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Mahadev Govind Ranade – Freedom Fighter of India

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Born on the 18th of January, in the year 1842 in Nasik, located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, Mahadev Govind Ranade was a renowned scholar, an author who penned down a number of literary works, and also a social reformer whose contributions include his role in being one of the founding members of the Indian National Congress party.

His political career ranged from a number of designations, wherein he was appointed as a member in the Bombay Legislative Council, the Judge of the Bombay High Court, as well as member of the Central Finance Committee.

His role in social and religious reforms had been immense and he was appreciated for his optimism as well as patient approach in everything that he took up. He also played a significant role in setting up a number of associations, which include the Prarthana Samaj, the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, among many others, to promote social reformations.

He was also the editor of the Marathi daily newspaper Induprakash. Later in his life, he also became the mentor and advisor of famous freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

He always voiced against social evils like child marriage, ill treatment of the widows, dowry and supported women empowerment and widow remarriage. The founder of the Social Conference Movement, Ranade passed away on 16th January, 1901.

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