Scholar Dr Rambhau Pujari no more

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Aug 2017 09:53:08

Staff Reporter,

A scholar par excellence, an academician and social worker Dr Ramkrishna Madhav alias Rambhau Pujari passed away on Friday following a brief illness. He was 78.
Rambhau leaves behind wife Vijayatai, sons Manish and Mangesh, and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral procession will start from his Ujjwal Nagar residence opposite Hotel Airport Center Point on Wardha Road on Saturday morning at 8.30 am. The last rites will be performed at Sahakar Nagar ghat.

Dr Pujari was senior member of Sanskrit Bharati, Director of Radhakrishna Hospital, and President of Hriday Mitra Mandal. A senior activist in the field of ancient and modern sciences and an academician, Rambhau was regional head of Sanskrit Bharati, a wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that promotes the ancient language, and was associated with it till he breathed his last.

Born in Kamptee, Rambhau was a civil engineer by profession as well as an ayurvedic doctor. Rambhau spent his childhood from the age of six years in a gurukul. He completed his doctoral degree in Ayurveda with gold medal from Benaras Hindu University at the age of 16 years, a rare achievement then. He was an authority in Vedvidya (Vedic Science), yoga and astrology other than Ayurveda. Following his education in Ayurveda, Rambhau completed
civil engineering course from Government Polytechnic at Nagpur and later joined the State Government’s Irrigation Department as Junior Engineer.

After successfully completing AMIE from Kolkata, Rambhau was elevated to senior position in Irrigation Department. He was at the forefront in survey for key irrigation projects in Akola and Buldhana. He was instrumental in designing hydroelectric projects at Chikhaldara, Sahasrakund, and Narnala besides his exemplary contribution to soil testing laboratory. His invention of ‘Jalakarshan Irrigation System’ has many advantages over the drip and other conventional irrigation systems.

During his academic stay in Kolkata, Rambhau came in contact with Ramkrishna Mission and became popular among the monks. However, very soon, senior RSS functionary Shankar Shastri of Vivekanand Memorial introduced him to RSS and its various wings such as Sanskrit Bharati in 1960. Since then he was working closely with Sanskrit Bharati, Shilp (sculptor) Sanshodhan Pratishthan, Prachyavidya (ancient science) Foundation, and many other outfits.

Dr Rambhau Pujari collected and preserved over 2,500 ancient books and over 5,000 handwritten letters that were crucial in establishing the glory of ancient Indian sciences and technology. He edited and composed a book ‘Pride of India’ that included articles from 14 various branches of ancient and modern sciences. He was also instrumental in holding Swadeshi Vigyan Sammelan in memory of Pandit Satwalekar under the guideance of then senior RSS leader Moropant Pingale.

The personal library set up by Rambhau in Ramkrishna Nagar recently speaks of the versatility of knowledge he assumed. He also worked closely in Gau Anusandhan (research on cow products) and Archaeology. He was a guide among doctors’ fraternity of Nagpur. He had survived four heart attacks at the age of 35-40 but those did not deter him from working for the society.