Sri Nagappa Bellad, father of our Chair of Trustees, Dr Mangala Mundasad and her brother and sisters, and grandfather to our Trustee, Dr Smitha Mundasad, died on 9th January 2015. He was the founder of so much good work in the Ranebennur District and played such an active and full role in ensuring the work of our Ranebennur Trust was undertaken with diligence, love and care.
Sri Nagappa Bellad, known affectionately as ‘Dad’ to many of us here in the UK and India, was in his nineties and fully active in his home and regional community to the end. One of his last projects for our Trust was to monitor and keep on track the building of the Gareth Heard Memorial Community Centre in Honnatti. He visited the site with great regularity and kept everyone ‘on their toes’.
Sri Nagappa Bellad was respected and renowned on a local, regional and national level in India. Many thousands attended his funeral with representatives of government present. Having studied at Dharwad University he later became President of Ranebennur Tuluka Board where he served the people of the Taluk and all the surrounding villages. He also became a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Bangalore for five years.
Like Mahatma Ghandi he recognised the needs of his fellow citizens in less fortunate circumstances and, having four daughters, also gave every encouragement to women to gain a full education.
Thank you, ‘Sri Nagappa’, for all you have done to support your fellow citizens, especially the young of the next generation who will take India forward. ‘Dad’ will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all our supporters both here in the UK as well as in India.