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My Father
Late. Shri Madhukar R. Bhangale

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May Your Soul find Peace and Happiness in the Heaven..!!

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My Father, we call him 'Baba', passed away on 18 June 2005, Saturday at our Residence in Bhusawal, leaving behind us three sisters and three brothers and our Mother. His sudden death shook all of us very badly. The mail pillar of our family had collapsed, making us traumatic. I was in Singapore with my wife and my son. Unfortunately I could not reach to Bhusawal in specified time and thus could not even see him death. I could not have his 'Anteem Darshan' to pay my 'Anteem Namaskar' to him. For this, I feel extremely bad, and regret my being so far away from home.

My Father was a man of Principles and was highly disciplined person. He was eldest among the four brothers. He lost his Father when he was just 8 years of his age. His childhood was full of struggle and sorrow. While attending school, he used to sell candles, matchboxes and vegetables in market, to support himself and family. He, and his Mother, my Grandmother, worked very hard to come up in their lives. They literally had started with ZERO and managed to survive and prosper with hard work.

He gave up his job at Bhusawal Post Office, for his quest to enter in politics. He was impressed with the Objective and Principles of "Jana Sangh" and he sincerely followed "Jana Sangh" and later the "Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)". He personally had met Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee at occasions. My Father was popularly known as "Balasaheb" in the political group. He used to volunteer his services to the party's welfare, without any expectations in return.

Earlier, elections were contested based on personality and popularity, and not on power and wealth. Politician, rather possessed a desire to serve the community in real sense. Few times, he was elected as a member and once as the Vice-President of Bhusawal Municipal Council. He did not misuse his powers anytime. He earned only the Good Name, and nothing else while bearing these positions. We all are proud that we are his Children.

Though He was a strong follower of BJP, my Father did not have personal enmity with other party members. And I think his clean image and out-spoken personality was responsible to it. He used to help anybody at any point of time.

My Father loved traveling a lot. He had traveled almost entire India, by Car, by Train and by Bike. Few times, he rode bikes from New Delhi to Bhusawal (roughly 2500Km distance), when he helped people to get their bikes. My Father was the person who brought the first few bikes for people in Bhusawal and trained the owners to ride them. He had visited Nepal along with my Mother, my brother, Anil and nephew Govind. In Nov-Dec 2004, He visited us in Singapore with my Mother.

While, enjoying his political involvement, my Father did various small businesses such as Photo studio, Bicycle shop, Restaurant, Bakery, and so on. He also had a Jeep-type-vehicle (named as Traker) which he was using to carry passengers to places.

Whatsoever the situation, our Father has given us good education, discipline and name, for which we are proud of. Only because of him, we exist and prospered. I am especially, most grateful to him, as he has provided me the opportunities to study and to reach to the position where I am right now. I dedicate all my education, my achievements, my success, my progress to my beloved Father. Baba you are the best!!
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My Mother and Father


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Myself, brothers-Anil and Subhash, Sister-in-law
My Father, My Mother and Nephew Jayesh


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My Father and Mother, with brother Subhash


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Elected as a Vice_President of Bhusawal Municipal Council (~1960s)


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Attending a Function in Municipalty Office


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Honouring the Guest at stage


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With Mr. Atal Bihari Vajapayee


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At Kathmandu, Nepal
standing, from Right: My Father and my Nephew, Govind
Sitting, at right: my Mother, with brother Anil


 

 

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