In Memoriam

  Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee  

NIF - India mourns the demise of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. He was known for his cultural moderation, liberalism and political reasonableness. NIF pray for his departed soul. May his soul rest in peace and God give the bereaved family, the strength to bear this loss.

  Shri Anil Rashmikant Kamdar  

Shri Anil Rashmikant Kamdar, Gujarat innovator of Buttonhole Stitching Machine passed away on 10th April, 2018. He was conferred with a consolation award during the Third National Award function for Grassroots Innovations and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge (2005). NIF-India & Honey Bee Network wishes peace for his departed soul and strength for his bereaved family.

  Late. Shri Dadaji Ramji Khobragade  

We are extremely sad to share the demise of our innovator Shri Dadaji Ramji Khobragade, a progressive farmer and a serial innovator who had developed a series of Paddy varieties. It was an honor to have such a great innovator amongst us. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. May god give you strength to bear this irrevocable loss and may his soul rest in peace.

Despite the loss of the physical presence of Shri Dadaji, his innovative spirit and diligence will always guide us in carrying the mission of Grassroots innovations forward.

  Mr. Gunaram Khanikar  
State Award winner in NIF's First National Awards 2001, Shri Gunaram Khanikar (79 years) from Asom left for his heavenly abode on 7th January 2016. Shri Khanikar was a herbal medicinal expert, a prolific writer with over 30 books and 650 articles in different magazines. He also started a voluntary organisation named The Regional Research and Training Center on Indian Traditional Treatment.NIF family prays for the departed soul.
  Shri Dodhi Pathak  
Shri Dodhi Pathak (62 years), innovator from Nalbari Assam passed away on August 3rd, 2015. He was a master craftsman and could develop unique articles using bamboo. He made bamboo bicycle, bamboo handpump, bamboo teeth and many other artifacts. For his ingenuity he was given a National Award in NIF's First National Awards 2001. NIF team mourns this loss and prays for the departed soul.
  Dr. Apj Abdul Kalam  
Team Honey Bee Network and NIF are shocked at the untimely demise of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. We celebrate the birthday of the former President of India, Bharat Ratna, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Oct 15 as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day. Dr Kalam was a lifelong champion of grassroots innovations. He started the tradition of honouring creative and innovative communities and individuals at the hands of the President of India in 2002. He continued to motivate the young and old alike and gave away the national IGNITE school student awards since 2008 till last year. He had promised to give away this year award too in November. Now we all will miss him. We will try to commemorate Ignite awards in his memory so that creative children continue to draw inspiration from his spirit. May his soul rest in peace, may his blessings guide our way always.
  Shri Hazarilal Ojha  
Shri Hazarilal Ojha, innovator of Seed cum Fertilizer Drill passed away on July 13, 2015 after prolonged illness. He has been a consolation award winner in NIF's Second National Innovation Awards (2002). NIF & Honey Bee Network wishes peace for his departed soul and strength for his bereaved family.
  Smt. Janaki Devi  
NIF team mourns the demise of Smt. Janaki Devi of Bihar on June 15, 2015 due to brain hemorrhage. She was awarded by NIF in its Fifth National Awards (2009) for her herbal preparation for control of sucking pests in crops. She had good agricultural knowledge and used to experiment a lot in her kitchen garden and fields. NIF team prays for her soul.
  Mr. Lalmuanzuala Chinzah  
NIF and Honey Bee Network mourn the untimely demise of Mr. Lalmuanzuala Chinzah, former National Coordinator- Business Development on May 25th, 2015 at Aizawl, Mizoram. Mr. Chinzah touched everybody’s life with warmth and a noble feeling of doing good all the time. He was a very enthusiastic, active and generous individual. He will always live in the hearts of all of us at NIF, SRISTI, GIAN and other Honey Bee Network members. We pray that his family gets strength to bear this irreparable loss and his soul rests in peace.
  Mr. Vikram Rathore  
NIF family mourns the sad demise of Sri Vikram Rathod, a brilliant grassroots innovator from Adilabad, Telangana on 24th February 2015. He died due to kidney failure. He is survived by wife, 3 daughters and a son. His innovation, cycle powered water pump had won a consolation award in NIF's Third National Biennial Award Function in 2005. May his soul rest in peace.
  Shri Dhirajlal Thummar  
Shri Dhirajlal Thummar, National Awardee in NIF's Fifth National Competition 2009, left for his heavenly abode on September 5, 2014 after suffering a heart attack. He had developed an improved variety of Groundnut - Dhiraj 101 or DVT 101, which is resistant to wilt due to stem rot. NIF family prays for the departed soul.
  Shri Chandrakant Pathak  
A mechanical engineer by training and consolation award winner in NIF's Second National Innovation Awards (2002), Shri Pathak left for his heavenly abode after suffering cardiac arrest on 9th March 2013. A compassionate individual, he developed a lot of useful technologies for common people and devoted himself completely for their welfare. HBN mourns this great loss and wishes peace for the departed soul and his bereaved family.
  Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh  
NIF- India mourns the sudden demise of Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Hon'ble Minister Science and Technology, Government of India who passed away on Aug 14, 2012 due to multiple organ failure. A down to earth and most humble person, Shri Deshmukh was a great visionary. The grassroots innovators and traditional knowledge holders of the country will miss his supportive and nurturant concern for their cause. NIF and entire Honey Bee Network family pray for his departed soul. May his soul rest in peace and God give the bereaved family, the strength to bear this loss.
  Shri Kambel Chulai  
State Award winner in NIF's Third National Biennial Awards 2005, Shri Kambel Chulai from Meghalaya left for his heavenly abode on 16th June 2012 after prolonged illness. Shri Chulai had developed a wood based low cost environment friendly crematorium, which drastically reduced the wood requirement. NIF family prays for the departed soul.
  Shri Y Mangi Singh  
State Award winner in NIF's 6th National Biennial Competition, Shri Mangi Singh (Manipur), innovator of the Kakching Mat Weaving machine passed away on 11 April 2012. Mangi Singh was a physically challenged but resilient innovator who fought tremendous hardships to develop the machine, which was not only useful for him but for the entire community, providing them livelihood option. We pray for the departed soul and wish their family strength to bear the loss.
  Shri A .S. Joy  
National Award winner in NIF's Fifth National Competition 2009 for his 'Yellow Mosaic Virus resistant white gourd variety', Shri A.S.JOY passed away on 7th April. NIF & HBN family wishes peace for his departed soul and strength for his bereaved family.
  Shri Sebastain Joseph  
National Award winner in NIF's First National Competition 2002 for his 'Njallani' variety of cardamom, Shri Joseph passed away on 13 February, Sunday night. He was 82. With the help of his son Rejimon, Sebastian had developed a new variety of cardamom which heralded a revolution in the cardamom cultivation. On the fateful morning of Sunday itself the Spices Board had awarded him Rs 8 lakh during the inauguration of Spices Park for his outstanding contribution in cultivation of cardamom. NIF & HBN family wishes peace for his departed soul and strength for his bereaved family.
  Shri Sriram Govinda Lanjewar  
Shri Lanjewar, winner of diffusion award for his paddy variety 'Jai Sri Ram' in NIF's Fifth National Award Function 2009 passed away on September 6, 2010. He developed this variety by selection from Dadaji Khobragade's HMT variety. Since 2003, he had been giving the seeds of this variety to farmers in his region and neighbouring districts. NIF & HBN family deeply mourns the loss and prays for peace to be with the bereaved family.  
  Shri Nitai Das Gupta  
Shri Nitai Das Gupta, State Awardee West Bengal, 5th National Competition, left for his heavenly abode on December 8, 2009. He was an adept craftsman and did numerous innovations over the last many decades. NIF pays tribute to him and offers commiserations to his family. May God give the family the strength to bear the loss and may his soul rest in peace.  
  Shri Dwarika Prasad Chourasiya  
State Award Winner in NIF's 4th National Biennial Competition, Shri Chourasiya, from UP, passed away on 29 Nov 2009. He had developed an amphibious bicycle way back in 1975 and a water walking shoe in 1980. A man of tremendous grit and determination, he overcame numerous obstacles to continue on the path of innovation. May peace be upon his departed soul.


  Shri Appachen  
One of our most successful innovator and entrepreneur, Mr. Joseph alias Appachan from Kerala passed away on 19th July 2008 after a heart attack. He was the man behind various models of the tree climbing device. A very humble man, he was always full of zeal and enthusiasm. May the Almighty grant his soul peace and the courage to bear the loss to the bereaved family and friends.


  Dr.C. Sahasranam  
Dr.C. Sahasranam, Coordinator-GIAN-Karnataka cell (Professor, SSIT-Tumkur). He passed away due to heart attack on 29th June 2008. Dr. Sahasranam was very active member of HBN and was associated with NIF and its activities since very long. May his spirit rests in eternal peace and God, The Almighty bless his family condolence and courage to bear the misfortune.  
  Shri Khagen Das  
Mr. Khagen Das, an innovator from Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. He was 90 years old and was unwell for quite sometimes. He was a herbal healer, healing both human and animal ailments and was a quite renowned healer in the local region. Several herbal practices were submitted by him during the 6th competition. May the lord bless him the peace in heaven.  
  Shri Ganesamurthy Asari  
Shri Ganesamurthy Asari, a innovator from Cauddalore district of Tamilnadu, he passed away during his heart surgery on 20th February 2007 Mr. Ganesa Murthy Asari won the National Second Prize for his successful innovation on Tractor drawn stubble shaver, Power tiller operated stubble shaver cum weeder and Sugarcane trash grinder during NIF's 4th biennial competition. May the lord bless him the peace in heaven.  
  Shri Shitala Prasad Singh  
Shri Shitala Prasad Singh, father of NIF Awardees, Shri Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi and Shri Jay Prakash Singh, from Varanasi left for his heavenly abode on March 1, 2008. Shri Singh was an experimental farmer who had great knowledge about agriculture and who passed on his legacy of knowledge to his sons. Learning from him, his sons have been able to develop many improved varieties of paddy, wheat and mustard, earning a name for themselves and making him proud. We pray for the departed soul. May peace be upon him and his family,whom he has left behind.  
  Mr. Khokan Bagchi  
Mr. Khokan Bagchi,a young innovator and herbal healer of Toofanganj, West Bengal passed away on October 19, 2007. His death was deeply grieved by members of NIF. It was also a very poignant loss for the Honey Bee Parivar. Both NIF and Honey Bee joined in expressing their heartfelt condolences on his sudden and untimely demise. His  contribution to our cause shall always be remembered  May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his family find peace in his peace that surpasses all understanding.  
  Mr.Niranjan Prasad Sharma   
  Consolation Award winner in NIF’s Third competition, Mr. Niranjan Prasad Sharma (45) met with a serious accident on 10 September and succumbed to his injuries on 17 September, 2007. Hailing from Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, he was an excellent stove repairing mechanic and a manufacturer of furnace stoves.He also had a keen interest in painting. He was awarded for developing modified stove with kerosene heating. He is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter.  
  Mr.Ravajibhai Savaliya  
  Mr. Ravajibhai Savaliya (61), an innovator and a successful entrepreneur from Ahmedabad, left for his heavenly abode on 6 June, 2007. He was the innovator of the ‘Savaliya Ribbed Tawa’, an innovative product that is gaining popularity day by day. His main interest was doing research in non-renewable energy applications and had a few patents to his name. He was a thorough gentleman and a good mentor for other innovators.  
Mr.Annegowda, 51 years, was an innovative agriculturist from Mallikarjunapura. He left for his heavenly abode on 14th May, 2006. He was a man of tremendous grit and determination. Despite negative feedbacks from his family and friends and many setbacks, he became the first person in the entire village and surrounding areas to start sericulture 20 years ago and till his untimely death was the only one to continue doing so. Scouted by Dr. T.N. Prakash and his team at PRITVI, his simple, environment friendly, innovation cocoon stand was short listed for the Fourth Competition Awards and was presented before the RAC of National Innovation Foundation. Being simple in design the same is now being used by farmers in the nearby areas like Aurohalli, Sidhhalli etc.  
  Mr.Ramesh Mahajan  
It is with great grief that we have to inform the sad demise of Mr. Ramesh Mahajan, a very young, committed and very enthusiastic collaborator in Honey Bee network,Maharashtra. He passed away on October 27th morning due to heart attack. He was in his early forties. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.

He was with the North Maharashtra University and had been associated with the Honey Bee network right from the inception and had made valuable contributions in scouting and documenting innovations from Maharashtra. In him we have lost a man of varied talents, who wrote many novels and helped people around him. His cheerful, pleasant, enthusiastic demeanour will be missed by everyone. May his soul rest in peace.