Shree Mandhata Samaj UK is a community of Koli Patels originating from the Navsari District in Gujarat, India. Various community members had initially migrated to East Africa in the 1940/50’s and had adopted the name “Mandhata Samaj”. Subsequently, during the 1960/70’s, the community members had resettled in the UK and continued with the adopted name, formed and local Mandhata Samaj/ Mandals in towns they had settled in.
1n 1972 the Association of Mandhata Samaj UK (AMSUK) was established as an umbrella organisation of the various “Koli Patel Mandhata Samaj/Mandals” in the UK to represent the Mandhata community and to organise/oversea the co-ordination of Samaj national events. More regular events and activities are facilitated locally by the affiliated Town and Gaam organisations and Mandals that enables members to meet, socialise and network.
In March 1996, following acceptance of the Constitution by it’s members, AMSUK was registered as a Charity (Registration No. 1055169) with the UK Charity Commission.
At present the Mandhata community in UK is estimated to be circa 7,000 families with a total of about 30,000 community members. It is one of the largest group of ethnic groups in UK. Apart from UK and its ancestry in towns and villages (Gaams) in India, the Mandhata community also resides in many other towns and cities in United State of America, Africa, Canada, New Zealand and many other countries.
Aims and Objectives
AMSUK Constitution (1996)
- To maintain and preserve the traditional Cultural, Social, Religious and Educational values of the Mandhata Community.
- To develop and support all Mandhata Samaj local Organisations and Associations.
- To develop links with Koli Patel Community in India and other overseas Countries.
National Strategic Review (April 2013)
- To develop and maintain a strong Community.
- To develop and maintain a Cohesive Community.
- To value and promote Hindu faith and Cultural Heritage.
- To improve effective communications.
- To become more professional at national, regional and local levels.
Membership of AMSUK
- Individual Life Members
- Affiliated Towns in UK (Representation)
- Affiliated Gaam Mandals in UK (Representation)
In March 1996, following acceptance of the Constitution by its members, AMSUK was registered as a Charity (Registration No. 1055169) with the UK Charity Commission.
Story of India’s Historic People – The Kolis – English & Gujarati version