Mahadev Govind Ranade

By अमित म्हाडेश्वर - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Mahadev Govind Ranade was an Indian social agitator, a notable scholar as well as an establishing member of the Indian National Congress. He was among the first reformers who knocked on the caste system and also untouchability. He advocated social reforms such as widow remarriage, the liberation of females, and the emancipation of the oppressed castes. As a Judge, he used his powers to advance equality of the sexes, the spread of education and learning, rescuing children and widows from social injustices, and protection of agricultural workers and also land lessees from exploitation. He consistently supported using constitutional and legal means for obtaining freedom and also generating social reforms. Later on, he came to be associated with the working of several establishments targeting social, financial and even political innovation of India such as the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, the Social Conference, Industrial Seminar as well as the Prarthana Samaj. As a founder participant of the Indian National Congress, his influence was inevitable. He was likewise taken into consideration to be an excellent historian that played a crucial role in the modernization of the Indian economy. He similarly released publications on Indian business economics as well as on Maratha history. He thought about Western education as an essential aspect of the formation of a new and dynamic India. A reformer, lover of justice and also a follower of equal rights amongst all, he inspired many other Indian social agitators through his works. He co-founded the ‘Prarthana Samaj’ with his close friends Atmaram Pandurang, Bal Mangesh Wagle and also Vaman Abaji Modak, to propagate theism based upon the divine Vedas. He was also the patron of the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha and Ahmednagar Education Society. He was instrumental in the formation of the Social Conference Movement, which worked against child marital relationships, the shaving of widows’ heads, and spending significantly in marital relationships as well as other social functions. He likewise published books on Indian economics as well as on Maratha history which includes ‘Rise of the Maratha Power’


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