Shree Bavis Gam Patidar Samaj
First established in 1902 with association of only 9 Gams. In 1930 a further 13 Gams affiliated the Samaj, today we have a total of 26 Gams. The three people who were instrumental and worked tirelessly in the formation of the Samaj were Ambalal Patel of Chikhodra, Chaturbhai Patel of Navli and
Lalbhai Patel of Rudel.
Probably the first member of Shree Bavis Gam Patidar Samaj to have settled in the United Kingdom was Jorabhai B Patel of Sarsa, date of birth 1883, and he resided in the North St. Pancras area of London, record found in the 1911 census. May have been running a VICI (canteen for Indian in St.
Jhaverba, wife of Iron Man of Indian, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, hails from village of Gana. Which is an associate Gam of Shree Bavis Gam Patidar Samaj. Her brother was Motibhai Desaibhai Punjabhai Patel, (Jhaverba Desaibhai Punjabhai Patel).
She was married at the age of 12 or 13 and Vallabhbhai was 17 or so years old, they had two children, Dahyabhai and Maniben. Sadly Jhaverba passed away in January 1909 at the age of 29 years old.
Rajni Patel – Sarsa (9th Jan 1915 – 3rd May 1982)
One of the first Indians to study Law at Cambridge University, became a Barrister at Middle Temple in UK. He was the President of the Bombay Pradesh Congress Committee and it was his vision to build the Nehru Centre in Mumbai. An eminent lawyer, he dominated the political, social and cultural life of Mumbai in the 1960’s to 1970’s and was considered one of the closest to former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A man of generosity and wide vision.
His contribution is acknowledged with a life size statue in Mumbai and street named after him, ‘Barrister Rajni Patel Marg’ in Narimar Point Mumbai.
Late Shri Vaghjibhai S Patel OBE of Vadod who was a member of Parliament in Zanzibar/Tanzania and was awarded the Queen’s Award, OBE for public services, probably the first or one of the earliest Patidars to have received this award.
Apart from our UK Founders: Late Purushottam T Patel (Vadod), Late Chandubhai Patel (Ras) and Shri Rameshbhai S Patel (Vadod), there are many others who have contributed to the Samaj and for the benefit of the wider community. Bhailalbhai M Patel of Navli– a quiet and unassuming person, and despite his age worked tirelessly to raise funds for the blind and always spoke at the Samaji’s annual general meeting on the work that was being done and the need for funds. Late Sumanbhai Patel of Ranoli supports the work of our Samaj and his Gam Ranoli’s activities in the UK and other organisations. Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel of Sinjiwada was a councillor and Mayor of Wellingborough, plus many other agencies. Dr. Rameshbhai Patel of Ras for his work with the Lions Club and raising funds from running in marathons. Late Vaghjibhai M Patel of Vadadla for supporting the Samaj in the early days of its formation. Late Gordhanbhai G Patel of Chikhodra for supporting the Samaj and its activities. Shri Natubhai C Patel of Khambholaj a pioneer in Indian performing arts in the UK and East Africa. Arvindbhai C Patel of Gana, first Asian postmaster in the United Kingdom. Shri Bipin M Patel of Ranoli, contribution to Samaj, Hindu Council (Brent) and generally raising awareness of Hinduism.
There are many others who have and continue to contribute and support the Samaj, including and from the new younger generation.
Key Dates to Remeber
09th Feb 1975 – Samaj Established – Wembley
30th May 1975 – First Annual Meeting
August 1975 – First all Patidar union representative Conference – Wembley
1st Jan 1975 – First Samaj Na Vahen printed
24th Sep 1976 – Navratri Festival celebration
30th May 1976 – 2nd Annual meeting, Cultural program
24th Oct 1976 – Diwali gathering.