Lahuji Raghoji Salve

Lahuji Raghoji Salve (14 November 1794 – 17 February 1881), was an Indian Hindu social reformer and Dalit activist.

Lahuji Raghoji Salve
Born(1794-11-14)14 November 1794
Died17 February 1881(1881-02-17) (aged 87)

Early lifeEdit

He was born into Mang community near Purandar in the Maharashtra state of India. Lahuji is also referred to as "Lahujibuwa Mang" and his father was Raghoji Salve and mother Vithabai. He was the teacher of vasudev Balwant phadke father of Indian Armed Revolution.[citation needed]

He learnt wrestling from his father and he became an expert wrestler, which eventually conferred him the title of 'Vastaad' (or master) and he also owned a gymnasium at Ganj peth in Pune.


Lahuji also taught martial arts to many reknowed people and also acted as a mentor preaching the need for Indian freedom from British Raj and the upliftment of untouchables. Lahuji got acquainted with Jyotirao Phule's work for the liberation of depressed classes by educating them and joined his Satyashodhak Samaj.[3]

It was upon the muscle and strength of Lahuji that Phule fronted all the physical attacks that were hurled at him and his wife, Savitri. Lahuji helped recruit many Dalit students for the Phule schools. Phule's adoration of Lahuji and salutations appear in the records and reports to the British government.[4]

Krantiveer Lahuji Valsad Salve Memorial at Sangamwadi in Pune is also under construction.[5]


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  3. ^ "Remembering Lahuji Raghoji Salve". Velivada. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Anna Bhau matured the purpose of literature to serve the Dalit cause". The Indian Express. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Standing committee approves Rs 20 cr for Krantiveer Lahuji Valsad Salve memorial in Sangamwadi". Hindustan Times. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2020.