These photographs were taken during the unveiling of the photograph of Shrimati Vimlabai Jatar (popularly known as Jiji) at the Smt. Vimalabai Jatar Sabhagriha of Seva Sadan Society. She had a title: Lady Vimalabai Jatar because her husband, Bhausaheb, was knighted by the queen of England.
This is the photo of the school – the Seva Sadan High School. Jiji’s photo is here because her husband Lt. Col. Sir Nilkanth Shriram Jatar (Bhausaheb) paid Rs. 5000 in 1947 for the construction of the hall. Sudhir, Maj Gen SCN Jatar, who contributed this post, paid an additional Rs. 80000 in 2005 for renovation of the school. The good news is that this good work is being renewed. Seva Sadan renovated the Hall at their own cost for Rs. 16 lakhs! Now it has a seating capacity of 400-450 on chairs and 500-550 seated on the ground.
Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla, then Chief Minister of Central Provinces had inaugurated the hall in 1947.
Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla had praised Bhausaheb for this role in the WWI and in Afghanistan. He also said that Bhausaheb was a social reformer having married a child widow in 1921 (Jiji). Jiji’s parents played an active part in the freedom struggle of India. During the wedding of my parents, Sudhir and Sarla Jatar, my grandfather (Bhausaheb) did not take dowry. He was very particular about women’s rights and was against the criminal act of dowry.
This is the photograph of Jiji which was unveiled here on the 23rd of March 2013, in Nagpur. The cousins from Jiji’s side of the family – Suresh and Prakash Dixit were present at the unveiling ceremony.
This is a photograph of Jiji with Ramabai Ranade.
The photographs and the information were contributed by Maj Gen SCN Jatar.