Harshal Pushkarna was born in a family of nationalist journalists-writers. His father Nagendra Vijay is a senior journalist while grandfather Vijaygupta Maurya was a pioneer science writer and an ornithologist. He was surrounded by books and stories of revolutionaries, patriots and scientists from childhood. Reading such books inspired him to choose the field of meaningful journalism, and he started his journey with Safari magazine (www.safari-india.com) in his teenage.
Safari magazine was his dream project that would nurture and nourish children of Gujarat with knowledge and nationalism. He joined ‘Safari’ in 1989 at the age of 14 years, and worked as an office assistant for some years. He was gradually upgraded to higher posts on basis of working skills. Meanwhile he completed his schooling and college. But he had already found his true calling by then. It was to continue the family tradition of nationalist and meaningful journalism, keeping pace with changing times. There is no looking back since then. As a science writer he started his career with his own magazine.
He has worked as an honorary scientific adviser to Science City, Gandhinagar.
He has written in-depth articles on various subjects like astronomy, defence, Information Technology, animal world, history, geography, military technology in his monthly Safari magazine.
The book is available in 3 languages viz. English, Marathi and Gujarati.
People of India, at large, are not aware of the arduous tasks brave soldiers of the Indian Army are carrying out in Siachen Glacier. The brave soldiers are holding the enemy at bay at an average altitude of 20,000 feet in the frigid cold ranging between 20° and 50° Celsius below the freezing point. People of India have no inkling about the terrific physical and mental strain that world’s most inhospitable terrain puts on the soldiers of Indian Army. In order to acquaint the people of India about the reality of physical and psychological challenges faced by gallant soldiers of the Indian Army, day-in and day-out in Siachen; Harshal Pushkarna has took up a non-commercial initiative called Siachen Awareness Drive.
The basic idea of Siachen Awareness Drive is in twofold: (1) to ignite the spirit of patriotism in the people of India; (2) to encourage the youth to join the army and serve the nation. Moreover, Harshal Pushkarna encourages the audience to write letters, greeting cards etc. to the soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces.
During his program he distributes postcards to the audience and ask them write a few lines of greetings to the soldiers. This is done under the name 'एक खत फौजी के नाम' meaning 'A letter to an Indian soldier'.
He also requests girls/ladies present in the audience to send Rakhis to the soldiers on the festival of Raksha Bandhan.
Siachen Awareness Drive programs are absolutely free for all, and have successfully been done in cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bharuch, Bhuj, Anjar, Jamnagar, Kandivali (West) and Ghatkopar (West), Mumbai, Porbandar, Kalol, Anand, Killa Pardi (Valsad), Navsari, Junagadh, Morbi, Valsad, Nagpur (Maharashtra) etc so far.
Harshal Pushkarna's Siachen Awareness Drive continues as there are more cities on the list.
Siachen Awareness Drive program has been conducted in many cities of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Here is a list of the cities. Click on the More Info to view details and pictures.
|Program No.||City||Date||More Info|
|30||NAVSARI||14th August 2018|
|29||SURAT||12th August, 2018|
|28||MUMBAI (GHATKOPAR)||10th JUNE, 2018|
|27||SURAT||18th May 2018|
|26||JAMNAGAR||3rd MARCH 2018|
|25||BHAVNAGAR||4TH FEBRUARY 2018|
|24||PATAN||21ST JANUARY 2018|
|23||NAGPUR||29TH NOVEMBER 2017|
|22||VALSAD||11TH NOVEMBER 2017|
|21||MORBI||3RD SEPTEMBER 2017|
|20||JUNAGADH||2ND SEPTEMBER 2017|
|19||AHMEDABAD||14TH AUGUST 2017|
|18||NAVSARI||6TH AUGUST 2017|
|17||KILLA PARDI, VALSAD||5TH AUGUST 2017|
|16||ANAND||22ND JULY 2017|
|15||PORBANDAR||2ND JULY 2017|
|14||JAMNAGAR||1ST JULY 2017|
|13||RAJKOT||11TH JUNE 2017|
|12||SURAT||10TH JUNE 2017|
|11||KALOL (GANDHINAGAR)||21ST MAY 2017|
|10||MUMBAI||30TH APRIL 2017|
|9||MUMBAI||29TH APRIL 2017|
|8||JAMNAGAR||9TH APRIL 2017|
|7||ANJAR||2ND APRIL 2017|
|6||BHUJ||1ST APRIL 2017|
|5||BHARUCH||19TH MARCH 2017|
|4||BARODA||19TH FEBRUARY 2017|
|3||RAJKOT||12TH FEBRUARY 2017|
|2||SURAT||5TH FEBRUARY 2017|
|1||AHMEDABAD||26TH JANUARY 2017|
The National Defence Fund was set up to take charge of voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation. The Fund is used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces (including Para Military Forces) and their dependents.
Click the following link to know more
ARRANGE A DRIVE IN YOUR CITY
If you wish to create an awareness among the people of your city as to how our brave soldiers posted in Siachen perform their duty 24x7, what difficulties do they face, and what, as a citizen we can do for them, ‘Siachen Awareness Drive’ program is the right platform.
You can arrange a program in your city, and be a part of this nation-bound activity.
Fill in the details in the following form and send your enquiry. We will get back to you soon.