Acharya Vinoba Bhave

By India Post, Government of India - [1] [2], GODL-India,

Bhave joined the nationwide civil disobedience movement conducted against the British and was put behind bars with other nationalists. Regardless of these numerous activities, he was not accessible to the general public. He gained national importance when Gandhiji chose him as the very first participant in a new nonviolent campaign in 1940.

Following India’s independence in 1947 as well as Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948, Bhave concentrated his efforts on Sarvodaya, indicating “welfare for all.” Initially, Bhave was a reluctant leader, and initiatives were poorly organized, but the Sarvodaya adherents were imbued with deep commitment and supplied selfless service. Bhave renewed the movement in 1951 while on a strolling tour of Telangana. A communist-led peasant rebellion noted this area of Andhra Pradesh as India’s significant problem spot. In one village, landless peasants mentioned that they needed 100 acres of land. Bhave asked the landowners to contribute the 100 acres and met with success. Hence, the bhoodan movement took birth, and the Sarvodaya movement once more had a real leader.

After that, over 5,000,000 acres of land was donated, and also other dan (gift) activities developed. These consisted of loan, animals, implements, wells, and even, the ultimate gift, the devotion of one’s life to well-being activities. The eventual objective of the bhoodan activity was 50,000,000 acres, yet there was not nearly enough support to make it happen. However, material considerations apart, Bhave had revived the Gandhian focus on changing individuals’ hearts, on nonviolence, and self-help. In 1982, after enduring a cardiac arrest, Bhave determined to finish his life by not eating until his fatality.


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