Sir Dadabhai Naoroji Dordi
Born: 4 September 1825
Died: 30 June 1917
- He also known as the “Grand Old Man of India“ and “Unofficial Ambassador of India” was a British Parsi scholar, trader, and politician who was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom House of Commons between 1892 and 1895, and the first Indian to be a British MP, notwithstanding the Anglo-Indian MP David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre, who was disenfranchised for corruption.
- He was one of the founding members of the Indian National Congress.
- His book Poverty and Un-British Rule in India brought attention to the draining of India’s wealth into Britain.
- In it, he explained his wealth drain theory.
- He was also a member of the Second International along with Kautsky and Plekhanov.
- In 2014, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg inaugurated the Dadabhai Naoroji Awards for services to UK-India relations.
- India Post dedicated stamps to Naoroji in 1963, 1997 and 2017.
- He is regarded as one of the most important Indians during the independence movement.
- In his writings, he considered that the foreign intervention into India was clearly not favorable for the country.
- He is remembered as the “Grand Old Man of Indian Nationalism” Mahatma Gandhi wrote to Naoroji in a letter of 1894 that “The Indians look up to you as children to the father.
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September 4, 2019