Madan Mohan Malaviya has finally been bestowed with the recognition he rightly deserves. Like they say – der aaye, pat durust aaye. Very few Indians know about this stalwart. He deserves to be known.
Here are 20 facts about Bharat Ratna Madan Mohan Malaviya that we Indians should know about:
Mahamana = The Great One.
img source: firstpost Mahatma Gandhicalled himself Malaviya’s devotee saying his patriotism flowed like the uninterrupted Ganga.
And he is the only Indian to have been given that sort of designation. Gandhi also gave him the title – ‘Maker of India.’
Karam Yogi = The one who selflessly engages in work
It was Dr Radhakrishnan who gave him that title.
For those of you who don’t know, Teachers’ Day in India is celebrated on the birthday of Dr Radhakrishnan.
This is considered to be his greatest achievement of all times.
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He shares his birthday with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. And Jesus.
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Bhagavat recital was a family profession and he could latch on to it easily. The family could not afford his education. He completed his BA from University of Calcutta only after he was granted a monthly scholarship from Harrison College’s Principal.
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He finally took up the job of a school teacher.
Satyamev Jayate – Truth Alone Triumphs – is now the National Motto of the Govt. of India.
Thank Madan Mohan Malviya for that.
That was in 1909, 1918, 1930 and 1932.
Madan Mohan Malaviya along with national leaders Lala Lajpat Rai and industrialists Ghanshyam Das Birla acquired Hindustan Times and saved it from its demise.
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Malaviya delivered two famous speeches on communal harmony (Lahore in 1922 & Kanpur in 1931).
He encouraged all countrymen to switch to singing Vande Mataram, instead of the British National Anthem
Malaviya asked the Nizam for funds who in turn hurled at a shoe at him in his darbaar. Malviya calmy picked the shoe, went outside and started auctioning it in the market.
To avoid shame, Nizam called Malviya back and offered the funds for establishing BHU, one of the oldest and finest educational institutions in the country.
Like this self-made leader, journalist, lawyer & educationist cared about that.
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He was a qualified lawyer of the Allahabad High Court
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Gandhi did not pay heed to his advice
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