FIFA Parsis : The Vadodara's Five

There are many parsis who have impressed many in Vadodara amongst all of them we have selected Five of them.

 
The Three R's
  • Rustom Patel
  • Rustam Contractor
  • Dr. Rustom Cama
 
And Two G's
  • Gul Vakharia
  • Gulbanu Wadia
 
They were simply amazing people.
 
RUSTOM K PATEL
 
Born :
1912
Expired :
1982
 
Shri Rustom K Patel, after taking his primary education, joined the Police Training School at Nasik and after completion of the two years course, was appointed as Sub-In-

spector of Police in Ahmedabad City in 1934. He successfully tackled the industrial labour problems and was appointed Inspector of Crime Branch in 1940.

During the influx of refugees from Pakistan, he was specially posted at Bombay Central in 1947 as Chief Detective Staff Officer incharge of entire Western Railway upto Ratlam. He was given the additional charge of (1) safety of refugees enroute and (2) Food grains. moment and control of theft. For this excellent dare-devilness, he was awarded the Distinguished Indian Police Medal in 1948.

In 1952 he was selected for posting at Baroda, (which was merged in Bombay State) where he remained till 1960 as Home Inspector and Deputy Superintendent of Police. He became immensely popular for handling the “Maha Gujarat Movement” student agitation and tackling the Madhya Pradesh criminals attacking Chhotaudepur area tribals, From 1960 to 1963, he was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police at Ahmedabad with the additional charges of Anti-Corruption and Crime branch.

Due to popular request, he was then posted in April 1964 as District Suptd, of Police, (D.S.P.) of Baroda City and District..

During the communal riots of 1969, he quickly controlled the riots at Baroda and was called for controlling riots at Ahmedabad also. His services were highly appreciated by the Home Secretary in a letter sent to Govt. of Gujarat.

He retired from Police Service in 1972 and was appointed the Chief Security Officer for GSFC and also given additional charge of GNFC at Bharuch. He died on 26th November 1982 on duty at GNFC Bharuch, collapsing while addressing a Natioanl Industrial Security Seminar.

The Municipal Corporation of Baroda honoured him posthumously in 1987 by naming the Road from R C Dutt Road to Arunodaya Circle in Alkapuri area as Rustom Patel Marg.

 
Dr. RUSTOM CAMA

Dr. Rustom Cama was a very noble Doctor who served the poor with his heart. He was never after money in fact even after several years of his death the poor still remember him as Massiah.

Dr. Cama used to charge just Rs.10/- as his consultancy and from the poor he would not charge in fact he would contribute towards his medicine and food.

 Today a road in Alkapuri is named after him.

 
RUSI CONTRACTOR

Rustom Contractor (Rusi) as he was known as a Lawyer for the poor. He fought politically for their rights and also fought the government on price rise and housing for slum developers. A member of Praja Socialist Party he was latter associated strongly with Janata Party as its General Secretary, Gujarat Unit and member of its National Council. A strong prominent of secularism and nationalism remembered today also in all political cards.

Today also the press remembers him as the man who would bring his press notes by himself & never insist on publishing them. Among the three historic cases which he

fought were the STAY order restricting Baroda Dairy to increase the price of milk. Obtaining a STAY order for not allowing the visit of Kashmir of Municipal Councilors & STAY on the transfer of Shri Jaspal Singh the then police commissioner of Vadodara.
 
GUL VAKHARIA

Gul Vakharia who gave her entire life to the students of Rosary School. A selfless service. With her qualification she could have easily became a professor in University but she preferred to be a Teacher. Thousands of students would remember even today as Vakharia Teacher. She gave her 100% to the school students teaching them English. Today the school is building an auditorium in her name.

 

GULBANU WADIA

The lady who played a long innings of 103 years Gulbanu Wadia, associated with several Ladies Association. Associated as President of Parsi Panchayat for several years. She was full of life and zest she had a very strong feeling about Women Liberalism. A very helath conscious person she was the darling of many health lovers specially those coming from the Press here.

She was felicitated by the Parsi Panchayat here for her Life Time Contribution to the development of the community..