Vinayak Narahari Bhave
Born: Sep 11, 1895 AD
Died: 1982 AD, at 87 years of age.
1895 - Born on the 11th of September in Gagode, Maharashtra. Indian nationalist leader and land reformer.
- Associated with Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian independence movement.
1916 - He abandoned his high-school studies to join Gandhi's ashram (ascetic community). Gandhi's teachings led Bhave to a life of austerity, dedicated to improving Indian village life.
1932 - He was sent to jail by the British colonial government because of his fight against British rule.
- He gave a series of talks on the Gita, in his native language Marathi.
1940 - Chosen by Gandhi to be the first Individual Satyagrahi, against the British rule.
1951 - Bhave's idea of the land-gift movement was conceived, when, while he was touring villages in the province of Andhra Pradesh, a landholder offered him an acreage in response to his appeal on behalf of a group of landless untouchables, or Harijans (low-caste Hindus).
1953 - Bhave's original project and his philosophy of life are explained in a series of articles collected and published as Bhoodan Yajna.
1958 - First recipient of the international Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership.
- Vinoba spent the later part of his life at his ashram in Paunar, Maharashtra.
1975 - Bhave maintained a vow of silence over the issue of the involvement of his followers in political agitation.
1979 - As a result of a fast, he secured the government's promise to enforce the law prohibiting the killing of cows (animals sacred to Hinduism) throughout India.
1982 - Vinoba Bhave died on 15th of November after refusing food and medicine.
1983 - He was awarded the Bharat Ratna.
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