Thakkar Bapa

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Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar
Born (1869-11-29)November 29, 1869
Bhavnagar, Gujarat
Died 20 January 1951(1951-01-20) (aged 81)
Nationality Indian

Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar, popularly known as Thakkar Bapa (29 November 1869 – 20 January 1951) was born at Bhavnagar, Gujarat. He was an Indian social worker who worked for upliftment of tribal people in Gujarat state in India. He became a member of the Servants of India Society founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale in 1914.[1] In 1922, he founded the Bhil Seva Mandal. Later, he became the general secretary of the Harijan Sevak Sangh founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1932 .[2] The Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh was founded on 24 October 1948 on his initiative.[3]


The Government of India issued a stamp in his honour in 1969.[4] A well known locality, Bappa Colony in Mumbai is named after him. The Madhya Pradesh state government has instituted an award named in his honor for dedicated services to poor, victimised and totally backward tribal community.


  1. ^ "Thakkar Bapa — Friend of poor". Chandigarh: The Tribune. June 3, 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Ratna G. Revankar (1 January 1971). The Indian Constitution--: A Case Study of Backward Classes. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-0-8386-7670-7. 
  3. ^ "Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh (BAJSS) - Introduction". Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh website. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
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  • Hari, Viyogi. Thakkar Bapa (in Gujarati), New Delhi: Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.