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Our Patron

Dr. Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Comcraft Group has kindly consented to be the voice for the voiceless

and to become the Patron of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust.

Manilal Premchand Chandaria,

Born in March 1, 1929, Nairobi, Kenya.

Chairman and CEO of the Comcraft Group of Companies

East Africa’s most venerable business leader is chairman of the Comcraft group.

He is also Kenya’s biggest philanthropist. His Chandaria Foundation is active in over seven countries, and has given away millions to causes in education, health and the arts. He holds the title of the Elder of the Burning Spear, one of Kenya’s highest civilian honors.

In Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours List 2003. Was made an OBE of the Order of the British Empire

“You want me to be patron of the voiceless. I give in and accept your request.

Yours sincerely, Manu Chandaria” 28th January 2015










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Dr. Chandaria with Nelson Mandela























The Supreme Master Ching Hai has bestowed The Shining World Compassion Award  to The Compassionate Crusaders Trust. Calcutta , India

The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association. 

USA . August 25, 2011



Our Patron



Mr.K.P.S. Menon, former Ambassador & Foreign Secretary has kindly consented to join our crusade 
for creating a kinder world and to become the Patron of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust.

"You do me great honour in inviting me to become a Patron of your
organisation which is doing such dedicated and selfless work for our
mute fellow creatures."- KPS 
25th March, 2010

Kishake Palat Sankara Menon 


Jyoti Basu: 8th July, 1914 - 17th January, 2010

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come !

Our most respectful homage to the crusader amongst the politicians and a compassionate patron-saint of the "mutes"& their care-givers.



  The Final Tribute by our CEO, Sumantra



Russi Mody retires

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great-G.K. Chesterton

Mr. Russi Mody, Chairman Emeritus of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust has communicated on 24th August 2009, to Debasis:

 “Due to advancing age and for personal reasons I have decided to withdraw from all active participation in Welfare and Social activities. Since I cannot discriminate between the various organizations with which I am connected, I have decided to withdraw from all”. He also added, with his inimitable magnanimity, “I would like to place on record my deep appreciation of the kindness and courtesy which I have been uniformally treated by all of you, particularly yourself.

At the Compassionate Crusaders Trust’s Board Meeting on 6th September, he however has very kindly acceded to our earnest request of remaining our Chairman Emeritus and henceforth, keep guiding us without any official involvement in the Board.

Rustomji Homusji Mody was born 17 January 1918, in Mumbai to a prominent Parsi family. His father was Sir Homi Mody, the first Governor of United Provinces. His mother was Lady Jerbai. After a few years of schooling in India, he was sent to England for further studies. He studied at Harrow School and later at Christ Church College, Oxford, where Russi had even accompanied Einstein on piano while Einstein played voilin.

On his return to India Russi joined Tata Steel in 1939 and became Chairman and Managing Director of Tata Steel (TISCO) of the Tata Group in 1972. Russi was well loved by the workmen and local people of Jamshedpur.His skills as 'man manager' were well known. He was popular particularly among the younger generation of TISCO engineers, in earlier days he is known for dining with workers on the shop floor. 
After retiring from Tata Steel in March,1993, Russi was appointed as Chairman of Indian Airlines and Air India, by the Indian Prime Minister.

After quitting the job at the national carriers ,Russi started Mobar, his own company in Kolkata.

Russi was bestowed the prestigious national title, Padma Bhushan in 1989.

Russi Mody was an enormous personality in his time at Jamshedpur. He had served the people of the city of Jamshedpur for more than three decades who adored him as a benevolent patriarch.

Russi now lives in Kolkata and apart from being the guiding star for the ‘mutes’, supporting the Compassionate Crusaders since its inception, he is also a staunch supporter for innumerable organizations espousing social causes.


Board meeting: September 6, 2009


World Animal Day-2008


Events:Report-2008::Asia:Location:INDIA - Calcutta                                                                                                                   
Event: BSNL supports World Animal Day-Hosted by: Compassionate Crusaders Trust

At the request of the Compassionate Crusaders, 1 lakh (1,00,000) subscribers of BSNL, mobile phones Calcutta, were sent the following  message by SMS                      

 "WORLD ANIMAL DAY - 4th October! Want to help an animal in distress? - Call Kolkata ANIMAL HELPLINE @ 24239100".

Result: More than 150 animal lovers called up on World Animal Day alone asking the following questions - our reply is in brackets:
a) Asking about our service for stray animals in distress (this service is free);
b) Asking about our pet-care service (OPD with registration fees of 10INR, PetXpress Trauma care reach out service - 300INR minimum fees);
c) Asking about our tax exemption status (monetary donations are 50% tax deductible);
d) Asking if we will collect material donations such as food grains , pet food,furniture, office equipment etc (gladly!).

Report by: Debasis Chakrabarti, Founder, Compassionate Crusaders Trust.

Location: INDIA - South Calcutta
Event: Animal Welfare Awareness Banners displayed at Mega Carnival
Hosted by: Conpassionate Crusaders Trust/People for Animals Calcutta/Rotary Club of Calcutta South Suburban

A joint campaign for Animal Welfare was organized by ‘CCT’ (Compassionate Crusaders Trust) & ‘PFA’ (People for Animals, Calcutta) in association with Rotary Club of Calcutta South Suburban. R.IDist.3291 (Rotary International Club No.30169).
50 Animal Welfare Awareness Banners were distributed and displayed among 14 festival committees of south Kolkata City in India. In the month of October 2008, a 24 hours X 6 day Mega Carnival / Festival – DURGA PUJA was organized by several civic clubs of Kolkata. Estimated 50 Lacks of people has visited all those 14 clubs in 6 days. We could reach at least half of them i.e.: 25 Lacks of people could see our banners!
The banners highlighted welfare issues including zoos, animal experiments, promoted the sterilisation of strays, condemned religious sacrifice, the benefits of vegetarianism, live transport, circuses and other entertainment involving animals such as bear and monkey dance.



India's first ABC/AR Center for Stray cats


The Statesman, Kolkata       Saturday,23 August, 2008

City to have country's first feline shelter

KOLKATA, Aug. 22: Come 24 August and the city will boast of its first-ever cat pound. All set to be inaugurated at Netai Nagar-2 in Kalikapur off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, it will also be the only one of its kind in the country. The cat pound will act both as a feline shelter and a sterilisation centre for stray cats, that are rounded up from various government and private hospitals across the city for birth control cum anti-rabies vaccination. Feline menace has been an immense problem in the state-run hospitals recently. The menace varied from stealing food to attacking patients. Built by the People For Animals (PFA) with the MPLAD donations of Rajya Sabha MP, Hema Malini, the cat pound will come up inside the main clinic area of the Animal Shelter cum Hospital And Research Institute (ASHARI), located in Dhapa. A 4.4 acre land, for setting up the animal hospital-cum-shelter complex, ASHARI, had been handed over to PFA in 1996 by former chief minister Mr Jyoti Basu. The feline shelter will have 100 beds for the treatment of cats and has been built covering an area of 2,000 square feet. The engineering department of Borough XII of Kolkata Municipal Corporation has also helped in designing and constructing the project. Speaking about the venture, Mr Debasish Chakrabarti, founder of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust (CCT), a strategic partner of the PFA, said: "All major cities in India have dog pounds but there's no provision for cats. Earlier, cats picked from various hospitals were sterilised and kept in animal shelters. But now they will have a home of their own." SNS


Retirement home for police horses in Bengal


Tuesday January 1, 08:51 AM
Kolkata, Jan 1 (IANS) You could call it their pension! Horses retiring from a West Bengal police training college now have a new home to spend their twilight years along with      other comforts.
Fourteen ageing animals that have served for years have not ended up pariahs or been slaughtered like their predecessors. Instead the green acres of Ashari, an animal hospital-cum-shelter on the eastern fringes of Kolkata, run by Maneka Gandhi's People for Animals (PFA), is now their home.
'They have served for years. Now it is only human to pension them off instead of slaughtering them after they turn infirm. So we have welcomed them in our shelter,' Debasis Chakrabarti, the managing trustee of PFA Calcutta, told IANS.
The 14 horses till the other day were residents of the Police Training College, Barrackpore here.
The West Bengal finance department has also okayed the proposal to contribute to the fodder fund of the horses of the riding school of the Police Training College.
'In a way you can say the government is providing them pension. The PFA has pledged to take total responsibility of the animals, while suggesting that the police provide part of the feeding expenditure of Rs.32 a day per horse. Each horse will need Rs.88 per day with funds coming from public donations in India, Australia and France.
'The government agreed and so the Rs.32 they are providing is like one third of their maintenance. A retired government employee gets the same facility, isn't it?' asked Chakrabarti.
In fact the gesture of the state government inspired animal activists in Australia to demand the same from their government.
'Noted Australian animal rights activist Phil Wollen is citing West Bengal government decision to demand a similar policy for the horses Down Under,' said Chakrabarti.
In August 2006, G.C. Dutt, then deputy inspector-general of police (training) of the Police Training College, had written to PFA, asking for 'the cost of taking care of these horses until death'.
Chakrabarti said: 'This is a heart warming gesture and should be an eye-opener for many other institutes saddled with infirm animals.'
The horses arrived at Ashari Dec 26. They will be kept in an 'exclusive, free-roaming' 5,000-sq-ft paddock with a 1,000 sq ft shed, with a provision for walks on the Ashari campus, spread over 4.4 acres.
The horses were carried to Ashari on police trucks after being seen off by DIG (Training) Sanjay Singh.
The incident can be an eye opener for the Mounted Police unit of Kolkata Police too. Often the problems of the horses retiring from the Mounted Police are never-ending. Post retirement, they are deprived of proper food and live a condemned life.
Kolkata Mounted Police is one of the oldest equestrian police forces in the world. Ninety-eight horses are sanctioned for the unit.


World Animal Day -2007


World Animal Day is celebrated on 4th October all over the world. This is the birthday of St. Francis, the Patron Saint of the animals.
This year, our own Santa for animals – Mr. Russi Mody was the Guest of Honor at the small function we had at Ashari. The Chief Guest was Mr. Kamal Parekh who has helped in his own unassuming, silent way, to meet the medical expenses of the animals to a substantial extent. He started a monthly contribution nearly ten years ago, and had always been brushing off all our attempts to express our appreciation! Our Special guest was none other than the dedicated & dynamic conservationist , Mr. Vivek Menon. Mr. Menon is also the Trustee of the Venu Menon Awards for animal welfare. They had given an award to the Compassionate Crusaders Trust in 2001, for the work done in the field of curtailing illegal slaughter of cows. He is also IFAW's representative in India.
We used this opportunity to dedicate the Small Animal Hospital Building to the IFAW (International Fund For Animal Welfare). The Patron of the CCT, Mr. Viren J. Shah, erstwhile Governor of West Bengal, had spoken about our activities to Dr.Manu Chandaria of Kenya. Dr. Chandaria is one of IFAW's Trustees. IFAW decided that the work we do deserves support and made an extremely generous contribution that helped us to make some much needed extension in the Small Animal Hospital at Ashari. This is the only animal hospital for the city's pets, and it houses Kolkata's only animal laboratory with X-ray and Ultra Sound facilities.
Mr. Parekh confessed, in his speech, that although he knew we were doing good work, it was only after seeing Ashari that he appreciated the range of the work and got a glimpse of its benefits to humans and animals alike. Mr.Menon spoke with feeling and eloquence. His deep regret at the way people involved in helping animals tended to compartmentalize themselves was evident. It struck a chord in the heart of every person present. It reminded me of the Vedic concept of 'Vasudhaiva kutumbakam' – all beings are a part of the family of the Almighty. Mr. Mody's speech – equally from the heart – made the whole gathering laugh and want to cry!
It was a small gathering, because it was in the morning of a working day. However, the atmosphere was wonderful, just because every person present was sensitive to the cause and was present to show solidarity. Truly, it felt as though the spirit of St.Francis was present and blessing us all.


Governor's ASHARI visit


A Governor is the State's First Citizen. When he happens to be a grandson of our beloved Mahatma Gandhi, and shares the lofty values of his grandfather, he wins heartfelt respect, and steals all hearts! His Excellency, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, H'ble Governor of West Bengal visited Ashari on 2nd May, 2007. His being accompanied by Smt. Tara Gandhi made the occasion doubly memorable, because of the extremely keen interest taken by them both in our activities and in the cause of animal welfare. His Excellency unveiled the plaque of the 'Bombay Gow-Rakshak Trust', and saw the hydraulic operation table for cattle, and the Ultra Sound equipment they had donated. It is rather ironic that cow lovers in Kolkata tend to extend their support to cattle in their native States, forgetting that it is the local cattle who provide the milk for their morning tea and daily desserts! The support of the Bombay Gow-Rakshak Trust has been solid and unfailing ever since their Trustee, Shri J.N. Bhuta visited Ashari and saw our work. Had it not been for their support, I doubt whether we could have provided care for cattle at Ashari and at Karuna Kunj all these years!The welcome by Mr. Russi Mody was superb! His sincerity and flourish – spiced by a delicate sense of humor – ensures that nobody gets bored, no matter how many welcome speeches they have had the misfortune to hear! The dignitaries on the dais included Shri S.S.Kanoria and Swami Advaitanandji of Kolkata's Chinmay Mission, and, of course, Smt Tara Gandhi. Neither they, nor any of the distinguished guests needed to keep a polite smile on their faces, because all present smiled spontaneously with pleasure at the words of Mr. Mody and then our Governor, Shri Gandhi.A short audio-visual presentation was made before His Excellency unveiled the plaque and the First Couple of West Bengal walked through the hospital facilities, saying repeatedly that they couldn't believe that such facilities for animals existed in Kolkata!

Gandhi's day out with animal world


Kolkata, May 3 (IANS) West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi visited an animal care hospital here to spend a quiet morning in the company of its inmates. "It is a national issue that people no longer care for stray animals. We have separated our own world from that of the animals. But we should always treat them with love and humanity," said the governor during a visit to Asia's biggest animal hospital, ASHARI, Wednesday. The love for animals of Mahatma Gandhi's grandson is only natural. Remember, the Father of the Nation had once said: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." The governor said that crimes against animals did not only mean slaughtering them: "If someone attacks animals or pokes them with sharp objects or sticks it's also a form of cruelty." ASHARI is an animal shelter-cum-hospital set up by Maneka Gandhi's People for Animal (PFA) over 4.4 acres of land on the eastern fringes of Kolkata. Gopalkrishna Gandhi along with his wife Tara Gandhi toured the entire hospital premises and also inaugurated an ultrasound machine and a hydraulic operation table for cattle in the hospital. Emphasising on the need for a humanitarian approach towards animals, Gopalkrishna Gandhi said, "We should not forget that we are also a part of this animal world. We must treat them sympathetically." Besides animal care, ASHARI is known for its research base to prevent zoonotic diseases affecting humans. A brainchild of Maneka Gandhi and animal expert Debasis Chakrabarti, ASHARI is not only a composite animal hospital, it is another "green world within the world" where multiple activities related to research for environmental purposes are undertaken.



Jyoti Basu keeps his date with ASHARI


Kolkata, July 26: Ten years after he granted over four acres to People for Animals (PFA) to set up one of Asia's biggest animal hospitals, Jyoti Basu found time to spend his time with animals and their caregivers on Tuesday evening. The 93-year-old veteran communist leader came, saw, heard patiently, and conquered with his inspiring words about the great work of the people behind ASHARI (Animal Shelter cum Hospital and Research Institute).Despite the media glare, the sylvan surroundings, complete with a placid pond, waddling swans and recuperating camels, cows and dogs, touched the chief minister who recalled one-time political foe Maneka Gandhi calling on him to demand the land in 1996."Maneka Gandhi had approached me then. I said it is a good idea. I am happy that you now have got international recognition," Basu said as the ASHARI members gave the veteran communist a big hand. ASHARI has become an international landmark in animal care and has been mentioned as "the mother of all animal hospitals in India" by a former senior member of the Animal Welfare Board of India."The government cannot do everything. The non-government bodies can fill in that gap. So we encourage them," he said."It is a great day for us. ASHARI would not have been possible without the generosity of Jyoti Basu," managing trustee Debasis Chakrabarti. Then before he left for unveiling the commemorative plaque of recognition and a cow shed, the astute politician talked a bit of politics boasting the communists' commitment to both man and animal. "We will work for the people till our last breath. I wish other states take lessons and support us beyond West Bengal, Tripura and Kerala," said Basu.

Courtesy: IANS



Swami Akhandanad Saraswati was one of the most highly revered monks of the 20th century. His understanding of the basic tenets all religions and faiths, was duly revealed in his talks and writings. His words are filled with special mention of the obligation towards animals, and their right to receive compassion and help from humans. 

A pathological laboratory called Ashari's Anand Lab (Swami Akhandanand Saraswati Laboratory for Animals) was inaugurated on Sunday 8th January 2006, by Mr. Basant Kumar & Dr. Saraladevi Birla. The philanthropy of this noble couple is well known, as is their devotion to Swami Akhandanandji . Swami Girishanandji (the beloved disciple of Swami Akhandanandji) blessed the function and the movement. So did Swami Advaitanandji of the Chinmay Mission. It may be recalled that Swami Tejomayanandji (Head of the Chinmay Mission worldwide) had visited Ashari two years ago, and placed Rudraksha beads on the neck of sick animals. (This Himalayan seed is famous for its healing properties, and we are always happy to try anything which helps to reduce suffering.) Ashari has been blessed with the visits of other great Mahatmas, including Morari Bapu, Prof. Prema Pandurang, Smt. Krishna Mishra, Swami Bhagwatanand and Swami Pran Jeevan of the Swaminarayan Sect. Fr. Noel Sen has also visited Ashari and bestowed his blessings on the cause. Two Buddhist monks also visited a couple of years ago. Every man of God and every noble soul brings auspicious vibrations, and benefits which modern science is, as yet, unable to measure with the limited means at our disposal. Every religion emphasizes on compassion for all creatures, but the compassion of the devout is mostly limited to our own species. The strong words of Swami Girishanandji and Swami Advaitanandji left the august audience deeply moved, and totally convinced about religious tenets including other species as having a claim on our proactive compassion. Dr. Saraladevi Birla showed her grasp of the holistic benefits Ashari could achieve, if given the support the project deserves. Also present was our very own Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, Chairperson of People For Animals, under which Ashari comes. Mrs. Gandhi's speeches are powerful because she speaks from her heart and doesn't mince words. At the same time, her audience is left with remorse at having done so little for such a noble cause. Mr.Kaushik Dutta and his wife Michelle visited Ashari last year. Impressed and moved by what they saw, they returned to the U.S. with the photos they had taken – she, of the animals and he of the people in Kolkata. They held exhibitions and raised funds for Ashari. Kaushhik was present on the 8th and spoke movingly about how he feels everyone can and should contribute to the cause. The short function was well attended and brought a fresh impetus to the movement. It is only when the leaders show solidarity with a movement, that it is  taken more seriously by others. Sunday, 8th January 2006 was a little in advance of the Animal Welfare Fortnight, but with the highly respected leaders (in Religion, Industry and Politics) present, there is no doubt that Ashari is on its way! Whether it is the 'holy cow', or the common street dog, sparrow, or any other creature – it is to our benefit that they remain healthy and well cared for. Ashari's Anand Lab will be a great help in the proper diagnosis and treatment and diseases in pets and other animals.


PRANI O PARIBESH BANDHU (Friends for Animals & Environment)

Training Course by PFAC at ASHARI


The Debagram Gram Unnayan Kendra (Nadia) has requested us to give ten Muslim youngsters our three month in-house training course. Two such courses have been held at ASHARI so far. The courses(in 2001, 20 OBC boys got certificates from Minister Smt Bilasi Bala Sahis, in 2003, 5 Lodha Sabar boys got certificates from Minister Sri Upen Kisku) have been exceedingly successful and popular. Young men who have an elementary education up to class 9 level (so that they can read and write adequately) are trained in 1) Basic care of animals, diagnosing and treating common diseases, 2) Applying first aid, 3) Understanding the importance of avoiding Zoonotic diseases, 4) Rainwater harvesting, 5)Use of bio fertilizers, 6)Maintenance of water bodies, 7) Herbal plants(in ASHARI's Herbal Garden) as cash crops, 8) Prevention of Cruelty toAnimals Act, and 10) Wildlife Protection Laws are included in the course, and every candidate is given literature in the vernacular,as well as a kit to enable them to start work as soon as the course is complete.Experts in respective fields (Govt depts. & out side) come as guest lecturers. The course started on 21st September, 2005, since the youngsters were eager to start as soon as possible. One earning member per family makes an unbelievable difference in the lives of poor villagers and the livestock which is so important to their health and economy.

Lessons in animal husbandry

         The Sheriff Dr. Amal Chakraborty at the function in ASHARI



THE TELEGRAPH  |  Tuesday, January 24, 2006 | Metro OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT


Handling of injured animals, identification of wounds and cuts, vaccination, administration of medicines and injections to animals, understanding animals through gestures, post-operative care… A para-veterinary course imparted to youngsters at a city veterinary hospital promises to augment village health development and address unemployment among rural youth. "The Debagram Gram Unnayan Kendra (Nadia) had requested us to groom 10 Muslim youngsters through our three-month in-house training course," says Debasis Chakrabarti, managing trustee, People for Animals (PFA) Calcutta, the animal welfare NGO, which conducted the programme.

The valediction ceremony for the course was held last Sunday at Ashari (Animal Shelter-cum-Hospital-And-Research Institute) at Mukundapur, off the EM Bypass, attended by sheriff Amal Chakraborty and Biman Basu, secretary, Vidyasagar Foundation for Education, Research, Development & Social Service.

Two such courses were earlier held at Ashari. In 2001, 20 boys of other backward classes (OBCs), and in 2003, five Lodha Sabar boys got certificates from respective ministers after successful completion of training. The young men with elementary education up to Class IX were trained in basic care of animals. These included diagnosing and treating common diseases, applying first-aid, understanding the importance of avoiding zoonotic diseases, rainwater harvesting, use of bio-fertilisers, maintenance of water bodies, herbal plants, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and wildlife protection laws. "We are in a flood-prone zone, with 55 per cent minorities and 25 per cent OBCs often living in abject poverty. Animal husbandry, including poultry and dairy-rearing, can help uplift their socio-economic condition with proper assistance from the government and other NGOs," according to S.M. Fazlur Rahaman of the Debagram Gram Unnayan Kendra.Every candidate is given literature in vernacular as well as a kit to enable them to start work as soon as the course is complete."One earning member per family makes an unbelievable difference in the lives of the poor villagers and the livestock, which is so important to their health and economy," observes Chakrabarti. The 90-day programme had experts as guest lecturers, like Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, former chief environment officer, West Bengal government, Anadi Nath Chattopadhyay, assistant wildlife warden and scientist A. Banerjee. "The youngsters are now equipped to recognise and treat minor ailments. Proper treatment of cattle adds to milk and work yield, and saves ignorant villagers from various zoonotic diseases," stresses Chakrabarti.           Copyright © 2006 The Telegraph. All rights reserved.



Zoo to save, not enslave- GLOBAL PROP FOR CRY

THE TELEGRAPH   Friday, July 01, 2005  SUBHRO SAHA


A zoo must act as a rescue-cum-conservation centre and not as an exhibition gallery... Calcutta-based animal welfare NGO People for Animals (PFA), which had challenged the concept of an urban zoo in Calcutta High Court through a public interest litigation (writ application no. 1950) in 1998, has found global voice to its crusade.

Strategic partner Compassionate Crusaders Trust (CCT) — the PIL was filed based on its findings and analyses — was the sole city representative at the biennial animal welfare conference, Asia for Animals, held at Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore, from June 22 to 24.The forum strongly endorsed CCT's focus on the zoo's role as a conservation centre and lauded its slogan, 'Life imprisonment without any court of appeal', according to Louis Ng, president and executive director, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), principal organiser of the conclave."Any kind of subjugation of a weaker species leads to apprehension and eventual loss of freedom," said Debasis Chakrabarti, who did a presentation on 'Rescue centre operation' at the Singapore forum on behalf of CCT.The emphasis of Asia for Animals 2005 was on consolidating experience in the region, with an eye to developing new strategies and facilitating change. In the main sessions, representatives of government agencies and NGOs debated topics like 'disaster relief & recovery', 'ZooChek work in Asia', 'stray animal management', 'rescue centre operations', 'tackling illegal wildlife trade'…Chakrabarti called for a concrete road map for all rescued animals, both short and long-term, "so that they can fend for themselves once they are returned to the wild, and the zoos have to play a pivotal role here".




CCT Calcutta's new "Pet Aid" ambulance and "Bon Adieu"


January 14th – 28th is celebrated as Animal Welfare Fortnight in India. Each year, we try to add either a new service, or a new thrust to the movement The Animal Welfare Fortnight of 2005 will see the launch of two new services – one for pets, and one for those who love their pets enough to give them a dignified farewell.

The 'Pet Aid' service will enable people to transport sick pets comfortably to the C.C.T.Clinic /Ashari and back, with an experthandler to help lift him into the Ambulance, and administer emergency life saving medication,on board, if needed.

The 'Bon Adieu' van will bring comfort to those who find it difficult to organize the transport to take their pets to their final restingplace. It is a hearse for pets, which will be available to take pets to 'Karuna Kunj', give him a dignified burial, and return with the  comfort of knowing that they have given the best possible farewell to the faithful companion who gave them a lifetime of love and loyalty.




Artists For Animals !!


Mukta Shilpa is a group of artists and art lovers, lead by Shri Asit Paul. Under the Patronage of the grand gentleman who is as well-loved for his large heart as for his sense of humor – I refer to our senior most Trustee, Shri Russi Mody – they organized a most interesting and novel workshop, titled “Artists for Animals”.The ITC’s Sonar Bangla graciously provided the venue, with famous artists like Shri Sunil Das, Shri Jogen Chowdhury, Shri Wasim Kapoor, Shri Prakash Karmarkar, Shri Shyam Kanu Borthakur, Shri Aditya Basak, Shri Subrata Gangopadhyay, Shri Dwijen Gupta, Shri Bijom Chowdhury and – of course, Shri Asit Paul himself, guiding the talented ladies from the Corporate world into enhanced creativity. Amongst the amateurs were Smt.Bharati Deveshwar. Smt.Parul Swarup, Smt. Alka Jalan and many more illustrious names.The paintings will be auctioned and half of the proceeds donated to People for Animals Calcutta, to help suffering animals. Artists are synonymous with sensitivity, and are known to empathize with the pain and beauty in the world. This effort is a vindication of this empathy, because the suffering of animals adds to the suffering of the very poor who are economically dependent upon, and whose health is also affected by, unfit animals. Hence, the plight of both improves when animals are kept healthy.At Holi, we offer a truly colorful salute to these noble souls who come together in simple humane considerations and bring new hope for a more ethically aware and compassionate social order.


     Eminent painter Prakash Karmakar and Sunil Das at the workshop.

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Animal Welfare Fortnight - A message !!


The Animal Welfare Fortnight started off with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation allocating additional wards, for stray dog management, to the People for Animals Calcutta. The ABC/AR program, when first adopted here in 1996, had a number of NGOs participating, with the wards in their areas under their care. Various factors caused the KMC to reassign the wards, and wards 1 – 90 have now become our responsibility. While this imposes an additional burden upon our limited resources, it is gratifying to receive this token of the faith the KMC have reposed in us.The State Animal Welfare Board organized a workshop at the Zoo Auditorium, which was presided by Mr.Anisur Rahaman, H’ble Minister for the Animal Resource Development Department. Justice (Retd.) Guman Mal Lodha, Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India, was Chief Guest. Both the Compassionate Crusaders Trust and People for Animals Calcutta participated in this function. The Annual Pet Show at the Tollygunj Club was held on 18th January,2004. As in the past, Mr.Debasis Chakrabarti (Founder of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust and Managing Trustee of People for Animals Calcutta) and Mrs.Purnima L.Toolsidass (Trustee in both Trusts) were invited to be Co-Judges. The PetXpress, (trauma care service for pets) was kept at standby incase of some emergency, and pamphlets were distributed to the visitors, describing the common cruelties inflicted on urban animals. We also asked the Club authorities to tell the visitors about the Animal Welfare Fortnight being observed each year from 14th – 28th January. Miss Kati Pulli (a veterinary student from Finland) attended the Pet Show and spoke a few words about the difference in the problems of pet care in their country and ours. Miss Johanna Perivianan (a veterinary nurse, also from Finland) came some days later to join us as a volunteer. Both the young ladies are friends and well traveled. They surfed the web, to find a good group in India, to come for voluntary service for animals. Their deep love for animals is revealed in the gentleness and deep thought they give to the animal’s comfort. It is a refreshing experience for all our people to work with them, and very encouraging that Mother Teresa’s is not the only group which attracts people to come to Kolkata and give voluntary service! (We had Mr. Nick January coming from Canada last May, too.) A Cattle Camp was held on 23rd January 2004, at a village called Ansurali, Sadurhat, in South 24 Parganas. The Ansurali Vivekananda Smriti Sangha made all the arrangements for our team, which comprised of Dr.P.G.Banerjee, Mr.A.N.Ghosh, and three trained paraveterinarians. They attended to a total of 79 animals, including 34 cows, 35 dogs and sundry other animals and birds. The Animal Welfare Board’s film on Cow slaughter was shown to the local MLA and others, during the lunch break. Our people also showed a documentary we have produced, in Bengali, on Rabies awareness. The films made a deep impact on the local people. Such programs are needed in remote areas, if rural India is to wake up to the cause of animal welfare. Both the volunteers from Finland were greatly appreciative of the music therapy, started at Ashari (our animal hospital complex) during the Animal Welfare Fortnight. The set of three CDs, called ‘The Healing Journey’ was procured from the Readers Digest special publications. Four experts have created this music especially designed to relax, harmonize and heal. The music is played during the day, and the animals definitely appear to be more relaxed while it is on. We had written to a number of schools, offering to come and show videos on animal welfare. The Nature Club of the La Martinere School for Girls invited us, and so did another group who organizes private tuitions. The students became very emotional and wanted to know how they could help the cause. The sad part is that due to the various pressures they face, they are seldom able to continue with any animal welfare activity for long. Last, but not the least, was the Animal Welfare Fortnight edition of our quarterly newsletter, Excallibur. The newsletter is widely distributed to many schools and clubs, apart from Members and supporters. It ensures that – for us –  Animal Welfare does not end on 28th January, nor begin on the 14th of any month!



"Le Pashmina"


The three day exhibition cum sale of designer shawls from Le Pashmina was a great success. Invitations were sent out , in the name of Smt.Anjanaben Shah, 1st Lady of West Bengal. Swabhoomi hosted the event, 8th - 10th December, 03, and extended every imaginable facility. The people of Kolkata are amongst the most discerning, and come to view and choose from the exquisite selection - not an easy task! The fact that half the profits would be used for the animals of Kolkata was an added incentive for people to procure one or more of the softest and most beautiful pieces of apparel, which would immediately be used with the forthcoming winter festivities. Those who missed the event were full of regret at losing the rare opportunity to procure a Rohit Bahl or Monapali at such reasonable prices. Converting to Hindi, it was indeed a period of "Mauka hai to Pashmina 'Le' le!"

Mrs. Anjana Shah, the first lady of West Bengal, at the exhibition of the Pashmina Shawl.

Asia For Animals !


Merritt Clifton, editor Animal People.


Thanks for your inquiry about the recent Asia for Animals conference, which I believe--as a lifelong observer of the humane movement in many nations--was a landmark in the growth of the animal  advocacy movement in Asia.
Before 2001, the largest and most all-inclusive animal welfare conference held in Asia was the one convened in New Delhi in November 1997 by the Animal Welfare Board of India. It included representatives from throughout India, along with myself and ANIMAL PEOPLE publisher Kim Bartlett from the U.S. and Christine Townend from Australia, who is head trustee of the Indian animal welfare charity Help In Suffering.
The first Asia for Animals conference, hosted in Manila in May 2001, attracted many of the leaders of the animal welfare movement in India along with representatives from most other Asian nations that have any kind of organized humane societies. However, it was dominated by American speakers from the primary funder, the Humane Society International, which is a division of the Humane Society of the United States.
The second Asia for Animals conference, hosted by the Hong Kong SPCA, was funded and directed primarily by Asians. There were only two major funders from outside Asia, the North Shore Animal League America and the Best Friends Animal Society, both of the U.S. Each sent only one speaker. North Shore sent Esther Mechler, originally from Switzerland, who is founder of Spay/USA, the leading organization promoting low-cost dog and cat sterilization worldwide. Best Friends sent fundraising and publicity expert Francis Batista.
ANIMAL PEOPLE publisher Kim Bartlett was among the most active members of the Asia for Animals organizing committee, and sponsored the participation of Dr. Gerardo Vicente, DVM, who cofounded the Costa Rican national ABC program (called the McKee Project). Dr. Vicente is currently on his way to visit the Compassionate Crusaders Trust in Calcutta. U.S. veterinarian Jeff Young and I were among the other major presenters; both of us have extensive first-hand experience involving humane work in Asia.
Most of the other speakers were Asians or at least longtime Asia residents. Among the Indian representatives who prominently participated in teaching and training others were Debasis, Help In Suffering veterinarians Sunil Chawla and Naveen Pandey (of Jaipur and Darjeeling, respectively), Bahar Dutt of the Wildlife Trust of India, and Blue Cross of India founding member Chinny Krishna, who has been active in humane work since 1959 and envisioned the program that became the Indian national ABC strategy in 1964.
While Chinny is not well-known to the public, it would be quite safe to say that among animal advocacy leaders worldwide he is among the best respected.
This is far from a complete list of Indian participants. Others of note were Visakha SPCA founder Pradeep Kumar Nath, Ahimsa International Society president Sandeep Kumar Jain, Animal Help Foundation director Rahul Segal of Ahmedabad, Jamshedpur Animal Welfare Society president Dr. Arun Kumar Jha, Friendicos Animal Hospital director Geeta Seshamani, Dharmesh Solanki of People for Animals in Delhi,and Wildlife SOS founder Kartick Satyanarayan. 
(Apologies to those whose names I don't remember.)Nath, Seshamani, and Satyanarayan, though they were not speakers, also spent a great deal of time counseling and advising less experienced animal welfare personnel from other nations, including China, where only a handful of humane organizations are more than just a few years old.
The most significant aspect of the Asia for Animals conference, I believe, is that Asians are now beginning to assume leadership roles, and Indian animal advocates in particular are beginning to recognize their strengths as well as their weaknesses. At home, it is easy for any animal advocate from any nation to feel overwhelmed by all the suffering they must cope with, and by the lack of resources that inhabits everyone's ability to respond, but at conferences like Asia for Animals, the people like Debasis who have made substantial headway despite all the obstacles are able to substantially help others with their accumulated wisdom, and the people who are just getting started are able to obtain advice from others who have confronted and partially transcended similar obstacles.
If there was a problematic side to the conference, it was that some representatives mistakenly believed that it would be primarily an opportunity for making fundraising and publicity contacts, and were disappointed that there were no representatives of major international grant-giving foundations in attendance, nor any mass media representatives ready and willing to amplify worldwide public attention to their particular concerns.
Possibly some representatives of major international grant-giving foundations and mass media will eventually show up at such conferences and make themselves useful. Meanwhile, Asia for Animals is more like making stone soup, with everyone in need coming and sharing what they can about succeeding despite dire adversity, including the indifference of some of the global organizations with the most resources.
Chinny Krishna and Pradeep Kumar Nath would like to host the next Asia for Animals conference (not yet scheduled) in either Chennai or Visakhapatnam. Other contenders as the next host include Penang, Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia. The next host will probably be whatever city and organization demonstrates the strongest support, particularly in terms of leadership and active, reliable volunteers.
The next several e-mails will include the conference schedule, my own presentations, and some of the presentations by others, if I have them in electronic form. I will also cc/ your inquiry to some of the other participants and organizers, in case they wish to add something.
Finally, Calcutta should be proud of Debasis, and of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust and People for Animals. As Jeff Young told the whole audience, "I go to conferences in the U.S. and all I hear are people complaining about their problems. Then I came here and met Debasis. He comes from probably the poorest city in the world, and all he does is help everyone else, and he never stops smiling

Asia for Animals Symposium 2003. "Communicating the Message: Marketing for Animal Welfare Groups"
Panel: Sherry Grant, Merritt Clifton, Debasis Chakrabarti and Francis Battista.


Backward class now come on the front to protect the environment.


The three month, in-house training course for young men from the Sabar Lodha tribe, flagged off so encouragingly by Shri Biman Bose, was concluded most satisfactorily, with Shri Upen Kisku, H'ble Minister for Tribal Welfare presiding over the Valediction Ceremony on 18th November, 2003.
Every trainee was given a Certification of Completion, literature, and a kit, to enable them to begin their work as para-veterinarians in their respective areas. The course will enable them to become self employed, while bringing comfort and good health to the livestock of the local people. The economy and health of villagers is dependent 
upon the health of their livestock and strays. Hence, the whole community is healed when animals are well kept and healthy.
Apart from this training, we also organized talks upon other related topics like the need and benefits for proper utilization of cow dung and organic manure, of rainwater harvesting, natural pesticides and alternative energies, the dangers of depleted forests and wildlife, etc. The lectures given by experts made a considerable impact upon 
these young men, as they had never boon given this type of information or guidance. 
It was quite in keeping with the solidarity shown by Justice (Retd.) Dilip Kumar Basu, that he not only consented to be our Guest of Honor, but he spoke words which touched every heart present, and emphasized upon the need for such courses. Shri Upen Kisku's presence and words were a memory all present would cherish for years to come.
The cost per person for such a course comes to Rs.20,000/-. Paucity of funds forced us to restrict this course to 5 tribal youths. While this is not even a drop in the ocean of the crying need for such courses, for each of these (and their families and villages) it widens their horizon and their chances of a new and better life. We 
hope that people reading this will feel an impulse to sponsor at least one candidate for our next course, and - please God - we'll have many more in future.


The Sheriff Mr.Probir Roy at the function in ASHARI


PetXpress – The new horizon in Mobile Vet Care System !

The Compassionate Crusaders' PetXpress provides a complete "Pet Care At Your Doorstep" facility for people who are time pressed, or unable to take their pets to the vet. Donated by the William & Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare, Bethesda, MD, USA, the van has a fully equipped air-conditioned treatment chamber cum O.T. People can sit beside the Vet, holding their pet to reassure him, during treatment or surgery. The service is available 24 hours for emergency. Phone : 4239100 or 4647030. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL, Calcutta Telephones) has sponsored the facility for the first year, its continuation after that will depend entirely upon public support. This unique facility was inaugurated by Mr. Rex Moser, Director, American Center, Calcutta, on 16th. August, 2002, in the heritage grounds of St. Paul's Cathedral. Other dignitaries present were Gen. Shankar Roy Chowdhury, M.P., Mr. S.P. Chakrabarti, Chief General Manager BSNL, Calcutta Telephones, and Mr. Harsh Vardhan Neotia, Hon. Consul for Israel. The PetXpress was inaugurated on the eve of World Homeless Animal Day, to highlight the plight of abandoned or unwanted pets. Strays are born in the streets, and that is their home. Destitute (homeless) animals are those who had a home once and were later left to fend for themselves, because their owner couldn't cope.

Mr. Rex Moser, Director American Center, inaugurating the PetXpress.


Compassionate Crusaders Trust  gets National Award.



Sumantra Roy, CEO Compassionate Crusaders Trust, receives the Award from the late Vice-President Sri Krishnakant

The Venu Menon National Animal Awards 2002 , 19th February, 2002 
The Venu Menon National Animal Awards for 2002 have been decided and announced on February 19 at a ceremony  held at the Main Auditorium, India Habitat Centre at 7 pm.
Starting this year the Venu Menon Animal Allies Awards have been re-christened as the Venu Menon Animal Awards to give it a national character, comprising welfare and conservation.
Other than the five awards given by the VMAAF, the two awards given annually by WTI, the Van Rakshak Award and the Endangered Species Award, will be given away at the same ceremony.
Compassionate Crusaders Trust, Kolkata . Venu Menon Special Organisation Award 2002.
Compassionate Crusaders Trust, which started in 1993, runs a shelter for destitute dogs, cats and rescued birds in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. The shelter has become Asia’s largest cat shelter with more than 100 cats and a capacity to house more than double this number. The shelter has some unique arrangements for the cats’ comfort, entertainment and safety. Over the past few years, the Trust has also been engaged in successful campaigns against the illegal cattle trade to Bangladesh and animal sacrifice in temples. The Trust also runs a clinic in Kolkata with X-ray facilities to treat animals and a mobile clinic to treat sick animals in rural areas. Through its dedicated service, the Compassionate Crusaders Trust has grown into an organisation of repute.

Governor  inaugurates a new horizon



The Governor inaugurates the website at the Council Chambers.  

The Council Chamber of the Governor’s Residence (Raj Bhavan) in Kolkata, was the room from which India was ruled, some 200 years ago. That was before Delhi became the capital of India. On Tuesday, 17th July 2001, Shri Viren. J. Shah, Governor of West Bengal launched from this very chamber, a website called www.animalcrusaders.org the website (conceived and developed by Vision A &DC) shows the combined activities of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust and People For Animals, Calcutta. The short, one-hour event was attended by both dignitaries and Media personnel. His Excellency spoke forcefully, with a depth of feeling. He appreciated the efforts of the two trusts and expounded upon the need for such activities to be encouraged. He was particularly impressed to hear of the article 51A (g) of the Indian constitution which states that "it is the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to protect and increase all natural resources like forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for all creatures." Common people take the cue from leaders and intellectuals. His Excellency has shown unwavering solidarity with the movement of animal welfare, recognizing its relevance to a healthy and prosperous society. Indeed, he has taken a keen interest in all areas of social welfare, and endeared himself to people from all walks of life and all strata's of society. The Compassionate Crusaders Trust is fortunate indeed to have Shri Viren. J. Shah as patron.

Para-veterinary care training for OBC boys





Twenty educated, unemployed youths from Other Backward Classes were given certificates of  completion and medical kits, at a ceremony held on Tuesday, 10th July 2001. People for Animals Calcutta organized this three-month, in-house course in Para-Veterinary care, at ASHARI (Animal Shelter cum Hospital and Research Institute). The course was sponsored by the National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation, through the West Bengal Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation. These young men will return to their villages and begin to provide basic health care to animals in and around their villages, apart from bringing them self-employment, their newly acquired expertise will help to improve the economy and health of the villagers. Even educated urbanites are, by and large, unaware of the many zoonotic diseases of which animals are carriers. Moreover, its livestock effects rural economy, and National economy is effected by rural economy. This course has proved the viability of a model, which can be undertaken all over India and also in any other developing country. An important by product of this will be an enhanced awareness of the suffering of mute creatures and a shift in attitudes towards them. This will help create a more compassionate and ethically aware society at all levels. It is Imperative that our interdependence with animals and the environment be consciously acknowledge. Animals and Nature are ours to use and cherish – not abuse and destroy. Whether unknowingly or deliberately, we harm our future generations and ourselves by ignoring this truth.Smt. Bilasi Bala Sahis, Minister of State for Backward Classes Welfare, was deeply appreciative of this project and pledged full support for such projects in future. Other dignitaries included Dr. P.K. Mullick, Director of the National Institute of the Orthopedically Handicapped, and Shri P.K. Jana, M.D. of the W. Bengal Backward Classes Finance & Dev. Corp.In keeping with the holistic principles of the Trust, youngsters from underprivileged groups like the Dakhin Kolikata Samsad, Rehabilitation India, CINI Asha, and Future Hope we invited to the function. Thanks to Hotel Swagat and Kaventer Agro Ltd., everybody enjoyed a hearty lunch with Fruity.Governmental Departments and NGOs fail to achieve optimal output due to crippling tendencies of narrow focuses and petty egoism. Only by breaking barriers and widening our range of vision can we hope to fully utilize our limited resources. To compartmentalize compassion is a crime against humanity. In fruitful cooperation lies the road to success, stability and progress.

"Life is Beautiful" – Dimple for ASHARI......










Life, many say, is ugly; but it becomes beautiful when compassion enters.
Ms. Dimple Kapadia and Gees Jewelers joined hands to create the Life Is Beautiful exhibition-cum- sale, between 1st - 3rd November 2001. The event, hosted by The Park, was graced by the presence of H. E. Mr. Viren J. Shah, Governor of West Bengal and our elegant First Lady, Mrs. Anjana Shah.
Kolkata has always been known for loving beauty, art & culture. The steady stream of visitors from 10 am - 10 p.m. resulted in the rapid depletion of the stocks of exquisite, perfumed candles by Dimple, the delicate Kama range of jewelry, and the pretty baskets on sale. Visitors and volunteers alike were amazed to see how Mrs. Gandhi stayed with the team throughout.
Dimple's presence added to the charm and glamour of the exhibition. Visitors found themselves unable to take their eyes off her, or off Mrs. Gandhi or off the glittering candles and jewelry!
The exhibition cum sale was held for the purpose of raising funds for ASHARI, the animal shelter complex being built on the E. M. Bypass in Mukundpur. The Shelter portion of this landmark project (being built over 4.4 acres of land given by the Government of West Bengal) was inaugurated by H. E. Mr. Viren J. Shah, Governor, in January 2001. The progress of the 2nd phase was retarded due to a paucity of funds. This will be the biggest animal hospital complex in Asia. It will be a model of sustainable rural development. Although it will cater to all animals, special focus will be given to cattle, wild animals and rural preventive health care measures. The zeal and untiring efforts of our volunteers did not escape the notice of Dimple, who, after the end of the last day, complimented them and asked the to select any two candles of their choice as a present from her. This sweet gesture touched everyone, for they had all worked with sincere dedication because they were committed to the cause, not for any reward or gain.
The overwhelming support from the media proved that however hardened journalists may be, they don't lack sensitivity for genuine causes. The openhanded spending of visitors was only partly because the items were so irresistible; the fact that a percentage of the money would be helping distressed animals no doubt induced them to pick up an extra item or two! Truly, when compassion touches our lives, Life attains a new beauty and charm.

Five years ago...camel left in Puja oasis - By Joydeep Thakur

The Asian Age   Metro Kolkata   The Sunday Story


Kolkata, Oct. 8: Pandals to house Durga and her divine entourage during their earthly visit have, with time, evolved into competitive piece of art

to ensure thematic creativity in festive monotony in West Bengal. So far so good. The problem, however, crops up when Puja committees instead

of conjuring up essence of the theme, transport elements from distant lands to impress the same.

As was the case with two camels brought over from Rajasthan by a Puja committee at Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas district in 2000 to

complete its desert theme. Festivities over, the camels were left in the "desert" of despair. While one died within months deprived of its natural

habitat, the other was left in the jaws of death.

The pandal was modelled as an arid zone — replete with sand dunes, an oasis and implanted date palms. The pandal was a great success with

its "camel item" grabbing headlines and people queuing up for the same not to forget the lavish spread for the camels.

Festivities over, the pandal was dismantled and installations cleared.

The camels with ropes around their necks, however, were abandoned to fend for themselves. "Sending them back would have been too expensive

while selling them off as sacrificial animals for Id-ul-Zoha or to interested tannery owners was ruled out because the duo had been used for Puja,"

shared a Puja committee member on conditions of anonymity.

Locals recall seeing the animals ail and morose. Denied their natural surroundings and forced into a famished existence, months passed till animal

rights organization "People for Animals" came to rescue and took the camels to Ashari, its hospital for animals near E.M. Bypass.

"We named the elder camel Jodhaji and the younger and livelier one, Bikaji. Unfortunately, Jodhaji died within a few months leaving behind an even

more restless Bikaji. We faced difficulty getting it to eat and drink again. As time passed, we built a sand enclosure for the loner and planted Babla

and Neem trees to make sure the camel gets its preferred fodder.

Two caretakers were appointed and they, in turn, tutored on understanding the animal by army personnel from Rajasthan," elaborated Amarnath Ghosh,

deputy administrator (technical), Ashari.

He ruled out any possibility of sending the animal to the zoo saying that it was better taken care of in the sprawling 4.5 acres at Ashari.

Come October and Bikaji will hear the same dhak beats which five years ago left it to a condemned existence while the offending Puja

committee was hailed for its novel idea.



Divine Blessings for animals !

3rd December 2002 was a red-letter day, in every sense of the word! Swami Tejomayanandji (Head of the Central Chinmay Mission Trust) and Dr.Smt. Saraladevi Basantkumar Birla visited Ashari. Accompanying them were Swami Advaitanandji, (Head of their Kolkata Center) and Swami Abhay Chaitanya (Head of their Gawahati Center), Shri Sunil Rungta (President of the Calcutta Center) and other Members of the Mission.Swamiji took great interest in the scheme, and lauded the work of helping animals."Animals can live without us – perhaps far more happily – but we can’t live without them," he said. "People are not yet aware of the need for this work, which is why they do not take a more active interest.

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