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Spiritual leader Dada JP Vaswani passes away at 99 in Pune

The mortal remains of Vaswani, known for promoting vegetarianism and animal rights, have been kept at the mission for followers to pay their last respect.

New Delhi: Ahead of his 100th birthday in August, spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Dada JP Vaswani, died in Pune on Thursday morning.

“0901hrs IST July 12 2018, on sacred Guruvaar day, our Beloved Revered Dada J.P. Vaswani passes on, from the seen to the unseen. Ever-loving, ever-giving, may he continue to bless us from the beyond,” the mission tweeted.

Born on August 2, 1918 in Pakistan’s Hyderabad city in a Sindhi family, Dada Vaswani, as he was popularly known, was the head of the Pune-based Sadhu Vaswani Mission, a non-profit organisation involved in social work and charity.

The organisation runs educational institutions and hospitals in the city.

“For last few days, he was admitted to the city-based private hospital and he was discharged on Wednesday night,” one of the mission members said.

The mortal remains of Vaswani, known for promoting vegetarianism and animal rights, have been kept at the mission for followers to pay their last respect.

The last rites will be performed at the mission at 5pm on Friday.

The mission was planning a big celebration on his 100th birthday next month which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to attend, a mission member said.

Modi visited the mission for the first time in 2013, when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani was among those who frequently visited the mission.

President Ram Nath Kovind also condoled Dada Vaswani’s death.

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