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Dr. Mukundbhai Harikrishna Joshi (1905-2008)

A noted Gandhian and well known social worker, Dr. Mukundbhai Joshi was born in Bhuj in the district of Kutch in Gujarat on August 3, 1905. His father, a doctor by profession, was posted at Palanpur Hospital in the erstwhile Palanpur State and Mukundbhai had his early education and completed his Matriculation from there. Subsequently he joined B.J. Medical College at Ahmedabad.

 

Dr. Mukundbhai was influenced by Gandhian ideology, and in 1926, shortly after his marriage to Manoramaben, actively joined the Gandhian movement and devoted his services to the nation.

 

In 1936, he began his own medical practice in Palanpur, but four years later moved to Mumbai to study Ophthalmology.  In Mumbai, in addition to starting his own dispensary at Kalbadevi, Mukundbhai also did honorary service in various hospitals.

Shri Mukundbhai Joshi being honoured

by Palanpur Samaj Kendra on

completion of 100 years

In 1938, he became the member of the Seva Sangh (Congress Social Service Wing). As a prominent member of this association, he along with others began offering adult education in backward areas, aided in the digging of wells and opened children’s libraries in Palanpur State. He was at the forefront of organizing an Eye Camp at Palanpur in 1939, along with late Manshuklal Chimanlal Mehta, who provided financial support.

 

In the 70s, Dr. Mukundbhai led the Palanpur Samaj Kendra and served as its president. Under his tenure regular Eye camps were conducted. He was felicitated by the Palanpur Samaj Kendra in appreciation of his social work and on completion of 100 years.

 

Dr. Mukundbhai died on 22nd March, 2008.


 

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