This century has seen heroes who have been larger-than-life; heroes of the battlefield and heroes of the spirit, yogis who have involved themselves in karma, jnana and bhakti margas; artists, builders, creator of new institutions, sustainers of the great Indian culture. To this galaxy belonged Surendra Nath Jauhar (13th Aug 1903-2nd Sep 1986) of New Delhi. Popularly known as Chachaji, he hailed from Vahalee village, Jhelum District, Punjab .
Chachaji, had his early education at Dayanand Anglo- VedicHigh school and College. He joined the freedom struggle at the age of 16 in response to a call to the youth of the country by Mahatma Gandhi.1919 saw him defying British Martial Law Regulations when he beaten up severely by lathis and whipped mercilessly. But the heroic mould is made of stern stuff. He was member of the District Congress Committee at Delhi and organized the boycott of foreign cloth throughout Chandini Chowk and read out the Congress Independence Day Pledge and Resolution at the historic Clock tower.
He was immediately arrested and tried in six different courts; and was confined in the Central Jail at Multan for 15 months most of which was in a solitary cell, fettered and isolated from the outside world. He carried the marks around his ankles till the end of his life. These prison days were the darkest in his life, but he would not give in. The Gandhi-Irwin Pact brought him release from prison but not from his commitment.
He became an ardent devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in 1939. He gave away his land to establish the Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch in 1956, and also became the founder of Sri Aurobindo Education Society, under which he started The Mother’s International School in 1956 and Mirambika in 1982.
While his family found a permanent home in the Ashram at Pondicherry under the protective wings of the Mother, Surendranath himself was entrusted with the task of building the New Delhi Branch of the Ashram in his spacious property on the main road leading to Qutab Minar now called `Sri Aurobindo Marg`. Now the Ashram and the Mother`s International School and their several affiliated institutions have grown much more than Surendranath might have expected!
Kapil Sibal, Minister for Communications & IT and HRD released a commemorative Postage Stamp on Late Shri Surendra Nath Jauhar on the occasion of his 25th death anniversary.