Pune: A Sangh swayamsevak of first generation, Vinayakrao Gokhale, passed away recently at Junnar in Pune. He was 94. Born at Kolhapur in 1924 he became a Sangh swayamsevak at the early age of seven. He was a Pracharak in 1942 at Guhagar in Ratnagiri district. Thereafter, he joined Railway Mail Service, but was suspended from the government job because he actively participated in Satyagraha in 1948. Later, he settled at Rasta Peth in Pune and started the business of Jalau Lakadachi Wakhar. He was Karyawah of Pratapaditya Shakha where RSS founder Dr Hedgewarji used to visit frequently.
From left Smt Alaka Pethkar along with Pune Vibhag Sanghchalak Shri Sambha Appa Gaware and others receiving the DD of Rs six lakh from Smt Sunita Bhide
Vinayakrao Gokhale was fortunate to have personal touch of Doctor ji. He prepared his will and offered full amount of FD to the RSS Jankalyan Samiti, Maharashtra, after his demise. Accordingly, his only daughter, Smt. Sunita Bhide, handed over the amount of Rs six lakh to vice president of Janaklyan Samiti Smt Alakatai Pethkar at a function in Junnar on February 5.
Speaking on the occasion, Dharma Jagaran Pramukh of Paschim Maharastra Shri Hemant Harahare said the late Vinayakrao Gokhale was an ideal swayamsevak and did the Sangh work with perfection and did whatever work was given, staying away from name, fame and fortunes. His responsibilities kept changing, but Vinayakrao never deviated from the Sangh work. His simplicity and easy access was hugely appreciated by one and all.