He is likely to be
remembered more for the society he established and built up-Bharat Vikas
Parishad. He conceived it as an Indian version of the Rotary or Lion's Club, a
movement to provide indigenous roots for rootless elite - the 'koi hai'
type snobs who remind one of Macaulay's pronounced aim of English education. Now
the Parishad has grown into an All-India body which organises many
service-oriented projects, the latest being gifting artificial limbs to
Heading an All-India network, he had the usual lot of disappointments and
dejections from people who talk in tones but practice in gram. He would often
share with me the seamy side of life but never withdrew into the cocoon of
inaction. How badly I will miss him!
- Dr. Bhai Mahavir
Dr. Suraj Prakash, the
founder Secretary General of BVP, was an institution in himself. My long
association with him since early days of the organisation is memorable. His
initial field of making members of BVP consisted of his colleague doctors and
the patients that came to him for treatment. Dr. would treat his patients as
family members even not charging consultation fees from some of them and
treat in general with humour.
During his tour to
distant places, sometimes I would accompany him. This was one of his salient
quality to promote confidence in his nearest colleague members. Once at a
Railway Station, he took something to eat. I asked the doctor, why he was taking
this which he would prohibit others to take. The doctor said, "Prakash, when you
are out at a distant place, take whatever is available, otherwise you will
starve". During his tour at one place, a member asked the doctor." Dr. you don't
do Pooja or go to temple whereas you talk of Bhartiya Sanskriti. The doctor
replied, "Bharat Mata is my temple and my every breath goes to her worship by
nourishing the great organization BVP".
was top priority in Dr. Suraj Prakash's life. After finishing Parishad work at
Doctor's house/office, I would generally accompany him to his clinic in
Paharganj. There I could see long queue of patients waiting patiently for the
doctor who was sometime late by two hours according to his schedule time. That
shows an utmost trust that the people reposed in the medical man.
- Prakash Chandra
Dr. Suraj Prakash Gupta
was an apostle of truth and sacrifice and engaged in the service of poor & needy
persons without any hitch & fear. He was a great Karma Yogi being a
truthful person believing in Bhartiya Sanskriti.
He did not believe in
pomp & show and was the follower of "Simple Living & High Thinking" and always
cherished the same as motto of the Parishad and also was preaching to the
members of Bharat Vikas Parishad that functions should be simple but elegant,
for elegance can be achieved without expensive & gaudy display.
observed discipline & punctuality in his life and had always said: "Punctuality
is the expressive symbol of intrinsic culture, self-discipline and high sense of
responsibility which should be the hallmark of everyone who wants to be counted
among the elite. Bharat Vikas Parishad being the most elitist of all
socio-cultural organisations is expected to take the lead in observing
discipline and punctuality not only in our organisational work but also in our
own private life"
- Anand Prakash