Narayan Meghaji Lokhande
|Narayan Meghaji Lokhande|
Thane, Maharashtra, India
|Political movement||Trade Union Movement in India|
Narayan Meghaji Lokhande (Marathi: नारायण मेघाजी लोखंडे) (1848-1897) was a pioneer of the labour movement in India. He is remembered not only for ameliorating the working conditions of textile mill-hands in the 19th century but also for his courageous initiatives on caste and communal issues. The Government of India issued a post stamp with his photo in 2005.
Narayan Meghaji Lokhande was a prominent colleague of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule. Lokhande is acclaimed as the Father of Trade Union Movement in India. From 1880 onwards, he took over the management of Deenbandhu which was published from Bombay. Along with Lokhande, Jotirao also addressed the meetings of the textile workers in Bombay. It is significant that before Jotirao and his colleagues Bhalekar and Lokhande tried to organise the peasants and the workers, no such attempt was made by any organisation to redress their grievances. Mahatma Phule started the first Indian Workers organization – 'Bombay Mill Hands Association', with the help of Shri. Narayan Meghaji Lokhande.
Praised by government
In 2005, the Government of India released a Postal Stamp to commemorate his work.
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