Mahadev Govind Ranade-A Judge and a Social Reformer

Mahadev Govind Ranadar was a famous social reformer and author. He worked a lot for the betterment of humankind. Mahadev Govind also became the Justice in Bombay High Court in 1883.

Mahadev was born on 18 January, 1842 in Niphad in a Chitpavan Bhahmin family. Niphad is in taluka town in Nashik district. His wife died at very early age and he was proposed to remarry.

Though his friends wanted him to marry a widow so that she could also rehabilitate but he married a child bride. Since the girl child was very young and not educated enough, therefore Mahadev provided her with an education. She also got famous with Mrs. Ramabai Ranade and also worked for social and educational reform work in the society.

Seven years tenure of Mahadev as judge in Bombay high court was the best time of his social reformation for child marriage, widow remarriage and other social evils of that time. His efforts made British Government to initiate Industrialisation in India.

Mahadev Govind Ranade also served as the member of the Indian National Congress. He was a social reformer in real terms and founder of the Social Conference movement. He was against child marriage and also opposed the shaving of widow’s heads. As during that time, widows were expected to shave off their head after the death of their husbands and were forced to live a miserable life.

Mahadev Govind Ranade took his last breath on 16 January, 1901 in Puna.

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