Shri Niranjan Gehani was the President of Shree Bhagnari Panchayat from 2004 to 2007. After leaving this post, he continued to be a pillar of strength for Panchayat. At any time whenever we wanted his help or clarification on any matter, we would visit him, to seek his guidance. His doors were always open for us. He had exceptional memory and therefore he could accurately recall many old Panchayat related matters.
The community has lost an elder statesman, who will be dearly missed by all of us. Panchayat will also miss his strong support at all levels.
The matter of student education was very dear to Shri Niranjan Gehani. He used to generously donate towards this cause by always responding to our appeals and sometimes even without any appeal for help.
His enthusiasm for education can be gauged from the fact that he passed his BA graduation exam in 2014 at the ripe age of 72.
Bhagnari Welfare Society will miss one of its biggest supporters and this void will not be easy to fill.
Shri Niranjan Gehani as the President of Shree Bhagnari Panchayat was also the trustee of Bhagnari Panchayat Trust, popularly known as Deolali Trust.
During the court cases pertaining to Deolali property, he solidly stood behind the trust.
Even after resigning from the post of President of Shree Bhagnari Panchayat in 2007, he continued to remain the trustee of Bhagnari Panchayat Trust. It was only after Deolali property case was resolved in 2019, that he expressed his desire to hand over the reins of the trust to the younger lot of the community.
He, however, continued to guide us. In fact we had to rely on his sharp memory for recalling several old issues of the trust.
We can write pages after pages of homage for Shri Niranjan Gehani, but paucity of time does not permit us to do so.