The board outside the main gate of a school in Warsaw  mentioning the school named after the Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijay Sinhji . ( Photo  courtesy: The Hindu)
The board outside the main gate of a school in Warsaw mentioning the school named after the Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijay Sinhji . ( Photo courtesy: The Hindu)

Warsaw: In a rare gesture, the Polish parliament unanimously passed a resolution to pay homage to the memory of late Jam Saheb Digvijay Sinhji on the occasion of the 50th death anniversary of the Jam Saheb (ruler) who during World War II had provided shelter to 5,000 Polish orphans in his princely state in India. 

In a resolution the parliament said,"February 3 marked the 50th death anniversary of Jam Saheb Digvijay Sinhji, a man who had freely and objectively helped over thousands of Polish children that were evacuated from the Soviet Union after 24 December 1941."

A few year years ago, in the Wola district of the Polish capital, the statue of Jam Saheb was erected to commemorate his memory in a square known as Good Maharaja. Both Indian Ambassador Ajay Bisaria and the Mayor of Wola placed  wreathes on the monument.

"What the Polish Parliament has done today is a remarkable gesture on its part. Traditionally and historically both India and Poland share a common human value system.Our understanding towards each other is gaining grounds by each day passing. The recent visit of the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland to India to participate 'Make In India' in Mumbai has cemented our relationship," said Bisaria.

Two years ago, India and Poland had co-produced a film "Children of Jamnagar" to acknowledge the contribution made by Jamsaheb which was released at the Rashtapati Bhavan in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee. The film was directed by Anu  Radha and Sumit Osmand Shaw. 

Also known as “A LITTLE POLAND IN INDIA”, it is the true and heart-warming story of the then Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja of Nawanagar, nephew of famous Indian cricketer Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji of the Jadeja clan, a princely state in the Kathiawar Peninsula, off Gujarat, where human compassion is customary since generations.  

During World War II, about 1000 Polish children from war-torn, occupied Poland and Soviet prison camps in Stalin’s Siberia travelled all the way to India, where Jam Sahib took personal risks to make arrangements at a time when the world was at war and India was struggling for its independence. He built a camp for them in a place called Balachadi beside his summer palace, 25 km from his capital city Jamnagar, and made them feel at home. 

This film has been shown on Polish TV channels many a time.

(Surender Bhutani can be contacted at suren84in@yahoo.com)

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Guest ALloyd the time for the last 70 years, Congress rule, history was fabricated ,fed to the students that ba Akbar was grest,Moguls generosity ( which is utterly wrong). The sycophancy had gone to such a level by leftist history writers that Auromega Jeb used to live by stichung hats and selling despite king. That is our leftist brainless intellectual writers along with congress sycophants . Now, one can observe why this great Maharaj was not taught in schools is that he saved 5000 women and children from STALIN BRUTAL S IBERIAN CAMPS.
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