Another fabulous event with over 350 registrations the event was a success from the word go….Another Historic day for GACS Maharashtra Chapter. This launch for sure, is a milestone & will impact lives of individuals associated with this movement.
Evening started off well with Vineet Panchhi taking up the stage and inviting all the members to take their seats. The event then got kick started with Vineet being the Emcee for this entire flow. Together with it, this amazing & much awaited event started on Time J with the folks from Delhi, Gujarat, Pune, Hyderabad reaching much before lunch and local members flocked in much before the start of the event. It was great to see the positive energy flowing through the Maharashtra Chapter Members during this entire engagement.
As a ritual and with our commitment towards safety, the event got kicked off with safety and security briefing by Purvesh Gada, Chapter Leader Maharashtra.
The National Anthem was Sung by kids of DRONA FOUNDATION, Dharavi. With the objective of providing experiential learning which creates result in terms of enhancement in employ-ability, Drona imparts not only education but training and experience. National Anthem as always brought all the leaders, colleagues and the fraternity members to stand still & reignited the energy within the venue. This was followed by the lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest, Keynote Speaker and Advisory Board Member of GACS Mr Bibhor Srivastava and Mr Gyan Singh Rathore, Advisor Ministry of Tourism India.
Abasaheb then briefed the attendees on the context of this event & the challenges ahead in this region.
Maharashtra Chapter then got formally launched with all the chapter leaders on stage… Vibhu Narayan lead it from the front with Abasaheb Kale, Aman Malhotra, Lawkesh Jain and Harmesh Dua actively supporting this movement. Rahul Lal represented the Central Working Committee during this launch on stage. This launch was applauded by all the attendees in the venue.
This was followed by the address by the Chief Guest Vice Admiral Girish Luthra (Retd) C-IN-C Western Naval Command, is a PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC is a retired officer of Indian Navy who served as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Western Naval Command from 1 June 2016 to 30 January 2019. He touched upon extensively on the India’s situation in the region, terrorism and the formation of Indo Pacific Region. An amazing speech with loads of content & it kept the audience on the edge of the chairs for the entire duration. Chief Guest was felicitated by Harmesh Dua and Rahul Lal.
The keynote address for the evening was titled "The key features of a peaceful business environment & strong economic growth for India– “National Security & Disaster Management”. This talk harped upon the tension between the globalization of the world economy and the growing nationalism of world politics which is at a deepening risk. Our speaker, Air Commodore (Dr) Rahul Anand Maslekar kept everyone spellbound with the in depth knowledge on this subject & its relevance to all of us. Air Commodore was commissioned in the flying branch of IAF in June 1984 & he retired after over 35 years of service in August 2017. He is a helicopter pilot and has amassed over 6000 hrs of operational and instructional flying in the country and abroad. He was part of Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka and United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Post-retirement, he was selected as National Level Master Trainer by Election Commission of India, New Delhi. He was felicitated by Aman Malhotra and Santosh Upadhyay for this time and knowledge.
Thought Leader's Discussion on "Relevance Of Corporate's in National Security" was much sought after. We were delighted to have stalwarts’ from various organizations as a part of this discussion. Vibhu Narayan, Vice President India Head Corporate Services, Reliance Jio moderated this engrossing session and had the following as panelists :
D. Shivanandan, Ex Director General Police Maharashtra
Santosh S Warrick, Chief Fire Officer & Fire Advisor of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation
Anil Parab, Divisional Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade
Col. Nitesh Kumar, NSG
Mahesh Narvekar, Chief Officer Disaster Mgmt. Group, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
Vilas Vishnu Shinde, Chairman, Sahyadri Farmers & Producers Company Limited
These thought leaders brought so many aspects of security on the table that it was an eye opener for the entire community present there. We as a part of the corporate world, definitely have a large role to play in national security & some very constructive thoughts were brought to table. Bibhor Srivastava, Advisory Board Member GACS, and Sanjeev Tiwari felicitated the panelists and thanked them for their time and vision.
The next session was amazing and kept all of us spell bound… It was a life time opportunity to hear about 26/11 from the “Man Himself”.. Sh. Pratap Karguppikar, ex Fire Chief Mumbai Fire Brigade. 26/11 was one of the most painful moments in the history of modern India. But our forces bravely pulled us out of that dastardly attack. It is a scar that still hurts within. Mr Karguppikar, brought to us the actual situation, world's biggest fire rescue operation conducted during 26/11 attacks which rescued more than 500 persons trapped in Hotel Taj Mahal, Mumbai. The perspective was thrilling and gave us goose bumps all the way. We thank him for sharing it with us. Ajit Pandey from GACS Delhi and Surendra Singh Bisht from GACS Gujarat chapter felicitated him.
This was followed by GACS update wherein the audience was given a view of GACS and the entire functioning around the country. It was very well received by the audience who were extremely happy to know about the development of the fraternity.
The next in line was the Women Power wherein Sabiha Attarwala was invited on stage to take the proceedings forward. She then recalled the incident of November 7, 2018, wherein a 25-year-old flight attendant with Jet Airways, put her safety training to perfect use when she noticed smoke coming out of an apartment on the ninth floor of Gokul Panchwati building in the suburb of Andheri. She ran up the nine floors and broke into the locked apartment with a crash axe before emptying nine fire extinguishers. She managed to successfully douse the fire before the firemen arrived. She was helped by her brother and a neighbor. The trio together carried all the fire extinguishers and the crash axe from their own building nearby. This was indeed a fabulous effort by the young lady. We at GACS recognize such valuable contributions towards building the society & she was felicitated by the Aman Malhotra and Capt Rajesh Sharma.
The Final event of the evening was Classical Violin Recital by Pt. Milind Raikar & Master Yadnesh Raikar, Pandit Vishwanath Shirodkar (Tabla) & Ms.Kanaka Rao (Swarmandal), who paid homage to our Pulwama Bravehearts. This final event kept everyone on their seats and kept them glued till the fag end of the event. This amazing performance brought out the memories of the Pulwama Incident & kept everyone in sincere hope towards a better world. The entire team was felicitated by the Mumbai Chapter Leaders Lawkesh Jain & Harmesh Dua.
Vineet Concluded the evening with his amazing poetry... it was overall an event that left an impression on all of us.
The entire Organizing team together with the Chapter leaders were invited on stage and were given a thunderous round of applause by the audience, who appreciated their work and commitment towards getting GACS to establish into Maharashtra. Fabulous work done team.. we are so proud of you.