God, work and share. Three principal values for Greesh Chander Matta

Greesh Chander Matta is a Hindu business man born in Goraya, Punjab (a region situated in the north of India). He finished his studies at the age of 18 and he decided to leave his country and its poverty and started to travel around the world. For years and years, he lived in multiple conflictive and dangerous Asian countries; countries such as Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan and Jordanian. He arrived in Cologne, Germany in the year 1980 and married his first wife. He studied Economics in the University of Cologne and worked in the enterprise IGEFA as Trade Officer for decades.

Due to his origin, Mr. Matta has support and funds multiple non-benefit projects in India, especially in the region of Punjab, together with his brothers and sisters.  Every year he travels to the North of India during the monsoon period and helps the local habitants without any profit. Religious, charismatic, hard-working and supportive will be the best adjectives that represent him.

As he says, his travels around the world have changed its view of life. He was taken prisoner in the Lebanon Civil War in 1975 for one year, period in which he did forced work for the Israeli Government.

I will remark one detailed part of the interview, in which he explains his fear and anguish during his caution:  ‘’I will never forget sleeping watching the stars, then in the building there was no roof because of the bombing. Every morning I saw multiple corpses on the streets and I heard persons crying for their death familiars or friends. It was just terrifying. I think I could die more than ten times, then I could hear and sense the shoots in the street’’.  His family achieved to contact with the Hindu Embassy and they managed to free its son after a year of captivity.  After this period he decided to collaborate as volunteer to help poor and defenceless people, especially in armed conflicts.

Religion has been a key point of his life. During the first Indian-Pakistani War in 1947 its parent’s family was forced by the Muslims to abandon its house in Lahore (actual Pakistan) because of their religion. They lost all what they had and immigrate to Punjab to start a new and peaceful life, although the religion riots are still present in the north of India. His mother’s family lives in the province of Jammu, in the conflictive region of Kashmir. On the other hand, he considers himself as a devout from the Hindu religion. Although religion has been always a conflictive issue, he believes that everything happens in this life for one reason and we must adapt to it: religion.  He goes every year to pilgrimage to the Himalayas Mountains for praying for worshi

His opinion about this conflict is very clear: the inefficient British government is guilty for this conflict, then they colonised this countries and after the Second World War left them without any kind of stable government and frontiers. Thousands of people has suffered and are still suffering the violence of this never-ending conflict, while any external organisation or government ends this conflict.

After discussing about violence caused by religion the interview was focus on the economical power of India. As economist he thinks that its dynamic homeland as an incredible power on the global market that stills increase year after year. The most striking economic power about India resides in the tertiary sector, specially the areas of technology.  After its university studies he encourage enterprises around the world to invest in the Indian market, although he is conscientious of the corruption, and security problems that exists in its country.

But he remarks that not every country has the advantages that have India:  political stability, a huge amount of resources, the high quality of the workers because of its multidisciplinary education and, at least but not less important, its increasing population. During the interview we talk about the new economic Asian panorama. A panorama in which Japan is losing its balance power, China is battling for its supremacy in the South China Sea and the ‘Tiger Nations’ are increasing its economy. He also remarks the improvement in the relationships between EE.UU and India, because of the necessity of the EE.UU of a new alliance that balance the power of the Asian countries.

All in all, to conclude the interview we talk about his participation in NGO’s, such as Anesvad or Save the Children. For him, education is the only way to eradicate poverty and gender inequality.  ‘’India is a country were the woman are not taking in account and they are treats unfortunately in the majority of the cases as animals, specially the Dalit women. Through education we can change this national injustice that doesn’t leave India to maximize its economy. What sense makes that a woman has fewer rights than a man? Just because you are a woman you have to suffer the violence of other men? The answer is easy for an educated person, but if you are born and educated with this mentality you will answer yes to that question ’’. He worked in different religious local NGO’s in Punjab to offer free education for kids.  He ends its interview saying that it is in our hands the change, and we must decide if we want to help or not.

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Greesh Chander Matta during a religious ceremony in Punjab. Property from Mr.Matta

By Santiago Sánchez Schwab


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