JETHANAND GANDHI (MULJIBHA)
was born at Thatha in Lurdha family who were early supporters
of Shewa Fund, on Radha-ashtmi day in year 1928. He did his
matriculation at Karachi in 1946 and joined M/s. Rally Brothers
(Now Hindustan Liver). In 1947 the family moved to Bombay and
he joined M/s. Burmah Shell (Now Bharat Petroleum) in 1948.
He left the job in 1954 to join his ancestral business in Dubai
which was then an insignificant desert port without adequate
facilities. He took this step to give retirement to his aging
father. In company of his elder brother, Tarachand, he helped
the business to grow from strength to strength and the firm
became one of the leading concerns in Dubai. He maintained close
ancestral relationship with ruling family and other prominent
in Dubai he took keen interest in social and cultural affairs.
He was an active member of Managing committee of Indian Association,
Indian School and India Club. Looking to the rising Hindu population
in the sixties, he felt the need for a crematorium in Dubai.
In company of Maghabha and his brother Tarachand he approached
the ruler, Sheikh Rashid and obtained, free of cost, a large
plot for the purpose. He then collected funds to build the structure
for the crematorium which is of great help now. On account of
acute spinal trouble he was forced to retire from active business
under medical advice and came to Bombay.
1977, he was cajoled by Gaghabha and his brother Gopal to join
the managing committee of Shewa Fund. He found that there were
enough constructive charitable objects on agenda and someone
was desperately needed to put them into practice. He offered
his unqualified honorary services and we appointed Hon. Administrator.
He formulated an innovative strategy and worked with vehemence
and considered the job as his mission. “WE WANT EVOLUTION
AND NOT REVOLUTION” were the wise words of Rambha and
Gopal, which inspired him a lot. He proceeded with the task
of implementing the plans. First, he started a membership drive
to involve the community and raise its consciousness of Shewa
Fund. He helped to restart the Dassera-Diwali function and formed
a youth centre. He helped to start Muljimal Thawerdas library,
sanatorium rooms, Mahila Vikas Mandal and medical camps. He
also helped in vasti patrak work. He was also instrumental in
the donation of ambulance van from Pancholia family. He was
a member of Thathai Bhatia Panchayat’s Mg. Committee for
a few years. He was instrumental to publish community’s
2nd telephone directory under Kewal Baugh banner.
dreamt of an old age home with home like facilities, a school
and above all community’s own native place where we can
maintain and develop our own unique and rich culture and identity.
by Shri MULJI GANDHI
Courtesy Sampark – November 1994 to March 1995 Issue