20 July 2010

Maheshwari Meghwars (Meghwals)


Maheshwari Meghwar community is registered as ‘Meghwal’ caste under the Scheduled Caste category in the District of Gujarat. Its national population is nearly 4 lakhs. Of which, sizeable population is inhabited in the District of Kachchh (Gujarat) and large numbers of people are found in Saurashtra, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad Districts of Gujarat. Besides, some few thousand people are residing in Mumbai, Thane Districts of Maharashtra. Equally, some 1 to 2 lakh people are residing in Sindh region of Pakistan, as they had migrated to Sindh in search of good job opportunities, prior to partition of India. Geographically Sindh and Kachcch are separated only by the Great Rann of Kachchh (Desert). This community is professing ‘Barmati Panth’, a messianic Sect, having its own religious code of conduct and governance, founded by revered Matang Dev (Guru of Megh Rishi, as claimed in Megh Chalisa).
In order to unite Maheshwari Meghwar community, a Non-Political and Secular Social Organization has been formed under the short name “Maheshwari Youth Federation”. They have a vision of development with agenda for overall growth of the community.
The proposed office bearers of the Federation for the initial year are as under:-
1. President:Dr. L.V. Fofal, Principal, Mundra B.Ed. College.
2. Vice President:Dr. Naresh Keniya, Medical Practitioner
3. Secretary:Mr. Navin K. Bhoiya, Govt. Service
4. Vice Secretary:Mr. Valji Fofal, Principal, Government School
5. Treasurer:Mr. Vallabh Katuva, Retd. Class-II Officer
6. Executive Member:Mr. Mangal Khankhla, Govt. Service
7. Executive Member:Mr. Ashish Bherya, Business
8. Executive Member:05 posts unfilled.
Federation envisages formation of various Committees and Sub-Committees along with Executive Bodies at various Chapters/Units of Maheshwari Meghwar community.
Their recent activities include five meetings at various places on 21-02-2010, 14-03-2010, 25-04-2010, 09-05-2010 and 20-06-2010.
The work of registration of the body is under process. Membership campaign will be undertaken in phased manner.
Their mission is to create universal unity of entire Maheshwari Meghwar community and to highlight Barmati Panth religion, founded by Matang Dev.

Navin K. Bhoia, Secretary