Deepak Gaikwad (Dada)
OUR FRIEND, PHILOSOPHER AND GUIDE
Maai has brought up many children in her wings, Deepak is first adopted child of Maai. At the age of 17-18, he meet Maai in one programme. Mai started her tremendous journey at Pune. Deepak’s family is not able to take proper care of him. He was looking for mother’s warm care, love and affection. In 1980-81, when Maai singing Bhajans and kirthans, he meet maai in one programme. From that day, Deepak lives with Maai. Maai nutured him with lots of love and care. From that day onwards, Deepak is only one witness of maai’s incrediable work. Every come and downs, while struggling for Tribals, struggling for cow, hunger strike, Deepak is like shadow with Maai. In 1986, Maai established Vanwasi Gopalkrushna Bahuuddeshiya Mandal organization, Deepak is working as secretary to solve the problems of tribals, who are suffering from forest deparments, mishioneries and wild animals.
In 1991, Deepak come at Pune, his native place Kumbharvalan, Tal.Purandar, Dist .Pune . On this place Maai started her first organization Mamata Bal sadan (orphanage for Boys and Girls) at Pune. The land of the Institute is donated by Mr. Shamrao Gaikwad, whose son Deepak is at present looking after the affairs of the Maai’s organization Vanwasi Gopalkrushna Bahuuddeshiya Mandal. Deepak has been working in this organization devotedly inspite of all the hardships and financial problems and difficulties which such organizations usually have to face in today’s times of turnmoll and self-centeredness.
Talking with Deepak, he often says that I am vey lucky man in this world, I found Maai as my mother, she has brought up many children who are now educated young men shouldering various, domestic and social responsibilities
- A great and commendable work of Maai and Deepak indeed