Poona Sarvajanik Sabha
Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, (Marathi: पुणे सार्वजनिक सभा), was a sociopolitical organisation in British India which started with the aim of working as a mediating body between the government and people of India. It started as an elected body of 95 members elected by 6000 persons on April 2, 1870. The organisation was a precursor to the Indian National Congress which started with its first session from Maharashtra itself. The Poona Sarvajanik Sabha provided many of the prominent leaders of national stature to the Indian freedom struggle including Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
Notes and references
- The preamble of the constitution of the Sabha lays down: "Whereas it has been deemed expedient that there should exist between the Government and people some institution in the shape of a mediating body which may offer to the latter facilities for knowing the real intentions and objectives of the Government, as also adequate means of securing their rights by making timely representations to Government of the real circumstances in which they were placed, an association has been formed and organised under the appellation of Poona Sarvajanik Sabha." as quoted in Johari 1993, p. 17
- Johari 1993, p. 17
- The Poona Sarvajanik Sabha: the early phase, 1870-1880 - S. R. Mehrotra
- Johari, JC (1993). Voices of India Freedom Movement. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. ISBN 978-81-7158-225-9.
- Bakshi, SR (1993). Mahadev Govind Ranade. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. ISBN 978-81-7041-605-0.
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