Nation Calling – An NRI’s desire to serve the country
Raja Chandra Gajula is not just another Indian who left his homeland for greener pastures. While working overseas for nearly two decades, he observed firsthand the living conditions and hardships of the majority of India’s expatriate workforce. As he has always been passionate about social service and giving back to the Indian community, this was a turning point in his life. He has strived to the best in his ability to uplift, empower and improve the standard of living of this part of the expatriate community, overseas. It now intends to achieve this at the local level by facilitating innovative solutions in the areas of health, education, clean water and sanitation, pollution control, energy renewables, etc. infrastructure that builds stronger communities. The ultimate vision is to raise awareness of sustainable development and partner with policy makers and work towards achieving the above goals without impacting the environment. Raja Chandra Gajula is from Kosgi, a municipality in Narayanpet District, Telangana State, India. Kosgi is about 100 km from the capital Hyderabad. Notable towns near Kosgi are Narayanpet, Kodangal, Tandur, Pargi and Mahabubnagar. Coming from a very modest background, Raja made Kosgi and the nation proud when he excelled in academic studies and in his professional career. He is a mechanical engineer and also holds masters degrees in water and environmental technologies and project management from prestigious Indian universities. He is also a member of many national and world-renowned organizations in a professional capacity. During his two decades of professional exposure abroad, Raja has won numerous accolades and appreciations from different governments and organizations in the Middle East, namely the State of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain. . Some of Raja’s notable contributions include playing a key role in overall planning at the national level; facilitate the authorizations of statutory departments and the implementation of mega infrastructure projects in the areas of drinking water and sanitation; highways and bypasses; sewage treatment plants; housing estates and environmental projects. Raja is a Chartered Engineer and Class 1 Class A Chartered Professional Engineer. His qualifications and experience have enabled him to effectively contribute to the successful delivery of major government infrastructure projects that have served the society and the nation. During his time abroad, he was instrumental in organizing medical camps, extended his support to the PM-Cares Fund while the Indian government dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. Raja also sympathized with the Indian labor community and attempted to help and uplift them within his jurisdiction. As a supporter of the Skill India Mission campaign, the brainchild of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, he has encouraged many workers in India’s expatriate community to upgrade their technical skills and become skilled workers, thereby enabling them to earn a respectable living and improve their lives. living standards. These real-life situations fueled in him a passionate desire to serve his homeland and his own people. At this point, a bold decision to say goodbye to his lucrative career and lifestyle was made. Raja Chandra is an ardent disciple of Swami Vivekananda and was greatly inspired by his teachings. The path of his spiritual journey was inspired by his mother Smt. Gajula Sumitra, who encouraged him to participate in Ramakrishna Mutt activities from an early age. He is also an ISKCON follower and a firm believer that the Bhagawad Geeta has answers to all of life’s mundane problems and challenges. Although Raja is a scholar and a philanthropist, he is also a nature lover and loves to travel. During his travels in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, etc., he observed and experienced transparent infrastructures in place and aspired to bring home similar developments in the areas of health, water and sanitation, renewable energy resources, etc. His one-off mission has been to explore ways to meet the challenges in India as effectively as those accomplished by his international counterparts. Raja is a strong supporter of the Make in India initiative and believes that a society’s problems should be solved by local solutions. Its mantra is “a self-sufficient, self-sufficient and secure India”. Raja’s arduous journey is ably supported by his parents – Shri. Gajula Subhash and Smt. Gajula Sumitra; his sisters, Smt. Krishnaveni Varala and Smt. Jyothirmayi Kosgi; Spouse Smt. Preethi and her children. We wish Raja all the best in his endeavors and hope he is successful in driving further growth in the transformation.