MOURNS LOSS OF FOUNDING FATHER FIGURE
(4 June 2006)
Nalinikant Tribhovandas Pandya MBE, a major force in community relations
in Brent, passed away on 27th May 2006 after suffering a stroke
at the age of 90 years. He was a freedom fighter actively involved
in the satyagraha - a struggle for Independent of India lead by
Mahatma Gandhi. In the UK, he lead a symbolic 'salt-march' signifying
the 'dandi-kutch' in memory of Mahatma Gandhi as an Hon Secretary
of Gandhi Bapu Memorial Trust.
has shared his memories of being with Gandhi Bapu, Jawarharlal and
Sardar with the family members. He never stopped being revolutionary
and a pioneering spirit even after the Indian Independence. He contributed
enormously in Uganda to promote heritage of Indian culture, establishing
a school and temple.
a Vice-Chairman of Brent Community Relations Council, he played
a major role in promoting good race relations and supporting schemes
such as 'help on arrest' and community liaison committees. He passionately
believed in community cohesion where diversity is respected to address
the needs of the community.
also served on many projects and public bodies. It included: Steering
Committee for Wembley Conference Centre, Brent and Harrow Health
Authority, Family Parishioners Committee, Art Council and Youth
and Community Services various initiatives. He was also a candidate
for the Brent Labour Party in the Local Elections for the Gladstone
Ward, later joined the Conservative Party.
also founded the Federation of Guajarati Associations in his bid
to unite the community. He established the UK's first Sardar Patel
Memorial Committee to celebrate one of India's great leader with
whom he had an opportunity to be part of struggle for Independence.
was regarded as a 'Father Figure', a mentor for some and mediator
for those in disputes with in various the Indian Communities in
Brent. The Indian Community in Brent has lost a dedicated community
worker who had given over 50 year's voluntary contribution to the
Borough. A pioneering spirit, he played an active role in the field
of Race Relations and Community Cohesion, and truly followed the
motto- "serving other above ones self" was embedded in
the work of the Brent Indian Association [BIA] that he was associated
since its foundation.
took the lead in ensuring an appropriate response of the organisation
to the crisis and needs of the Asian community as a result of the
decision of the mad leader of Uganda in 1972. He worked very closely
with the Leader of the Council Late Ald Phill Hartley and visited
resettlement camps and played a crucial role for their resettlement
in the United Kingdom. His strategic vision added a new focus, transforming
the BIA from a cultural organisation to a more pro-active, social
welfare, care and education organisation.
succeeded in established Brent's first Gujarati Library, followed
by acquiring the first Urban-Aid grant from the Home Office. This
was used to establish the Brent Indian Community Centre on Ealing
Road in 1976. During Mid-70s, the late Shree Pranlal Sheth CBE,
former Vice-Chairman of Commission for Racial Equality joined him
to start a publication of an ethnic weekly newspaper - Gujarat Samachar.
He also started a School for children of Indian origin.
was knowledgeable in Sanskrit and Bhagwat Geeta. He carried a dream
of building a Hindu Temple in Brent to meet the spiritual needs
of this community since early 70s.
efforts brought about the first largest celebration of the Hindu
Festival of Navratri and opened the way for celebration of Ramayana
Sahpata starting in the famous Roundwood Park in Brent. For the
first time the holy water from river Yamuna was brought to England
to celebrate Yamuna Lotiji Mohotsava.
1978, he planted the seeds to build a Sanatan Hindu Mandir that
will be inclusive of almost all sections of the faith. The team
he led succeeded in raising sufficient resources to purchase a Temple
in Leyton Stone. As an Honorary Secretary General of Shree Vallabh
Nidhi UK, he completed one of its major projects and brought the
other (Sanatan Mandir) to nearer to its completion. He embarked
upon the second project for Wembley.
of factional disputes and politicking, he remained steadfast on
the mission to complete the Temple which will be a unique piece
of heritage for the Hindu community, a pure Sanatan - belonging
to neither any individual nor any Guru or Sadhu, but to the people.
NALINIKANT TRIBHOVANDAS PANDYA
Tribhovandas Pandya MBE was born in Brahmin family on 1st March
1916 in Borsad, Gujarat State, India. After Graduation his career
started as a Bank Manager which took him to Africa.
contributed to establishing Schools and Temple in Uganda before
arriving in the UK in early 60s. After joining a City firm of Accountants,
his entrepreneurial desire lead him to establish a designing firm
and first Gujarati weekly newspaper - Gujarat Samachar in the UK.
was recipient of Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal and the Order of Member
of British Empire (MBE) for his services to the community. He was
also awarded Citizen's Award by the Brent Council and an Award for
his efforts for World Peace by an international NGO.
leaves his wife Savitaben and three children: Daughter-Meena, Sons
Kaushik and Buddhdev and eight grandchildren and five great grand