It was those hot humid months of the year when everyone is just waiting for a good rain in the country. On June 2015, Ananda hi Ananda global advisory chairman Shri Ajay singh ji gave me his phone and said my close friend or you can call him my elder brother, wants to speak with you. I took his phone and on the other end a gentle voice said Pranam Vivek ji ! Its a first time i was hearing this voice but within seconds i knew i am talking to someone with whom i would have a deep relationship. I reciprocated the greetings, exchanged news and had chat for few minutes. The person with whom i was speaking it was none other than Shri Ramnath Kovind ji, who will be on all accounts the future president of India.
It was a beginning of new and quite a warm relationship, within couple of months Shri Ramnath Kovind ji was nominated as the governor of Bihar state of India. Soon after being informed Mr Ajay singh went to Delhi, and within few hours of reaching,my mobile rang again. I congratulated Shri Ramnath Kovind ji on his new appointment. I was invited to swearing in ceremony, i generally avoid going to these program but on the insistence of Mr Ajay Singh and Kovind ji, i went to Bihar. It was a day before of swearing in ceremony on month of August when Shri Ramnath Kovind ji and i met in Rajbhavan Bihar, discussed about many things, i found in him a soul which had a wide relationship with spirituality and other aspects of life. Even in this busy time of taking charge of Governor of Bihar, he would find time to discuss with me the philosophy. I had known many individuals from political background, but knowing Shri Ramnath Kovind ji was something i cherish. We can sit for long many hours and just discuss aspects of life, meditation, books. Since that time i would often receive call from Bihar Rajbhavan, a trembling voice would often try to confirm with me if i am really Vivek ji? But soon after confirmation they would hand over the call to their "Mahamahim" from where a gentle voice would say Pranam Vivek ji ! We would speak about philosophy, common pleasantries etc, sometime it was about what is going in the world, we would speak about the affairs of life. I found in him a soul of a man who has not lost the reach of humanity in his being. But this is not the end i would often wonder how does Shri Ramnath Kovind finds time to call and discuss the conformity of philosophy in such a busy schedule.
Shri Ramnath kovind ji had asked me many times to visit Bihar as i always wanted to go to Bodhgaya, sit in the place where Lord Buddha had sat, Bihar is one of the state where i had gone least in this country. I had to keep postponing the visit of Bihar for many months but the kind insistence of Shri Ramnath Kovind ji was no where to end, at the end i had to tell him that after the Sinhastha Kimbh i would come to Bihar to see and visit him.
It was June 2016 when i landed in Bihar, since my flight was delayed i reached the Raj Bhavan Patna pretty late. I was escorted to my room in Rajbhavan by the staff, i had not even sat on the room another staff came running into the room and informed me " Sahab Wants to see you" I said " please give me few minutes and then take me to "Mahamahim"
On saying that the staff said " Please be here Mahamahim is coming here shortly i came to inform you" I was perplexed. I had known that Governors have to follow many protocol etc, i said to staffer "no let me go to see him" which was just not heard.
Within few minutes Shri Ramnath Kovind ji came in the room, with a warmth of Namskaar ! We sat for long discussed about my journey and common pleasantries. Hon Governor asked his staff to take care of me as i may have many reservations about food and laughed. I was touched by his humility, gentleness and simplicity.
Next morning after breakfast again a staffer came running with the news that "Mahamahim" is coming, and soon Hon Governor of Bihar was in my room, we started to discuss many aspects of life, philosophy,consciousness, meditation and much more. We would speak and he would bring gentle moments of laughter.
As long as i was in Patna this became daily ritual, i felt his warmth touch, his serenity, his understanding of not only the work he was doing as per the constitutional task but his humane nature, his instincts to understand the world beyond the limit of human intellect. At the same time in his full strength he would involve himself and immerse in his work as governor of Bihar.
This is the first time i am giving my personal account of my relationship with Shri Ramnath Kovind ji. Since his candidature has been put forward for President of India, i had read many news paper, articles and immature remarks about him. And this is all done by the people who have hardly known Shri Ramtha Kovind ji. Many news papers have carried on his identity as dalit in bold letter for his candidature. It was my utmost disbelief that articles do not stop here. In my two years long relationship what i have known was something none of the articles have even pointed to. The president of India and his/her qualities are something which should aspire millions of people. The job of president is not only having figurehead of Indian republic holding constitution of India but also to show a way for nations youth and citizens to create a creative model for life. Shri Ramnath Kovind showers all these qualities, the president of India, as a first citizen has a duty to showcase his life as mission, whose message and life should evoke a new emblem for nations growth, who would give different dimensions of life while carrying his constitutional duties.
I have found in Hon Ramnath Kovind ji all those qualities when we discussed books, articles, the mythologies of Indian sub continents, the rituals, progress of man, the limitless sky of human horizon, the future of India and her citizens. One should also remember that he has proved beyond doubt his understanding of law and constitution while working several years as lawyer and his appointment as Governor of Bihar.
It is very important to note that the choice of Shri Ramnath kovind is the message to the soul of this nation that yes there will be man holding this office who would inspire millions of people for their life journey, where life is about finding the balance of spiritual and material, where life is about searching and discovering which is hidden in our existential expressions.
It is the message to Indian citizen yes there will be a man as president who would hold the constitution as his lamp to brighten the face of this democracy. The nomination of Shri Ramnath Kovind ji is the message to the world, yes there will be man holding the highest office of Indian republic who understands the concept of peace and philosophy in life, who understands the messages of this culture and without doubt who understand mother India.
My best wishes for dear Shri Ramnath Kovind ji, inspire India and the world for decades to come.