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Shri Gopal Swarup Pathak – Once I had the opportunity of meeting Shri Gopal Swarup Pathak when he was the Vice-President of India during 1970-74. He called me at his Neeti Bagh residence in order to update his Library. When I entered the ground floor I found Pathak ji standing bare-foot near the entry door. He told me that his library was on the first floor and asked me to take off my shoes before going upstairs. I was there for about an hour to do the job and before leaving I hesitantly asked Pathak ji, “Sir I have noted two unusual things viz.: (1) you asked me to take off my shoes; and (2) I have noticed large number of Tulsi plants all over in the lawn of your house.” He told me that he was a devotee of “Mata Anandmei” and therefore a portion of the first floor was reserved for her to stay whenever she was in Delhi. Being a sacred place nobody was allowed to go upstairs with shoes on, and about Tulsi plants he told me that on the day of Grah-Parvesh, Mata Anandmei planted one Tulsi plant near the entry gate and all other plants are due to that miracle.

Shri Fakharuddin Ali Ahmed – He was then the President of India in 1974. I, alongwith a delegation of the Ram Lila Committee, met him at the Rashtrapati Bhawan to present him a Book on “Ramayana”.

Shri R. Venkataraman – (former President of India) Before his elevation as the Vice-President of India in 1984 he was the Chief Editor and founder of Labour Law Journal. Since I was an authorised stockist of LLJ in Delhi, he visited my Bookshop in early eighties. I was in regular contact with him till his retirement.

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