ODE TO A FATHER

I take privilege in writing about my father Mr. Ashok Sawhney who I call a billion dollar man. The epithet so aptly suits him as contrary to most his billion was never about the money, His Billion always pertained to the gems that money cannot buy, namely kindness, always and always caring, nurturing and taking care of the needy. Never getting angry in the most of these of situations. Having extreme faith in God and coming out of extraordinarily difficult no hope circumstances not once but at least a 100 times (only due to his pure faith).

His vast knowledge of Urdu Poetry, Hindi methodology, Indian Philosophy all passed on now through his brilliant authored books for posterity.

A man who speaks 7 Languages with ease, has held all his family, his workers, his colleagues, his friends, all endeared and mesmerized by his jokes, songs (a brilliant singer), sayings, teaching and what not . A man who has also won many awards. A billion dollar man indeed.

 

FROM THE DESK OF CHAIRMAN

 
 
 

Mr. Ashok Sawhney


Suman Sawhney

"One of my main supporters in this cause has been:- My wife Suman Sawhney who has been the hallmark of our family and my pillar of strength. She has played the bigger role in our value system passed down to the kids. We as parents are proud of our heritage and not in terms of monetary but human values passed on as a legacy. For these I thank her

Believe how fortunate we are by God's grace and hence what can and should be done for the unfortunate must be done immediately without thought and with passion and to the utmost.

It is because of her that I have been able to write 3 books recently and achieve what I have in life.I owe my life and peace and wonderful journey to her.


My elder son Aman Sawhney is running our 50 year old premium precision wrist watch dial manufacturing unit for the past 26 years and employing 450 people. Customers include e.g Rado, Ck, Titan, Fossil, and Timex .

Always forthcoming in noble causes and helping in upliftment of the downtrodden. He is a pillar of strength for me in this cause. Believes in charity for good causes specially when the donation reaches the donor directly without involving any red tape.

His passions include spending quality time with his kids a strict gym regimen and golf. An ace golfer has represented India and even won the world corporate cup in South Africa in 2010.

He is educated from a top 20 MBA school in usa with a 3.9 GPA and the recipient of the highest accolade given to the top 5% graduating class of the top 20, B 2 B schools called beta gamma sigma.


Aman Sawhney


Anuj Sawhney

Anuj is the younger one of the two sons and always had a creative bent of mind and a passion to explore where many have not dared before. Owing to this he has had a myriad of journeys in his professional career.

Having completed his bachelors from Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi and then graduating from Vanderbilt University in the US, he came to join the family heritage of manufacturing premium wrist watch dials in Delhi.

After a few years, he followed his heart and pursued a career spanning over 8 years in Bollywood where he played the main lead in over 7 Bollywood films and several Music Videos and Ad films.

Simultaneously, he also began pursuing his interest in "Swiss Military" brand Worldwide where his creative side helped the brand in increasing the product portfolio bandwidth due to which he was escalated to the position of Sourcing Head shortly after joining.

The passion with creating new products took another turn when he was brought in as Managing Director for the brand due to his determination to

make "Swiss Military" the most sought after brand not only in India but also the other 26 global markets of its presence.

Today, he has a great family to support him and a passion for Motorcycles that keeps the balance with his professional, personal and creative pursuits…


I am fortunate to have 2 sons but if I can proudly hail as the father of 4 then I am blessed. Let me clarify. My nephew Sandeep Kumar and another gentleman Mr vijay Kalra both have never made me feel less than a Father. Hence the connotation of 4 sons.

Both of them have their unique brilliant qualities which I have been so fortunate to have access to over the years and in times of trouble. Mr Kumar is a very senior bureaucrat brilliant in his every hypothesis of a given situation, downright honest and dedicated to serving his motherland. He though my nephew had been my eldest son in my hours of need and knowledge for the way forward.

Mr. Kalra has been with us through thick & thin over the past 25 years. Though a CA by profession his intelligence and vast knowledge of all aspects of business, govt departments and stipulations is extraordinary. He is a whiz with numbers and his knowledge grows even in patents copyrights and trademarks as we both travel worldwide to establish the Swiss military name. My sons treat him like a real brother and hence I am fortunate to say I have 4 sons not 2.

Mr. Kalra is the secretary to Saathi Old Age Home as a great asset.



Late Joginder Singh IPS
(Former Director CBI)

Joginder Singh joined Police Service at the age of 20, rose to take charge of CBI on July 31, 1996. In the interview, he fondly admitted to being a "South Indian by adoption" as he chose Mysore Cadre (now Karnataka) while joining Police service in the 1960s.During his illustrious career he served as Superintendent of police in Bidar, Deputy Inspector General and Inspector General in Karnataka, Director of youth services, Karnataka, Director, Ministry of Commerce, Inspector General of the Central Reserve Police Force in J & K at the peak of Insurgency, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau and DirectorGeneral, Indo-Tibetan Border Police. After his tenure with CBI he was appointedSpecial Secretary in The Ministry of Home Affairs.

He led a number of delegations to the UK, USA, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, UAE, Hong Kong and Switzerland on behalf of the government.

 

The ever outspoken officer who never hid his views on the functioning of CBI and corruption in the country, Singh had told The Hindu in an interview that many temptations were thrown at him when the agency was probing the fodder scam in which two former chief ministers of Bihar Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra, besides a host of politicians and bureaucrats were allegedly involved.

A prolific writer, Singh, penned over 25 books on various subjects after retiring from the service. He authored books like ‘Make a Way Where There is None’, ‘50 Days to Top’, ‘Inside CBI’, ‘Some Untold Tales’, ‘Without Fear and Favour’ and ‘Inside India’.Singh wrote articles, features and columns on terrorism, corruption, good governance etc. in national dailies in different languages.

Singh was been conferred the awards of Panth Rattan, Delhi Rattan and Punjabian DI Shan. His other awards included Millennium Sikh Gold Award and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sadbhavana Award.

Former CBI chief Joginder Singh, who oversaw investigation of several high-profile cases including Bofors scam and Bihar's fodder scam, died at the age of 77 years on 3rdFebruary 2017.

“When comparing CBI Directors Joginder Singh was more independent in taking decision, firm in expressing his views. May his soul rest in peace”-Ravindran Nambiar Menaputhiyaveettlecomment in Times of India on 3rd February 2017.



Shri Banwari Lal Joshi

Banwari Lal Joshi (born 27 March 1936) is an Indian political figure who was Governor of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh from 2009 to 24 June 2014. He was previously Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi from 2004 to 2007, Governor of Meghalaya in 2007 and Governor of Uttarakhand from October 2007 to July 2009.

Born in a small Rajasthan village of Choti Kathu of Nagour district, Mr. Joshi began his career in 1957 with the state police service in Rajasthan and moved to the Government of India in 1962.

During a long service career, Mr. Joshi worked in different administrative positions including the Ministry of Home Affairs, with Prime Ministers Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri and Smt.Indira Gandhi, with the High Commissions of India at Islamabad and London, and with the Embassy of India at Washington D.C.. He took voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service in 1991 and got involved in social work.

Mr. Joshi moved to the United States in 1993, where he worked with two large American software companies and also as executive director of an NGO located in California, which awards scholarships to bright and needy students in India.

On his return from the U.S. in March 2000, Mr.Joshi was appointed Member of the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission, a position equivalent to a High Court Judge, where he worked for four years.

He assumed the post of the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi on 9 June 2004 and relinquished this responsibility on being appointed as Governor of Meghalaya in April 2007. In October 2007, he was appointed as Governor of the State of Uttarakhand. He was sworn-in as Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 28 July 2009.

On 17 June 2014 he resigned from the post of Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Joshi has traveled extensively in India and abroad. He takes keen interest in social work and is also associated with several social service groups and agencies.


AIM

The Old are in their second childhood. They need to be nurtured. They talk, people and family snaps at them and ridicules them simply because now they are unwanted. They made us what we are. SAATHI, the brainchild of Mr. Ashok Sawhney, wants to make their last phase of life as dignified as earlier. He will aim to provide all facilities to make their stay wanted, meaningful, joyous and in harmony with other residents as family members.

A large piece of land has been got donated to this cause through Mr. Sawhney. A truly selfless man adding yet another feather to his personality and illustrious career.


BACKGROUND

SAATHI is a charitable society registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. The society is exempted under section 80G of Income Tax Act and is also registered with the NGO Partnership system of Niti Aayog Govt. of India. Our old age home is situated at Khasra Nos. 328/4, 505, 1093, 1094, 1095, situated in Village Malikpur Kohi alias Rangpuri, Tehsil Mehrauli, New Delhi – 110037 and working under the mentorship and guidance of a group of renowned persons from various sections of the society:

Sh. B. L. Joshi (Former Lt. Governor Delhi, Former Governor U.P.)

Mrs. Surinder Kaur IAS (W/o Late Sd. Joginder Singh, Retired IPS, Former Director CBI)

Smt. Kamla Laxmi Mall Singhvi

Major General Umong Sethi, AVSM, VSM (Retired)

Sec. Mr. Vijay Kalra.