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