By Greg Stempfle
Frequent Libertarian candidate for public office Bhagwan Dashairya passed away last March.
Bhagwan ran as Libertarian four times; once for Wayne State Board of Governors in 2016 and three times for US Congress, from 2010-2014. He also ran as a write in for Congress in 2008 and was the US Taxpayers Party (AKA Constitution Party) candidate for Governor in 2006. He is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, niece, and nephew.
Bhagwan was born in BJhansi, India and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Allahabad University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Banaras Hindu University. He also earned a Master of Science and a PhD in engineering sciences from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Davenport University in Dearborn, Michigan.
Bhagwan had a long history of activism dating back 30 years, including being a delegate to the White House conference on Indo-U.S. relations in 1963, to serving as a member of the race relations committee with New Detroit, Inc., an organization developed in 1967 after the riots to membership on the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Bhagwan served in a variety of positions in Westland, where he lived. He served for more than a decade on the Westland Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as a commissioner and on the board of directors. He was a member of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board when it formed in 1996. He also helped out on the Building Improvement Team for the Wayne-Westland School District. In the past he’s sought public office on the Westland City Council, Wayne County Commission, and ran for mayor of the City of Dearborn before he moved to the Westland community.