Dhondo Keshav Karve
Born: 18 April 1858
Died: 9 November 1962
- He popularly known as Maharishi Karve, was a social reformer in India in the field of women’s welfare.
- In his honour, Queen’s Road in Mumbai (Bombay) was renamed to Maharshi Karve Road.
- He was a pioneer in promoting widows’ education.
- The Government of India awarded him with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 1958, the year of his 100th birthday.
- The appellation Maharshi, which the Indian public often assigned to Karve, means ”a great sage”.
- He was also sometimes affectionately called “Annā Karve”; in the Marathi-speaking community to which Karve belonged, the appellation “Annā” is often used to address either one’s father or an elder brother.
- He was also the first living Indian to appear on a postal stamp of India.
- During 1891–1914, he taught mathematics at Fergusson College in Pune, Maharashtra.
- He wrote two autobiographical works: Ātmawrutta (1928) in Marathi, and Looking Back (1936) in English.
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