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Ganesh Vasudeo Joshi (9 apri1828 – 25 July 1880) was a lawyer, social reformer, and political activist. He was a founding member of Poona Sarvajanik Sabha.[1] He was also called Sarvajanik Kaka with affectionate humour.[2] He was a social activist in Pune when Maharashtrian revival began, and he was the elderly guiding philosopher when Tilak and Agarkar's generation gave impetus to Indian independence struggle. Joshi also represented Vasudev Balwant Phadke as his lawyer in Phadke's trial.[3]

Joshi had a daughter who was married to Gopal Krishna Gokhale.[citation needed]

At the Delhi Durbar of 1877, wearing "homespun spotless white khadi" Joshi rose to ask of the viceroy of India (then the 1st Earl of Lytton), that Her Majesty the Queen might:

Grant to India the same political and social status as is enjoyed by her British subjects.

With this demand, it can be said that the campaign for a free India was formally launched,[4] which was the beginning of a great transformation for India.[5]

Joshi died on 25 July 1880 due to heart trouble.


  1. ^ Low, Donald Anthony (1968). Soundings in Modern South Asian History. India: University of California Press. p. 391.
  2. ^ Government of Maharashtra. "The Gazetteers Department - SATARA". Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. ^ Rao, Parimala V. (24 January 2009). "New Insights into the Debates on Rural Indebtedness in 19th Century Deccan" (PDF). Economic & Political Weekly. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ The Delhi Durbar,, magazine of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,free india
  5. ^ KESAVAN MUKUL (Sunday, 29 May 2005) "STORY OF THE CONGRESS - Three pivotal moments that shaped early nationalism in India", The Telegraph, Calcutta, retrieved 3/19/2007 nationalism