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18-11-2009

G G Jadhav

Type: Commemorative Stamp
Denomination: 5 Rupees
Colour: Multicoloured
Market Rate: Rs. 15
Size: 312 X 232 Cms
Quantity Printed: 0.3 Million
Stamps Per Sheet: 40 Nos.
Printing Process: Photogravure
Printer: India Security Press, Nasik
Stamp Design: Alka Sharma
Cancellation Design: Alka Sharma

Dr. Ganpatrao Govindrao Jadhav was born on 04.05.1908 in Gaganbavada in Koihapur district of Maharashtra.

He had his primary education in Koihapur and Gaganbavada but could not continue his education due to poverty. However, he kept on reading various kinds of books and newspapers like “Vijayee Maratha” and “Kesari Maratha” which laid the foundation for his great journalistic career.

In the inspiring company of a member of the Bombay Legislature Council, Mr. Bhaskararao Jadhav and with further guidance from Keshavarao Jedhe and Dinkarrao Javalkar, G.G.Jadhav launched the newspaper “Kaiwari”, thus initiating his career as a journalist. His close association with stalwarts like Achyutarao Kolhatkar, Mama Varerkar, and M.G. Ranganekar also helped him shape his life intellectually.

Dr. Jadhav believed in service to society, especially to the poor and the downtrodden. He participated in social, political and worker’s movements in the erstwhile Mumbai state. The upliftment of Dalits and their rights were very close to his heart. He advocated that Dalits should not be discriminated against in entering temples. To show solidarity with the people, he alongwith Dr.B.R. Ambedkar and dalit youths forcefully entered into Kala Ram Mandir, which triggered a movement for equal rights for Dailts.

Dr. Jadhav was a great freedom fighter. In 1930 when the Civil Disobedience movement was launched, he was entrusted with the task of sending secret messages to volunteers by the President of Congress Bar Council. When the Salt Satyagraha movement of Karade Matwad near Navsari in Gujarat was launched by Gandhiji, Dr.Jadhav met him and informed him about the movement in Mumbai. Dr. Jadhav successfully took up the work of ensuring that the movement reaches the masses of western Maharashtra.

He was famous for the publication of the newspaper “Pudhari”, launched on 13th May 1937 as a weekly newspaper but soon converted into a full fledged daily newspaper on 1st January 1939 due to its popularity. Dr. Jadhav used this newspaper as a tool to educate society. He was the first founder president of the Kolhapur Patrakar Sangha (Association of Journalists).

As a social reformer, he followed in the footsteps of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and joined the Satyashodhak movement to get rid of the various misconceptions and superstitions prevalent in the society. He was its president for many years. He was also a part of ‘Sanyukta Maharashtra Jan Andolan’. He led many movements for the farmers welfare and was the founder member of the District Agriculturist Co-operative Society. He also played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Tararani Vidyapeeth, Mouni Vidyapeeth, etc.Dr. G. G. Jadhav was felicitated with “Kakasaheb Limye Award”, an honour for rural journalism, by the Poona Press Club in 1983 for his selfless, untiring and dedicated life. He was conferred with “Padmashri’ by the President of India on 26th January, 1984. Owing to his great social work the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangha offered him ‘LateAcharya AtreAward” on 13th August, 1985. He was honoured with D.Lit. by Shivaji University, Kolhapur, in 1986.

Dr. G.G. Jadhav passed away on 20th May, 1987. However the torch he kindled continues to spread its light.

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