanjay Mehta, immediate past General Secretary of VHPA summarized Anjleebahen’s persona thus: “Anjleebahen was a strong sutra between Hindus of America and Bharat. In this role she used to visit Bharat frequently. Upon her return from Bharat, I used to ask her, ‘Bharat Mata kaisi hai (How is Bharat Mata)?’ Her prompt answer with a smile was always, “Mere jaisi mast hai (joyful like me!)” Anjleebahen was Shubhra Jyotsna (radiant white) in her appearance and role. She has tied many of us in the eternal Raksha Bandhan sutra.”

Dr. Ved Prakash Nanda, former head of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) and an authority on International Law and a Padmabhushan said, “Anjleebahen truly embodied Service Above Self. I had the privilege to work with her on several projects and had the opportunity to witness her untiring and selfless efforts for all Hindu causes. She had an infectious smile and cheerfully brought people together to serve society. In large and small events alike, she was the heart and soul.”

Ramesh Shah, Chairperson of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, USA said, “In the history of VHP she will be remembered as a lone star from the USA.” 

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