Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar, an Indian nationalist

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Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar

Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar (2 December 1855 — 23 May 1923) was an Indian nationalist and reformer.


Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar was born on 2 December 1855, Honavar, Bombay. Before he took the degree in Law in 1881, he served as a Dakshina Fellow in the Elphinstone College for some time.

He went to England as a member of three-man delegation, the group sent to educate public opinion about India on the day before of the General Elections in England.

In 1885, Indian National Congress was established. In 1900, he was elected as the President of the annual session of Indian National Congress. And later a year, in 1901, he was appointed as the Judge of Bombay High Court.

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He took a break from politics for the next twelve years and given his time to the judicial system and various social groups till 1913. The main social group he worked with was the Prarthana Samaj. The organization was inspired by the Brahmo Samaj and participated in the modernization of Hindu society.

In 1914, he returned to Indian politics. In 1920, he reigned over the public meeting held in Bombay to protest the report of the Hunter Committee on the Jallianwala Bagh massacres which was appointed by the Government of India.

In 1921, when the new reformed councils under the Act of 1919 came into existence, he was nominated as the first non-official President of the Bombay Legislative Council.

He was associated as founder-president and as guide and counsellor. The organisation to which he turned for spiritual light and strength was the Prarthana Samaj, of which he was the President for twenty years, from 1901 to the last day of his life.

He died on 23 May 1923.

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