Maharashtra: Bhai Keshavrao Dhondge, a principled and ideologically committed leader is no more 

Veteran Peasants and Workers Party leader and five term MLA and an MP Keshavrao Dhondge from Nanded district on Sunday died at the age of 102.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Sunday, January 01, 2023, 07:21 PM IST
article-image
Keshavrao Dhondge (centre) | FPJ

Mumbai: A veteran Peasants and Workers Party leader and five term MLA and an MP Keshavrao Dhondge from Nanded district on Sunday died at the age of 102.

Dhondge was a firebrand speaker and fighter for the cause of deprived people, working class and farmers. He was felicitated by ruling and opposition in the monsoon session of the state legislature last year. His speeches in the state assembly used to be filled up with satire, hard hitting criticism against the ruling party and also with love and affection for the working class. Many times he made his opposition sweat due to his fiery speeches in and outside the legislature. 

Dhondge the leader

Dhondge was a comprehensive, ideologically committed, principled, progressive, transformative leader. He worked passionately on many issues of the state including Marathwada. He took initiative for the establishment of Shivaji Free Education Society. He wrote extensively through books and 'Jaikranti' to break rituals and superstitions. 

Many of his speeches in the Legislative Assembly have become famous. He was a fearless and self-respecting public representative. He led the fight against the Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi’s decision to impose emergency in the country and he was jailed for 14 months in Nashik Central jail.

Known as a militant leader, he was at the forefront to lead or participate in a number of satyagraha and agitations. These satyagrahas included Pinddan Satyagraha, Bomblya Satyagraha, Shencharu Satyagraha and Khais Kutri Satyagraha and they were discussed throughout the state. 

Dhondge-the 'Fiery Speaker'

Dhondge established Gurakhigad in 1985 and also organised the World Cowherd Literature Conference and the World Cowherd Folk Theater Conference.

As he aggressively presented the issues of the people of Marathwada, he was also called the ‘’Mulukh Maidan Tof ’’ (fiery speaker)of Marathwada. 

Dhondge enjoyed good rapport and cordial relations cutting across party lines. He strongly pursued a slew of demands including a broadcasting centre at Aurangabad, high court bench at Aurangabad and agricultural university in Parbhani.

(If you have a story in and around Mumbai, you have our ears, be a citizen journalist and send us your story here. )

(To receive our E-paper on WhatsApp daily, please click here.  To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Mumbai: Work at Bhandup complex complete, water supply resumes: BMC appeals to boil water before...

Mumbai: Work at Bhandup complex complete, water supply resumes: BMC appeals to boil water before...

ON CAMERA: Motorman faints in Borivali-bound train at Malad

ON CAMERA: Motorman faints in Borivali-bound train at Malad

Waves FC defeat South Mumbai United in Division-II final of MFA League

Waves FC defeat South Mumbai United in Division-II final of MFA League

Mumbai: Shardashram Vidya Mandir clinch U-16 Manorambai Apte T20 title

Mumbai: Shardashram Vidya Mandir clinch U-16 Manorambai Apte T20 title

Mumbai: Mahanagar gas slashes CNG price by ₹2.50 per kg from Feb 1

Mumbai: Mahanagar gas slashes CNG price by ₹2.50 per kg from Feb 1