Mahadev Govind Ranade | Marathi Social Reformer

Mahadev Govind Ranade (1842–1901) was a writer, social reformer and a politician. He served in the Indian National Congress for some years, and also worked as a judge in the Bombay High Court, Maharashtra.

During his life,he established various institutions like Granthottejak Sabha and the Prarthana Samaj, for the benefit of the society, and also published a daily newspaper. Due to his social service, he was given the title of Rao Bahadur. During his life he helped to establish the [Vedashastrottejak Sabha] Vaktruttvottejak Sabha, the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha [ Maharashtra Granthottejak Sabha and the Prarthana Samaj, and edited a Bombay Anglo-Marathi daily paper, the Induprakash, founded on his ideology of social and religious reform.

Mahadev Govind Ranade was born into a Brahmin family in a town in Nashik district in the year 1842. He was educated in Kolhapur and finished his university degree in Mumbai.

He established the Prarthana Samaj, in order to spread the philosophies of Hinduism and the bhakti spirit among the people. He also focussed towards giving the equal rights for women, similar to men. He encouraged widow remarriage system, and he was considered as a holy person among the people. In 1885, he founded Girls school, for giving good education to the poor girls in Maharashtra.

After the death of his wife, he remarried a widow girl, and treated her with love and affection.
He died in the year 1901.

1. Rise of the Maratha Power.
2. Economic Writings.
3. Essays on Indian Economics.

A television series on Zee TV was telecasted based on Mahadev’s life history.

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