Narahar Vishnu Gadgil

Narahar Vishnu Gadgil

Narahar Vishnu Gadgil

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Narhar Vishnu Gadgil (Devanagari: नरहर विष्णु गाडगीळ) (January 10, 1896 - January 12, 1966) was an Indian freedom fighter and politician from Maharashtra, India. He was also a writer. He wrote in both Marathi and English.

Gadgil graduated from Fergusson College in Pune in 1918, and obtained a degree in Law two years later.

Activities before India's independence

In India's pre-independence days, freedom fighters Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Vallabhbhai Patel influenced Gadgil. Spiritual leaders Swami Ramkrishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekanand also made a deep impression on him. He joined the Indian National Congress immediately after obtaining his law degree and started his active participation in the national freedom movement. He suffered imprisonment from the ruling British government eight times for the participation.

In India's pre-independence days, Gadgil served as the secretary of Poona District Congress Committee (1921-25), the president of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (1937-45), and the whip and secretary of the Congress Legislative Party (1945-47). He was elected to the central Legislative Assembly in 1934.

Gadgil was a pioneer in social reform movements in Maharashtra in the 1930s.

Service after India's independence

During 1947-52 period, Gadgil served as a minister in the first central cabinet of independent India. He held the portfolios of Public Works, Commerce, and Mines and...
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