Shri Jamnalal Bajaj – the guiding force and inspiration to all, was among the stalwarts who gave of himself completely – mind, body and soul to India’s freedom movement. Freedom fighter, social reformer and humanitarian, Shri Jamnalal Bajaj was the epitome of selflessness and philanthropy.
Shri Jamnalalji overreached himself in making words into deeds and in implementing the Constructive Programme of Mahatma Gandhi. Be it propagating khadi, contributing towards Dalit welfare, women’s emancipation, business ethics or preservation of cattle wealth through Goseva (Welfare of cows). He did it all. In addition, he even took part in the non-cooperation movement in 1921, the Salt Satyagraha in 1930, individual Satyagraha and also the Jaipur Satyagraha in 1939. So much so that Mahatma Gandhi adopted him as his `fifth son’.
Shri Kamalnayan Bajaj, Jamnalal Bajaj’s eldest son followed in his revered footsteps and extended help to causes such as education, medical care and famine and flood relief.
His younger son Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj continued to keep alive the memory of his father as a social worker par excellence. With utmost humility and dedication and on behalf of the family, Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj set up Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, embodying the ideologies of his great father… to promote and propagate Shri Jamnalal Bajaj’s philanthropic vision, as also Gandhian ideology of rural development.
The Foundation was set up in 1977 and was inaugurated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Shri Jamnalal Bajaj (i.e. on 4th November) by Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai. The affairs of the Foundation were guided by Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj for 17 years as the pivotal figure leading, guiding and assisting in the spread of Gandhian constructive work and philanthropy. After his demise in 1994, Mr. Rahul Bajaj took over as the Chairman of the Foundation. Over the years, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation is revered as an excellent example of a Gandhian establishment following Gandhian philosophies with the ultimate aim of focusing on rural development and improving the socio-economic fabric of our country.