Known as the Grand Old Man of India, Dadabhai Naoroji was a reformer, an educator, social reformer and an important political leader. Naoroji helped lay the foundation of India’s contemporary freedom struggle. Through his famous ‘Drain Theory’ he explained how India’s wealth was being taken away to England in Various forms.
30 June 2018, marks the 101 anniversary of his death. Here are some interesting facts about the great life of this remarkable son of the soil.
Today, on his 101 death anniversary, we bring to you some facts about the great figure of India:
* The “Grand Old Man of Indian Nationalism” was born in Parsi family on 4 September 1825 in Bombay, his parents named him as Dadabhai Naoroji.
* He became first Indian to hold the prestigious academic post that is Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in 1855 at Elphinstone College, Bombay.
* In 1855, he sailed for England to join the first Indian business firm to be established in Britain, Cama & Co, and 3 years later in 1859 established his own business firm under his own name, Naoroji & Co, a cotton trading firm
* During his time in England, Dadabhai delivered speeches and educated the British people about their responsibilities as rulers of India
* From his early childhood, he was sympathetic towards the social condition of the Indians. So for the betterment of his countrymen, he founded the Dnyan Prnasarak Mandali to educate the women
* Naoroji began working towards upliftment of Indians from 1860s and became quite eloquent against the British colonialism and their exploitation of India.
* He was patronised by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda and started his public life as the Dewan (Minister) to the Maharaja in 1874. Dadabhai also served as a member of the Legislative Council of Mumbai from 1885 to 1888
* He was an active participant in the founding of the Indian National Congress and became its President thrice in 1886, 1893 and 1906.
* He moved to London in the late 1880s and was elected for the Liberal Party in Finsbury Central at the 1892 general election — becoming the first British Indian MP. In this way, he
* Dadabhai was the first Indian to win a seat in the House of Commons.
* He spent his later years writing articles and giving speeches on the exploitation of India by the British, thus setting the foundation for the Indian Nationalist Movement
* The Dadabhai Naoroji Road, in Mumbai is named in his honour.
Twitterati Remember Dadabhai Naoroji on His Death Anniversary
We remember the Grand Old Man of India, Dadabhai Naoroji, on his death anniversary. He was one of the co-founders and former Presidents of the Indian National Congress. His famous drain theory focused on the drain of wealth from India into England. pic.twitter.com/PUUVpWbO0o
— Congress (@INCIndia) June 30, 2018
Remembering Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji, great intellectual and leader also known as the Grand Old Man of India on his death anniversary. pic.twitter.com/68Xitx9ukC
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) June 30, 2018
Solemnly remembering political leader, intellectual, educator and social activist Dadabhai Naoroji on his death anniversary
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 30, 2018
Tribute to the great man Shri Dadabhai Naoroji on his death anniversary, who demanded Swaraj and self-government for India and was the first Indian elected to the House of Commons. #DadabhaiNaoroji pic.twitter.com/srLcLKECUu
— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) June 30, 2018
Humble tributes to an influential social leader and the educator, Dadabhai Naoroji on his Death anniversary.#DadabhaiNaoroji
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) June 30, 2018
Paying respect to Shri Dadabhai Naoroji on his death anniversary. He was the generous and brave patriot who supported the Swaraj moment and wrote books and articles focussed on the exploitation of the British rule. pic.twitter.com/ZqD4181ahC
— Dr Rutvij Patel (@DrRutvij) June 30, 2018
Truly, he was a great personality! Stay connected with Awaaznation for all updates!