There is an ancient saying, “Do good things for others without expecting anything in return and great things will happen to you. The good deeds you do selflessly for others generate good karma for you in your life.” This saying is especially true for Mr. Jitendra Dhingra, currently the District Governor of Rotary District 3080. He is also an Apex Member of the Art of Living, Haryana Apex Body, General Secretary of the Haryana Roller Skating Association and Joint Secretary of the Roller Skating Federation of India.
“When very young, I used to go home in the afternoon from Gita School and on the way was the Kurukshetra Railway Station. At that time, two trains used to stop there – the Flying Mail and the Deluxe. In the summer months, when it was scorching hot, I saw some people volunteering to serve water to the passengers of those trains and I also joined in doing this service to humanity. The blessings I got from the passengers gave me an impetus to devote as much of my time I could to doing such noble work and being of assistance to the needy. It is a wonderful feeling to see a smile on someone’s face when you provide assistance to them in their hour of need,” avers Mr. Jitendra Dhingra, bliss apparent on his face.
The formative years
Mr. Jitendra Dhingra was born in Sonepat, where his father Mr. Ram Ditta Mal Dhingra had a transport business while his mother, Mrs. Sumitra Devi, was a home-maker. “My parents shifted to Kurukshetra, so I did my entire schooling and higher education from Kurukshetra University. I did my BA and LLB from here,” he says.
“However, the real education of everyone comes from what they learn from home, what their parents teach them,” states Mr. Dhingra. “I was lucky that my parents instilled in me the importance of leading an ethical and honest life, of being compassionate to others, of respecting the achievement of people and believing in teamwork.”
In 1978, Mr. Jitendra Dhingra joined the family business of Agri Finance and Rice Manufacturing and Exports and steadily advanced his business on the twin foundations of a structured approach and upgrading of skills and technologies to global standards.
Service above self
Mr. Dhingra joined the Rotaract Club in 1984 when it was formed in the educational institution where he was studying.
Rotaract is a global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaractors exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills and have fun through service. “I was very happy to get involved and help bring out change in our community,” he simply states.
In 1993, Mr. Jitendra Dhingra joined Rotary Club Kurukshetra. Rotary is a 110 year old organization in which more than a million people world-wide unite and take action to create lasting change. Rotarians, globally, have bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation and fight disease.
Mr. Jitendra Dhingra served as the President of Rotary Club Kurukshetra in 1996-97. He served at the district level in each and every capacity and attended innumerable Rotary International Conventions and Institutes. He was awarded the prestigious Rotary International award ‘Service Above Self’ by RI President Wilfred J Wilkinson in 2007-08. He served as a volunteer in the ‘International Medical Mission’ in Rwanda in 2014-15. He became a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation and all his family members also became Paul Harris Fellows. He was elected as the District Governor of Rotary District 3080 for the year 2019-20. The District is spread over parts of Uttarkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
“I am proud to say,” Mr. Dhingra exclaims, “that we are 87 Clubs in the District with nearly 4000 members. As a team, we are involved in organizing immunization programmes under Polio Plus, health camps, eye camps, tree plantations to save the environment, adoption of schools and villages and many other similar projects. All these are done on a voluntary basis by Rotarians through their own funds or funds raised from other equally socially conscious people. It’s an amazing collective effort.”
In the late nineties, Mr. Jitendra Dingra embarked on a journey to ‘find himself.’
“I met and interacted with many Sadhus, Swamis and Gurus. However, what attracted me the most were the teachings of the great spiritual leader, the founder of Art of Living – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Art of Living works on the human aspect of every individual. It brings out the best in you. It makes the person very serene and dynamic too. Each one of us is a form of God. What is God ? He is nothing but total peace, joy, bliss, dynamism, enthusiasm, love. When we exhibit these qualities we are one with GOD. I really liked this philosophy,” states Mr. Dhingra emphatically.
Today, he is an Apex Member of the Art of Living, Haryana Apex Body.
The Motivator and the Inspiration
Ask Mr. Dhingra what drives him to help humanity and achieve new benchmarks in his business and social life, and his answer is immediate and straightforward – “It’s my wife, Ritu Dhingra. She drives me, pushes me forward and ensures that I give my 100 percent to anything that I take up or am given responsibility for.”
How Jitendra and Ritu Dhingra got married is an interesting story by itself.
“Ritu and her family stayed in our neighborhood only,” relates Mr. Jitendra Dhingra. “One day, my father and us family members went to their house on a social visit. Ritu and I got engaged in the evening and got married the same night. It was a quick decision but the best I have made in my life.”
Ritu is a qualified Art of Living Yoga Teacher and is as much involved in being of assistance to the needy as her husband is.
They have two sons – Satyam, who is working in Toronto, Canada and Shubham, who recently completed his studies in Paris, France and is now working in Bengaluru.
Jitendra Dhingra is very clear in his approach and advises the youth, “To be successful you have to work hard. Nothing comes by itself. Work diligently and honestly, try to help others and success will be yours,” he concludes.