Snehja Rupwate

About Snehjaji

An amazing blend of minimalism and simplicity, yet a strong minded woman – Snehja Rupwate was a perfect example of a self-made woman of today. Having born into a politically and socially influential family Snehjaji never let this fact intrude her down to earth, soothing nature. Her father, late Hon. Madhukarrao ji Chaudhari was the Ex-Speaker of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha and successfully headed several portfolios in the Government of Maharashtra. His contribution to the social, political and educational field has been enormous! Snehjaji choose to take forward his legacy specifically in the social field.

She completed her schooling from the Balmohan Vidya Mandir – Mumbai in 1974; and went on to do Home Science from the Maharaja Shayajirao University of Baroda in 1979. She completed her higher education after her marriage to Premanandji; B.A. and M.A. in Marathi from the S.N.D.T. University, M.Phil in 1985 and finally B.Ed, in 1991 from the Mumbai University. She then joined the Maharshi Dayanand College at Parel, where she was a Professor of Marathi for 24 years. In 2006 she chose to take Voluntary Retirement and dedicate her full attention and energies  to social causes. Her devoted service as a teacher has earned her the honour of being one of the best teachers in her college with her students excelling in different paths of life.

Even during her teaching years Snehja ji never let go off her zest to work on social issues. As a social activist she has been actively involved with the women’s movement in Maharashtra. With thrust on Women Self Help Groups, Family Counselling Centres, Capacity-Building Programmes, Awareness Campaigns, etc Snehja ji contributed  to accentuate the process of women’s empowerment. She was  a part of several activist networks in Maharashtra working on women’s empowerment, potential building of elected women representatives, female foeticide and violence against women.

Snehja ji efficiently shouldered responsibilities of non-profit organisations like Kusumtai Chaudhari Mahila Kalyani and Bal-Kalyani, with her work expanding from Mumbai to the rural areas of Ahmednagar and Jalgaon Districts of Maharashtra. Her contribution to literary field by organizing colloquiums for women writers will be always honoured.

Her untimely, accidental death has left a deep void not only in the family but also in the social circle she worked in. Her ability to love and care for others, unconditionally, has earned her many admirers and well-wishers across the country. She will be always remembered for her hard work and dedication in any task that she took up!