Selfmade Billonaire Langar Baba, Who Came to India during Partition, to Get Padma Shri This Republic Day
Just as hard work pays off, humanitarian work does never go unrecognized. Selfmade billionaire Jagdish Lal Ahuja, popularly known as Langar Baba, is among the 118 Padma Shree awardees from the field of social work this year. He is selected for a Padma Shree for selflessly organizing daily langars to feed over 500 poor patients and their attendees at Chandigarh’s Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for more than 30 years.
Born in Peshawar, Pakistan, Jagdish Lal Ahuja aka Langar Baba came to India after the partition. The life full of uncertainties in the aftermath of partition forced him to earn a livelihood for his family. He did relentlessly work hard to provide for his family and became a selfmade billionaire. His memory of the time when he came emptyhanded to India during the partition did not fade away even after he made fortunes and earned fame.
He felt a strong urge to give back to the country where he found home and made it big in life, and started langar to serve the underprivileged in Chandigarh in the 1980s. Since then, he has been organizing langars to feed patients and their families outside PGIMER. Poor patients and their families belonging to the underprivileged background come to Chandigarh from remote places for medical treatment. Most of them can’t afford food alongside medicines. Helping them whatever way he could has been a daily ritual with him. A religious practice!
He is suffering from stomach cancer, even which does not deter his humanitarian mission and unflinching dedication in serving the needy. He is now 84 years old.