OUR LEADER

Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Circa 1630-1680) was a legendary leader and ruler who was much ahead of his time. A visionary who changed the course of Indian history by challenging foreigners' domination by creating a vibrant martial society out of a subjugated impoverished population.

A brave and genuinely secular ruler, he respected women and cared for downtrodden and farmers. Shivaji Maharaj was a brave and fearless leader who must be credited for effective use of guerilla warfare to fight a superior enemy force with support from local population, knowledge of terrain, superior mobility and surprise. He converted his impoverished population into a vibrant and highly motivated military force to finally defeat the mighty mughal empire. Though modern historians credit Mao Zedeng and Che Guevara for development of Guerilla warfare, it was the military genius of Shivaji who really practiced it to great success, ahead of these leaders. He laid the foundation of Maratha domination of Indian subcontinent from Tanjaur in South to Attock in NW frontier province, when it was at the peak of its power.

A motivated nationalist leader who fought and lived for his people, achieved success against heavy odds by sheer determination and dedication. His life is an example to be followed by young Indians. A great leader in every aspect, he converted his peasant population into a motivated and ferocious army which never surrendered and created the base of maratha power which ultimately defeated the Mughal empire.

OUR FORMATION

On the occasion to commemorate 300th death anniversary of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on 3rd April, 1980, the then Prime Minister of India, Smt Indira Gandhi, was invited by Maharashtra Government to preside over the function at Raigad Fort. As her helicopter landed, she saw a huge surge of humanity converging on the hill fort. She realized that the great leader's life was an ideal example for the young generation of Indians to emulate, as Shivaji was not just a great leader of men & women, but he was also someone who was brave, secular, immaculate in his personal behavior and who rose above the barriers of race and religion. This leader, who was much ahead of his time, built a fiercely nationalist society and stood up against the might of the huge mughal army and remained unconquered at a time when the rest of India had virtually surrendered to his might. His respect for women and elders was exemplary. His compassion for the deprived and poor was legendary. She instantly realised that Shivaji Maharaj was like a God for his people, and he continues to be so even 300 years after his death.

On her return to Delhi, she formed the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial National Committee at Delhi. She was the chief patron of this organization and Late Giani Zail Singh, the then Home Minister of India, was the first president of this committee. Along with him, most members of the then cabinet also came together to form the Executive Committee of this organization.

Shri Vijay N Patil, a minister in Smt. Indira Gandhi's cabinet, was elected as the General Secretary of the society. Smt. Sumita Devi Dhanwate, a well known author and social worker from Maharashtra, was the other General Secretary of the society. Late Smt. Sumitra Raja Bhonsle, a descendant of Shivaji Maharaj was also a member of the society.

The society was formally registered as a non-profit society under society's act XXX of 1860 on 3rd Oct 1981 under the registration number - S/12051. As a result of this initiative, a large horse mounted statue of Shivaji was erected at Minto Bridge, New Delhi and even this bridge was later renamed after Shivaji Maharaj as Shivaji Bridge. Apart from this, a number of places were named after this great nationalist leader like, Shivaji Stadium, Shivaji Road, Shivaji Place, etc. in capital city.

ABOUT US

Shri Chatrapati Shivaji  Maharaj Memorial National Committee is a non-profit Organisation. It was conceptualised & pioneered in 1981 by Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, to propagate the ideals of Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a great leader who stood against the Mughal Invasion. Shivaji was much ahead of his time, who built a fiercely nationalist society and stood against the might of foreigners' domination and remained unconquered, while the  rest of India virtually surrendered.

The first President of this Committee was Late Giani Zail Singh, the then Home Minister of India. The Committee's HQ is located in Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi. The HQ building was inaugurated by Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, the then President of India, on 15th September, 2009.

The main aim of the Society is to propagate the ideology of Shivaji Maharaj. In pursuit of this noble cause, Society carries out a number of activities across the country, aimed at promoting cultural harmony as advocated by Shivaji Maharaj. We also conduct the following activities :

Vocational training of underprivileged women to become economically independent

Martial Arts training for young men and women

Public libraries at Surat (Gujarat), Nashik (Maharashtra), Bengaluru (Karnataka) and Shivaji Park (Delhi)

We have undertaken a project to raise a museum spread over an area of 20,000 Sq Ft in our HQ premises. This will display artifacts & weapons from Shivaji’s time along with graphics of his forts, details of his campaigns, models of his ships, copies of his orders and other important documents.  An audio visual show will depict the naval battle where the Maratha Navy defeated the Royal Navy fleet at Mumbai Fort.

OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

A. The National Committee shall take steps to establish memorials across the country to commemorate Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

B. To carry on research in the concepts and philosophy, adopted & implemented by Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in developing armed forces, administration and reforming the social structure. The Society aims to give wide publicity through different media to the results of the research so conducted.

C. To project the philosophy of Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj before the people and to take steps necessary to promote the stated aim and objectives.

OUR CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Currently the following activities are being carried out in ten states of India:

1. Self defense training for boys and girls

2. Libraries for students and general public

3. Vocational Training of underprivileged women for self-sufficiency

4. Environmental awareness programs by promoting the use of solar cookers, cotton bags, etc.

5. Helping underprivileged students by distribution of free stationery

CERTIFICATES

  • Registration Certificate
  • 12A Certificate
  • 80G Certificate
  • FCRA Certificate