I am too small a man to write this introductory note on such great socialist leaders. This effort by me & my team to put the otherside on internet is because I fear that with the kind of political atmosphere that prevails in this country people just think all politicians are bad. My thinking is bit different I think 10% are good to its just that these 90% spoil the reputation of these 10%.
The leaders we are detailing in this section are all self-less socialists. They gave everything to the nation & when they died that had nothing of their own. Today their sons & daughters are not claiming their legacy & use politics as a means to enrich themselves.
In the course of my life I have met a few of them with my father Late Rusi Contractor who was a Socialist & even after his death many a times not because of me but because they respected my father.
Amongst them are former Finance Minister Prof Dandvate I can recall all my visits to his house I have never seen a simple living person like him. Prof Dandvate & his wife Pramilaji were amazing workers. I have even travelled with Prof Dandvate in train his knowledge & clean heart always appealed to me, Couple of days back I was travelling from Delhi opposite me was a former Congress MP Ushaben of Kutch when I refered Prof Dandvate's name in a conversation she immediately told me how she respected him & his wife & I was over-whelmed by this.
I am completely impressed by former Defence Minister George saab I am his ardent fan & having met him couple of times I will say he had the poor in his heart. He had students in his heart. When I visited him as a Defence Minister I saw that at the entrance of his house a huge two halls were given to Burmese students for their movement for Democracy there as office cum residence. More than this a incidence I will not forget in my life is the year 1975 during the election campaign then Georgesaab came to Vadodara he came early morning to my Bungalow & slept in the verandah because he did not wish to disturb my father.
I can recall many such incidences with several socialist thinking leaders like Surendra Mohanji, Mrinal Gore & Nanasaheb Gore & Madhu Limaye. I would also not forget local socialist leaders like Jaswanysinh, Motilal Kanojia, Paradkar, Kirit Bhatt the list will go on. Of course my dad not a single day passes without me remembering him & my mother. I came to know these people due to them only. May their soul RIP.
My effort is to tell the people specially the youths that please do not forget these SELFLESS SOCIALIST. Follow Otherside regularly.