City’s Khandelwal becomes youngest Grand Master of GLI

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Nov 2017 09:56:35


Special Correspondent,

RAJEEV Ramkrishna Khandelwal has been unanimously elected as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of India (GLI) for 2018-2021, on Saturday.
Khandelwal will be the first Nagpurian to occupy the highest office of Freemasonry in India. He will be the youngest Grand Master since the consecration of the GLI. He will take over the reigns from Harcharansingh Ranauta to become the 17th Grand Master in the New Year.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Khandelwal is among the 73 highly decorated prominent Freemasons to receive the highest honour -- ‘Order of Service to Freemasonry’ -- in the past six decades and has also served as Deputy Grand Master, GLI and Regional Grand Master of Regional Grand Lodge of Western India.
“It is a great honour for me and Nagpur,” said Khandelwal while talking to ‘The Hitavada’.
Freemasonry has been in existence in the present form for nearly 280 years in the world and for over 250 years in India.

It is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. It is a world-wide organisation based on the principle of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man. It is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.
Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion.

It is based on three great principles of Brotherly Love,
Relief and Truth. Every Freemason shows tolerance and respect for opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures. Members are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

It requires of its members a belief in God as part of the obligation of every responsible adult, but advocates no sectarian faith or practice. Its members are from different faiths but meet on equal level and never discuss religion and politics.

There are more than 150 Grand Lodges functioning all over the world. Khandelwal will head the GLI which was consecrated as a Sovereign Grand Lodge with full Masonic jurisdiction over the territories of Republic of India in November 1961.

As of now, there are 380 Masonic Lodges and over 200 other Masonic bodies located in different parts of the country under GLI with a total membership of about 22,000 Freemasons.

Among others, Khandelwal was also on the forefront to dispel the myth that Freemasonry is a secret society. Under his leadership, several mega charitable projects were undertaken by the Masonic fraternity in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Khandelwal is also associated with Lions Club and had served as Region Chairman of Lions District 323-H.