He was a leader of social and political reformists and one of the founding leaders of Indian Independence Movement. Gokhale’s voice aspired millions of Indians to participate in Indian Freedom Struggle.
Apart from being a political leader, he was also a social reformer. He founded the “Servants of India Society”-an organization dedicated to the cause of common people.
Education influenced Gokhale greatly. He was one of the first generation in India to receive his college education.
His understanding of the English language allowed him to express himself without hesitation and with utmost clarity. His appreciation and knowledge of history instilled in him a respect for liberty, democracy, and the parliamentary system.
Once graduated, he joined in the New English School in Pune, as Assistant Master. n 1885, Gokhale moved on to Pune and became one of the founding members of Fergusson College, along with his colleagues in Deccan Education Society. He gave two decades of his life to this college…
He gave a public speech at the age of 20 on “India under British rule” which was highly appreciated and endorsed by everyone. Imagine doing such thing at that time…
Gokhale was also the role model and mentor of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who in 1912, aspired to become the “Muslim Gokhale”.
All the political stress took their toll, however, and Gokhale died on 19 February 1915 when he was just 49. Still he has done a lot to this society which most of us don’t know..
Bal Gangadhar Tilak, his lifelong political opponent, said at his funeral: “This diamond of India, this jewel of Maharashtra, this prince of workers is taking eternal rest on funeral ground. Look at him and try to emulate him”.
I wasn’t aware of the fact that it’s he who wanted universal education in India. Be it not for Gokhale, we wouldn’t pride ourselves saying we’ve studied this much and achieved this & that. Salute to the great man!!