My memory of Malaviyaji is a vision of a radiant personality in a delicate frame, clad in pure, swadeshi white from head to foot, with a radiant, smiling face, full of energy and vigour and the milk of human kindness, shedding light, sweetness and happiness and having keen anxiety to remove poverty and liberate the people. Malaviyaji appeared to me as the embodiment of true Indian culture and he tried to combine observance of ancient Hindu customs, traditions and forms with modern, liberal and progressive outlook.
The greatest dream of Pandit Malviyaji's life was an institution where Hindu culture could be taught side by side with the sciences as perfected in the Occident -- is already a reality that lives and pulsates. Only a man with his energy, persistence and influence could have set up the Hindu University at Benares. The journeys that he made in quest of support for that institution if put end to end would doubtless run into thousands of miles. The speeches that he made from the public platform, in private sitting rooms would, if put together, make many volumes. The warmth of his eloquence melted in time the Hindu inertia and he secured the funds needed to make a start. Few Indians are capable of as much sustained effort as this leader….
Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya whose name is household word in our country and will remain immortalized in the history of our freedom struggle not only as a great fighter and orator but also as the embodiment of Indian culture.
Through selfless devotion and service, Malaviyaji set high standards in the pursuit of learning. The organization of the Hindu University gives an idea of his grand vision of higher, general, professional and technical education in the country. He always thought in a big way and any scheme of a small dimension did not appeal to him. His whole life was noble example of selfless service and a single-minded devotion to the cause of Indian Freedom and nation-building and his sacrifices were unique, particularly in those early days of our national awakening.
Great men are like milestones in the life of a nation and the best way in which we can pay our homage to them is by trying to follow the high ideals that they have placed before us -- of selfless service in the cause of the nation irrespective of caste, creed and religion.