बाबांचा आयुष्य रेल्वे  कामगारांच्या न्याय  हक्कासाठी  खर्ची  गेला. हातात  शिवसेनेचा  गंडा  नव्हता  पण निष्टेची  मशाल कायम  उजळत  होती कारण गंडा घातला तरच निष्ठा असते असा नाही ना ! मराठी साठी  आणि  भगव्यासाठी  आयुष्य  दिला  आणि  शेवटचा  भगवा  सलाम  10-10-2016 ला  घेतला. पश्चिम रेल्वे मध्ये स्थानीय लोकाधिकार स्थापन करण्यापासून त्या संस्थेला उच्च स्थरावर नेण्या पर्यंत खूप कष्ट केले. शैक्षणिक  क्षेत्र  असो, क्रीडा  क्षेत्र , राजकारण  किंवा  समाजकारण , प्रत्येक  गोष्टीचा  जागतिक  ज्ञान  होता  त्यांना . त्यांना  जिवेमारण्यासाठी  अनेक  सुपार्या घेतल्या  गेल्या , गवळी  गॅंग  आणि  इतर  ही काही  मंडळी , धमकीची  पत्रे  अजून  ही जपून  ठेवलीय  पण त्यांनी  या  सगळ्यांना  कधीच  दाद  दिली  नाही  किंवा  घाबरले  नाही . कामकारगिरांसाठी लढत असताना अनेक केसेस  झाले त्यांच्यावर पण ते निर्दोष ठरले  कारण  त्यांचा लढा अन्याया विरुद्ध होता. त्यांच्या आकस्मिक  निघून  जाण्याने आमचा  परिवाराचं  नव्हे  तर  अनेको  कामगारांनी  त्यांचा  हक्काचा  माणूस  गमावला  आहे . एक  पिता  म्हणून , पती  म्हणून, नेता  म्हणून  आणि  समाजकारणी  म्हणून  त्यांनी  स्वतःला सिद्ध  केले . आणि  माणूस  म्हणून   त्यांनी  माणसं कमावली . ते  म्हणायचे , “पैसा   कधी  हे  कमावता  येतो , माणसं  कमावणं  कठीण ,” आणि  त्यांचे  अंतिम  दर्शन  घेण्यासाठी  दहिसर  चे  रस्ते  कानाकोपऱ्यात  भरले  होते , हीच  त्यांची  श्रीमंती . “मानाने  श्रीमंत  व्हा ,” बाबा  म्हणायचे .  खूप  काही  शिकवून  गेले , जगात  राहायचा  कसा  सांगून  गेले  पण  त्यांच्याशिवाय  कसा  जगू  कधीच  बोले  नाहीत  आणि  आम्ही  ही तो  विचार  केला  नाही .  खंत  आहे , माझा  बाबा  गमावला माझ्या वाढदिवशी        असे  घडावे !  पण  त्यांना  दोन  आनंदाचे  क्षण  त्यांच्या  नाती  सोबत  काढता  आले  याचा   सुख  आहे .  त्यांची  भलीमोठी कारकीर्द  शब्दात  मांडता  येणार  नाही  तरी  पण  हे  मिळालेली  काही  छायाचित्रे ….
Baba spent his life fighting for the rights of the Railway workers. He might not have had the saffron thread tied around his wrist but his solidarity and honesty towards Shivsena was imbibed and etched in his blood, in his breath because these are those values  which cannot be imposed by tying a thread around your wrist. He gave his life for his mother tongue, Marathi and for the love of Saffron and took leave from the mortal world on 10/10/2016. Right from introducing Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti (a wing of Shivsena established for the rights of the labors) to taking it to new heights (amidst the Communist chaos and death threats) he took much pain and struggle. Be it educational field, sports field, politics or social field, he had worldly knowledge in all matters. Dons like Gawli gang and many other don-turned-politicians tried to scare him with death threats, letters pertaining to the same are still in our possession, but he neither feared them nor did he agree to their demands. While fighting for the rights of the workers, he got entangled in the web of law but was given a clean chit every time because he was fighting against the unlawfuls and miscreants. His sudden demise has not only made us orphan but many workers have lost their beloved leader, a father figure, who would honestly work for them. Baba proved himself as a worthy and able father, husband, social worker, leader and most of all as a worthy human. As a human he earned not money but solely the affection of people around him. He would say so, without any guilt or regrets, “you can earn money any day, earning human wealth is difficult.” And when nooks and corners of my vicinity were crammed with public solely to pay homage to my braveheart father proves that this is what being truly rich is! “Have a rich heart,” he would say. He taught us so much, how to live in this world, how to behave and speak but he never told us how to live without him and neither did we ever think about it. It unnerves me to think I lost my father on my birthday. But it thinking that he spent a merely two and half days with his just born granddaughter puts a smile on our face. His work and his thoughts cannot be summed in just one blog or in few words but here are a few pictures that highlights his worklife….

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