Mr. R. D. Gadkari
(22-06-1921 - 21-08-2008)
Rambhau Gadkari also known as Gandhi of Karjat passed away on 21st August 2008.
Mr. R. D. Gadkari was the Trustee and Vice President of Indian Development Foundation for nearly two decades.
Mr. R. D. Gadkari, popularly known as Rambhau Gadkari, was an ardent social worker right from his younger days. His social work had a marked difference in the sense that he targeted his energies to alleviate the sufferings of the poor, the marginalised and the afflicted with absolute unselfishness. He had been an inspiration to the young and the old alike.
Rambhau was a man of rare vision, simple living and high thinking. Hailing from Karjat, in Raigad Dist. of Maharashtra, he had his early education in a tribal village from where he moved to Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai and then to Nagpur University to take his LL.B. degree.
During his employment with the Railways in the earlier years, Mr. Gadkari was moved by the plight of the lower level rail workers and took up their cause in right earnest which resulted in a better deal for them. He also took up the cause of rail passengers and helped to get their grievances redressed and had been the President of the Mumbai Suburban Rail Passengers Association.
The other areas of social work which received Mr. Gadkari’s unstinted attention were education, housing and leprosy control. Being convinced that education is a must for the upliftment of children especially in the neglected tribal areas, he helped in establishing several schools under the umbrella organisation Abhinav Jnyan Mandir of Raigad District. To alleviate the sufferings of the middle class, a co-operative Housing Society was formed in Ambernath under his able guidance which incidentally is reported to be the largest co-operative housing society in Maharashtra. With the help and support of Emmaus Swiss of Switzerland, he establisbed a project - Rural Integrated Health Scheme and undertook leprosy control work in the tribal areas of Raigad Dist. which resulted in curing over 6000 leprosy patients followed by their rehabilitation. His ambition was to see a leprosy-free Raigad much in advance of other districts. His close association with Indian Development Foundation (Formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) gave him a wider access to the world of leprosy.
The Board of Trustees, members, friends and well-wishers of Indian Development Foundation condole the passing away of Mr. R. D. Gadkari. May his soul rest in peace.