Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil
Born:22 September 1887
Died: 9 May 1959
- He born in Kumbhoj, Kolhapur, was a social activist and educator in Maharashtra, India.
- A strong advocate of mass education, he founded the Rayat Education Society.
- He played an important role in educating backward castes and low-income people by coining the philosophy earn and learn.
- He was a prominent member of Satyashodhak Samaj (Truth seeker’s society), founded by Mahatma Jotirao Phule.
- The people of Maharashtra honored him with the sobriquet Karmaveer (King of actions) and the Government of India awarded him with Padma Bhushan in 1959 in India.
- While employed in the Kirloskar factory at Kolhapur, Bhaurao began working for the Satyashodhak Samaj.
- In a meeting of Satyashodhak Samaj, held at Kale near Karad, a resolution passed that in order to run the Satyashodhak movement successfully it would be necessary to educate the Bahujan Samaj.
- Accordingly, Bhaurao Patil established Rayat Shikshan Sanstha at a small village named Kale, on 4 October 1919.
- This society focused on the children of the masses, so it was named Rayat, the Marathi word for “masses”.
- During his lifetime, the Sanstha created thirty-eight cosmopolitan boarding schools, 578 voluntary schools, six training colleges, 108 secondary schools, and three colleges.
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September 22, 2019