Sindhutai Sapkal, a renowned social worker and Padma Shri awardee who died on Tuesday at the age of 73 and was known for her tireless work with orphaned children, was laid to rest with full state honours at Pune’s Thosar Paga cremation on Wednesday.
In the presence of dignitaries, senior officials from the Pune district administration, and tens of thousands of civilians from all walks of life, she was buried according to Mahanubhava Panth sect tradition.
Following Sapkal’s death, tributes poured in from all sides of the political spectrum, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Major Figures pay tribute to Sapkal
“Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal will be remembered for her outstanding service to society,” Mr. Modi remarked. Many youngsters may have a better quality of life as a result of her efforts. She also conducted a lot of work with underserved groups. Her death hurts me. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and admirers.”
“Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal’s life was an incredible narrative of courage, devotion, and service,” President Ram Nath Kovind wrote in a tweet. Orphans, tribals, and marginalised persons were among the individuals she loved and served. In 2021, she was awarded the Padma Shri for her “amazing grit” in writing her own story. Mr. Pawar stated that her work as an orphaned child’s mother would serve as an example for future generations.
Mr. Thackeray said it was appropriate to call Sindhutai the “Mother Teresa of Maharashtra” because of a chat he had with her a year and a half ago during the outbreak. Sindhutai’s death has shocked the world… Mr. Thackeray described her as “a mother goddess who cared for thousands of orphans and poured a mother’s love on them.” The Chief Minister paid respect to her memory by praising her dedication to girls’ education and self-sufficiency.
“Sindhutai Sapkal is the personification of simple living and elevated thinking… She was constantly concerned about orphans and the poor. “She lent succour to so many,” Mr. Thackeray continued, putting aside his own personal anguish.