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Issue No:81
  • :0973–1121
  • :June
  • :2019

Samudra Report No.81, June 2019

Obituary / Fisher Leader

Remembering Rambhau

An energetic and committed worker for the cause of fishers, he was a lighthouse for the fishworkers’ movement

This article is by Purnima Meher (, Member, Maharashtra Machhimar Kruti Samiti (MMKS), Maharashtra, National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF), India and translated from Marathi by Ashwini Jog (, Mumbai, India

Rambhau Patil, an enterprising member of the fishing community of Maharashtra in India, was 79 years old when he left us on July 29, 2018, for his final journey. Born Ramchandra Patil, he received the affectionate moniker of Bhau, or Rambhau, due to his benevolence and his always-on smile. Almost always dressed in a khadijhabba, a traditional pyjama-like loose-fitting shirt and trousers, he was never seen without his bag full of books and documents hanging down his shoulder. Rambhau was born in the village of Mahim in Wadrai, Maharashtra. Although fishing was his family’s ancestral trade, he was brought up and raised in an educated environment. Rambhau completed his primary and secondary education at the block headquarters in Palghar.

The village had produced several freedom fighters; its inhabitants came from various tribal groups, a fishermen’s community and...

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