Los Angeles, California. Shivaji Maharaj America Parivaar (SMAP) celebrated the anniversary of Rajyabhishek (coronation) ceremony of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on June 20th, 2020. The online event was attended by nearly 500 people from over 20 countries on a video conference and on Facebook Live forum.
many others on this occasion. “We have a duty to bring out these heroes from the pages of Indian history books and rekindle their messages” said Sujatha Padmanabham, the event moderator and then invited Vijay Patil, Founder of Shivaji Maharaj America Parivaar (SMAP Foundation Inc.) to describe the vision and mission of the organization.
network of leaders (2) promoting initiatives that unite people (3) helping others who are less fortunate to bring equality and (4) establishing a Leadership Center across the world. He then introduced the team of SMAP leaders from various parts of the world, USA, France, Canada, UK, Kenya, Malaysia, China and a dozen other countries.
supporting organizations like Vivekanand Seva Mandal, Vishwa Marathi Parishad, EachOne
TeachOne, HOPE B~Lit, VHPA, NFIA,Maharashtra Mandal France and others.
evening, Mr. Francois Gautier, a world-famous author, journalist, speaker and a Community Activist.
Mr. Gaurier was born and raised in Paris, France. He grew up studying the history of world-famous
leader Napoleon Bonaparte but later when he visited India he studied the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj and became his ardent fan. He then decided to dedicate his life to building Chhatrapati
Shivaji Maharaj Museum in Pune.
Shivaji Maharaj. He described his visit to Pune to learn more about the great Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj but was disappointed to see no museum dedicated to him. So, he decided to make his life
mission to establish Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian history.
compared to other European leaders. He mentioned that it’s time for Indians to elevate his stature
to the international stage. He recalled from his childhood that Napoleons history was included in all
the textbooks that he grew up with. There were dozens of new books, movies, stories that get
created each year in France and other western countries. Napoleon had tried to unite the entire
Europe, but his vision seems to be realizing only after a couple centuries. Today, we see that the
entire Europe is trying to unite through Euro-Zone, One Currency and other initiatives.
intuition who could foresee the future. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also united the local people to
preserve the culture and stop atrocities caused by the invaders. He also shared his observation that
there are plenty of statues in India, but people need to understand and spread the true values that
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and other leaders represented in the society.
reiterated SMAP goal of making Indian National Heroes well-known global icons. He concluded the
event by thanking the audience and the rest of the event organizers.In this age of fast paced technical advancements it is essential for these deep cultural aspects to be
embedded in society and recognized globally for enriching our lives.