Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Freedom Fighter and social reformer Gopal Krishna Gokhale on his birth anniversary.
About Gopal Krishna Gokhale –
- Gokhale became a member of the Indian National Congress in 1889. He was the leader of the moderate faction of the Congress party. In 1905, he was elected president of the Indian National Congress (Benaras Session).
- In 1899, Gokhale was elected to the Bombay Legislative Council and in 1901 he was elected to the Imperial Council of the Governor-General of India.
- The Servants of India Society was formed by him in Pune (Maharashtra) in 1905 to further the expansion of education in India. The Society organised mobile libraries, founded schools, and provided night classes for factory workers.
- In 1908, he founded the ‘Ranade Institute of Economics’.
- He launched the English weekly newspaper named The Hitavad (The people’s paper) in 1911.
- Gokhale visited South Africa at Gandhi’s invitation. He received personal guidance from Gokhale, including a knowledge and understanding of India and the issues confronting common Indians.