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Vinayak Narahari Bhave

Born: 1895 AD
Died: 1982 AD
Nationality: Indian
Categories: Nationalist

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.