Dhondo Keshav Karve

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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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