Former sheriff of Mumbai Nana Chudasama died on Sunday morning. He was 86. The eminent jurist was the father of Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Shaina NC and artist Brinda Chudasama Miller.
“With profound grief, we inform you that our beloved father Nana Chudasama breathed his last today,” Shaina NC said in a statement. She added that he will be cremated in Mumbai on Sunday evening.
A jurist, Chudasama was the founder of non-governmental organisations Giants International, I Love Mumbai, National Kidney Foundation, and Forum Against Drugs and AIDS. Chudasama was also known for putting up banners in Mumbai’s Marine Drive area for decades carrying expressive messages about national and international stories of importance. The messages on the banners were compiled into a book published by Rupa Publications in 2010, titled History On A Banner.
The former sheriff won the Padma Shri award in 2005 for his social work, The Indian Express reported.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed his condolences. “Pained to know about [the] sudden demise of eminent jurist, former sheriff of Mumbai Nana Chudasama ji,” Fadnavis said on Twitter. “My deepest condolences to his family and friends. His works and contribution for clean and green Mumbai, in various rehabilitation initiatives and health sector will be remembered forever!”
Governor C Vidyasagar Rao lauded Chudasama for his socio-cultural activities and said the jurist was a “conscience keeper” of Mumbai. “The contribution of Nana Chudasama to Mumbai’s socio-economic and cultural life was of a high order,” PTI quoted Rao as saying. “He was among the foremost champions of a clean and green Mumbai...Through his initiative I Love Mumbai, he organised plant shows and promoted tree plantation. Through his popular banners on the Marine Drive, he commented upon the paradoxes of public life and polity in a humourous way.”