On Dussehra, October 13th 2013, Shri Ratilal Premchand Chandaria commenced his final journey exactly 91 years after he entered this world. Ratilal Chandaria, known affectionately as Ratikaka or RPC, has been an inspirational figure. He was a renowned visionary leader, industrialist and philanthropist. In his later years, driven by his passion for his mother tongue, Gujarati, he founded and was the force behind GujaratiLexicon, Digital Bhagwadgomandal and several other digital Gujarati Language initiatives.
Ratikaka was born to Premchand and Punji Chandaria on Dussehra. He undertook his primary and secondary education in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. As an active Scout, he was associated with youth activities, sports & yoga. He was also a member of Nairobi’s Jain Youth League in its early days. At the beginning of the Second World War, he migrated to India along with his parents. In 1943 he married Vijayalaxmi, daughter of Fulchand and Devi Shah, in Jamnagar. Today he is survived by his 4 children and 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.