Volume - 10 : Issue - 1

Published : Jan. - Mar. 2011

Group : Personalities


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Rochiram Thawani


Born on 8th August 1916 at Halani (Sindh)

Educated upto Inter Science at Hyederabad (Sindh)

Teacher in Willis High School at Nawabshah for 2 years

District Scout Master and then Assistant Commissioner (Scouts) for Sindh Province

Left service in 1938 to join freedom movement full time

Was Assistant Provincial Organiser of Congress Seva Dal

Took active part in Quit India Movement of 1942

During the Independence struggle of India, was imprisoned for 3 years in Nawabshah, Sukkur and Hyderabad jails.

(During Quit India Movement of 1942, all the members of Thawani family from three generations were in prison, including 4 gents, 4 ladies and 2 children. Hence the Thawani family was known as Nehru family of Sindh)

In 1947 migrated to Nagpur

Was given Class I official status with facilities for rehabilitation and relief work, by Government of India and then Government of Madhya Pradesh (M.P.)

Did not accept any salary or allowances in both

Was appointed Zonal Organizer for M. P. and Vidhyanchal Pradesh of All India Refugee Relief Committee (of which the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the Chairman)

Played active role during the 1962, 1965, 1971 and Kargil wars by arranging blood donations, collecting material and cash donations for Indian Armed Forces.

Associated with many Educational and Social institutions

Dedicated life to community empowerment, welfare and reforms.