I was pleasantly surprised to know from today's Church of The Epiphany Garden fete that the C.F Andrews a visiting presbyter of the Church of The Epiphany, Gurgaon, about whom I have written in the history of the church was none other than Charles Freers Andrews, a presbyter and a lecturer at the St. Stephens College, Delhi. This fact was pointed out by the Chief Guest of the Fete, Mr Jyoti Sagar, an eminent Senior Corporate Lawyer and alumni of the St. Stephens College. The Chief Guest on the occasion went on to inform the gathering that Charles Freer Andrews was none other than the person who had been given the title of Deen Bandhu by Gandhi! Mr Jyoti Sagar also told the gathering that Charles Freer Andrews had once advised Gandhi to return from South Africa to India. In a conversation with the Presbyter In Charge of the Church of The Epiphany, Gurgaon, Revd. Sunil Ghazan told me that a large number of Britishers in India were not in favour of the policies of the British Colonialists in India, and this was one of the factors that forced the Britishers to quit India!
It came as a surprise to know that the C.F. Andrews who figures in Indigo, a lesson taught to students of the C.B.S.E English Core syllabus was a visiting presbyter at the Church of The Epiphany, a church where I have been worshipping since the year 1985 when I came from Ethiopia to pursue further studies in Egnlish Literature. Great to know that the Church that I worship in is part of the history of the Indian National movement!
Thank you, Mr Jyoti Sagar for enlightening us about the history of the Church. Glad to know that Deen Bandhu once served this church in Gurgaon. On a lighter note, I would like to share a few pictures taken on the occasion.
Mr Pramod Sagar was the Convenor of the Garden Fete. His hard work and efforts ensured that the fete was a grand success!
The stalwarts of the white elephant stall stuck to their station until the end of the day! They handled a huge crowd remarkably well!