Gopalrao Bajirao Khedkar
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Dr. Gopalrao Bajirao Deshmukh Alias Abasaheb Khedkar (14 January 1901 – 25 May 1969),also known as Abasaheb Khedkar was a social activist and a farmer's leader in India. He was the Minister of Rural Development in the first cabinet ministry of Maharashtra. and the first President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee
Dr. Abasaheb Khedkar
|Rural Development Minister Govt. Maharashtra. First Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President|
|Born||14 January 1900|
Khed Tal. Morshi, Amravati district, Maharashtra, India
|Died||25 May 1969 (aged 68)|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
He was born at Khed in Amravati district of Vidarbha, Maharashtra on 14 January 1901. In 1917, after his matriculation Abasaheb studied Homeopathy from Kolkata. In 1920, when he was studying at Amravati Victoria Technical School he came across Mahatma Gandhi non co-operation movement. He Established Shivaji Boarding in 1923 which later became Shivaji Education Society.
Abasaheb Khedkar was a protagonist of Samyukta Maharashtra and opposed to formation of Separate Vidarbha. He wanted all Marathi speaking areas of India to be united under one state of Maharashtra, in the larger interest of Marathi people. He was one of the signatory of the informal agreement reached in 1953 by Marathi speaking politicians from different regions of Marathi speaking areas on the composition, and organization of the future Maharashtra state.The agreement is popularly known as the Nagpur Pact. He was the first president of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee. He refused to take the position of Chief Minister of Maharashtra and preferred to take up the Rural Development portfolio.He was instrumental in implementing Panchayat raj in Maharashtra in the form of Zilla parishads (Equivalent to County or District Councils) in 1962.
Khedkar was elected as Member of Parliament From Akola Lok Sabha Constituency twice and served in the Lok sabha from 1951 to 1960.He resigned from the Lok sabha in 1960 to enter into government of the newly formed state of maharashtra.
Khedkar was elected from Akot Constituency in 1962 to the first legislative assembly of the newly formed state of Maharashtra. He was re-elected from the same Constituency in the 1967 elections.
Death and legacyEdit
- Dr. Abasaheb Khedkar died in 1969 at Amravati.
- Shri Shivaji Arts and Commerce Mahavidyalaya at Telhara district Akola was renamed in his memory to Dr Gopalrao Khedkar Mahavidyalaya Gadegaon (Telhara).
- A Special cover of the Indian Postal Stamp was issued by the then President Of India, Mrs Pratibha Patil in 2013 at Amravati. Early in Mrs. Patil's career, Abasaheb had been her political mentor
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "A great Philanthropist of Vidarbha Region". Shivaji Education Society. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- Official site.
- Venkatesan, V. (2002). Institutionalising panchayati raj in India. New Delhi: published for Institute of Social Sciences by Concept Pub. Co. p. 87. ISBN 9788170229971. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
- "About us". Shri Shivaji Education Society's Dr. Gopalrao Khedkar Mahavidyalaya Gadegaon (Telhara). Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Singh, Sunaina (2016). The First Woman President of India Reinventing Leadership: Pratibha Devisingh Patil. Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 25. ISBN 9788184248166.