Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch
Sri Aurobindo Education Society
About the Founder Surendra Nath Jauhar, "Chachaji" (1903-1986)
surrendering himself to The Mother)
(Surendra Nath seated second from left, captain of the Hockey Team, Dayanada Anglo-Vedic High School, Lahore.)
Chachaji, had his early education at Dayanand Anglo- VedicHigh school and College. Patriotism thus coursed through his veins. 1919 saw him defying British Martial Law Regulations when he beaten up severely by lathis and whipped mercilessly. But the heroic mould is ever made of stern stuff... He was member of the District Congress Committee at Delhi and organized the boycott of foreign cloth throughout Chandini Chowk and read out the Congress Independence Day Pledge and Resolution at the historic Clock tower.
He was immediately arrested and tried in six different courts; and was confined in the Central Jail at Multan for 15 months most of which was in a solitary cell, fettered and isolated from the outside world. He carried the marks around his ankles till the end of his life. These prison days were the darkest in his life, but he would not give in... The Gandhi-Irwin Pact brought him release from prison but not from his commitment...
(Surendranath Jauhar and Dayawati Jauhar with their children)
While his family found a permanent home in the Ashram at Pondicherry under the protective wings of the Mother, Surendranath himself was entrusted with the task of building the New Delhi Branch of the Ashram in his spacious property on the main road leading to Qutab Minar now called `Sri Aurobindo
Marg`. And now the Ashram and the Mother`s International School and their several affiliated institutions have grown during the last thirty-five years!``
Write up: Courtesy Dr. Prema Nandakumar