Manoj Godara, Chandigarh, 11th October, 2008 :Like me lot of concerned citizens remembered the pious soul called Dr. C. L. Narang with fond memories .His commitment to social reform and youth development has become inspiration for those who want to contribute to the cause of vulnerable and down trodden section.
A dedicated and relentless social worker, he was felicitated several times by the community and the NGOs. He was also awarded for his meritorious service in the field of community education and youth affairs.Remembering his tireless efforts and zeal Dr. S.M. Kant, Director, Deptt of Youth Welfare, Panjab University remembers, "Dr. Narang was a wonderful person who always wanted to do something for the youth. Infact his contribution not only to social work but also in the field of theatre is worth remembering."
He had served Panjab University in the capacity of director, National Service Scheme, and director, Adult Education, Panjab University. He had been a lecturer at D.A.V. College, Amritsar, and Director, NSS, Patiala. An author of 25 books, he had won numerous awards including the Sharomani Punjab Ratan Award by International Seva Society, the Best Book Award by Language Department, Punjab, the Literary Performance Award by the President of India and Youth Motivation Award by the Government of India.
Several noted social workers of the region fondly remember him and ask younger generation to follow his path with determination and discipline. Mr. Umesh Baurai of FXB, India Suraksha said his thought process reflected how deeply he use to cherish fundamental of community development. For him common man was a priority and systems were nothing but a tool for helping poor and needy people.
Ms. Pooja Thakur, President, CNP+ categorically accepted that Dr. Narang’s working pattern and concern for the women gave her inspiration to carry through arduous task with ease his deeds count for the admiration he gets from counterparty social workers. Chand Singh Madan, State Coordinator RCH, Haryana said that during his university days several inhibitions were shed due to his lectures and friendly advices. Ms. Pinki Hurria, Chairperson, Butterfly Nature Club of India praised his teacher for beating off those logics which support gender discrimination and trammel growth of women in particular.
Zulfiqar Khan, President, Theater Age remember him bringing about social change related to street children and Juvenile deprived personal liberty. Dr. Avnish Jolly remembered him for his contribution related to Drug De-Addiction and HIV/ AIDS awareness at rural India as per him he carried out his selfless services with care and he also cared for the an orphans.
The rich legacy that Dr. Narang left behind is being lived by his daughters. The elder, Shikha is a medical social worker keen on alleviating the problems of the marginalised. His younger daughter Shelley is a lecturer in a university and shares her father’s immense penchant and flair for anything literary. However Dr. Sween, Director, Deptt of Adult Education, Panjab University recalls him not just for his contribution to literature and social work but also for his sheer amiability and austerity. She says" Dr. Narang was a friend of friends. He was least materialistic and used to call his relationships his biggest property."
On 4th August of this year Dr. C. L. Narang departed from all of us leaving behind a legacy of love and humility for the younger generation.