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This Was, Indeed, The Golden Period of Maharashtrian Renaissance

There were pioneers in every field: Phule, Ranade and Agarkar in social reforms; Karve, the pioneer of higher education for women; Bhaurao Patil, the father of rural education; Tilak and Gokhele in politics.

As enlightenment grew, there was another reaction: an effort to revive the ancient glory of India in order to inculcate a patriotic spirit among the people to oppose the British rule.

 

Bhaurao Patil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was spearheaded by Vishnu Krishna Chiplunkar and supported by Tilak. The Lokamanya wiguraged a relentless war for Swaraj or self –rule and suffered many years in jails. Along with the extremist Tilak, another great figure arose in Maharasthra at this time. He was the moderate but noble –hreated Gopal Krishna Gokhale, whom Gandhi later acknowledged as his guru in Indian politics.   

 

Tulapur (Photo credit: ramkrsna)

This was, indeed, the golden period of Maharashtrian renaissance,; it brought about a social and literary transformation which has few parallels in India. There were pioneers in every field: Phule, Ranade and Agarkar in social reforms; Karve, the pioneer of higher education for women; Bhaurao Patil, the father of rural education; Tilak and Gokhele in politics; Chiplunkar, the essayist; Hari Narayana Apte, the novelist; Keshavasut, the poet; and Kirloska, Deval and Gadkari, the playwrights. Great by any standard, they left an indelible mark on the rebuilding of Maharasthra.      

 

Even the greatest leader that India’s scheduled castes ever produced, Dr B.R. Ambedkar, belonged to this state. He was an intellectual giant who generated a new social consciousness among his people. He fought doggedly for a change in their status, and created a lasting impact on Indian society. 

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