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Lala Amarnath Bharadwaj & Vinayak Narahari “Vinoba” Bhave

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Lala Amarnath Bharadwaj & Vinayak Narahari “Vinoba” Bhave

Lala Amarnath Bharadwaj

Born: 11 Sept 1911

Died: 5 Aug 2000

  • He was an Indian cricketer.
  • He was the first batsman ever to score a century for India in Test cricket.
  • He was independent India’s first cricket captain and captained India in the first Test series win against Pakistan in 1952.
  • He played only 3 Test Matches before World War 2 and thus lost all his prime years as India played no official Test matches.
  • During this time he amassed around 10,000 runs with 30 hundred in first-class cricket which included teams from Australia and England featuring some of the most prominent Test players.
  • After the war, he played another 21 Test Matches for India.
  • One of the prominent all-rounders of the time, he later became the chairman of the Senior Selection Committee, BCCI and also served the game as a commentator and expert.
  • He was responsible for grooming many youngsters like Chandu Borde, ML. Jaisimha, Jasu Patel, etc.
  • who played for India.
  • His sons Surinder & Mohinder Amarnath also became Test players for the country.
  • His grandson Digvijay is a current first class player.
  • The Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of the Padma Bhushan in 1991.

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Vinayak Narahari “Vinoba” Bhave

Born: 11 September 1895

Died: 15 November 1982

  • He was an Indian advocate of nonviolence and human rights.
  • Often called Acharya (Sanskrit for teacher), he is best known for the Bhoodan Movement.
  • He is considered as a National Teacher of India and the spiritual successor of Mohandas Gandhi.
  • The Gita has also been translated into the Marathi language by him with the name as Geeta means mother Geeta.
  • A report in the newspapers about Gandhi’s speech at the newly founded Benaras Hindu University attracted Bhave’s attention.
  • In 1916, on his way to Mumbai (then Bombay) to appear for the intermediate examination, he threw his school and college certificates into a fire.
  • He took the decision after reading the piece of writing in the newspaper written by Mahatma Gandhi.
  • He wrote a letter to Gandhi and after an exchange of letters, Gandhi advised Bhave to come for a personal meeting at Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad.
  • He met Gandhi on 7 June 1916 and subsequently abandoned his studies.
  • He participated with a keen interest in the activities at Gandhi’s ashram, like teaching, studying, spinning and improving the lives of the community.
  • His involvement with Gandhi’s constructive programs related to Khadi, village industries, new education (Nai Talim), sanitation and hygiene also kept on increasing.

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