We the citizens of Niphad are rightly proud of Justice (Nyaymurti) Mahadev Govind Ranade who was honored with the words Sarvadhna Sahi Madhava was born in our city.
Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade should be mentioned among the top great Indian leaders who have done great work in the fields of politics and social work in the last century. Justice Ranade is known as the guru of Namdar Gopal Krishna Gokhale who was the guru of Rastrapita (Father of Nation) Mahatma Gandhi. Justice Ranade was one of the founders of the National Congress in 1885.
Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade was born on 18th January 1842 and completed his primary and English education in Kolhapur. He completed his B.A. in 1862 from Elfiston collage and M.A. in 1865 and later his L.L.B. He passed all these examinations in first class. This indicates his brilliance. Many English scholars have praised his brilliance and great interest in reading.
Lokmanya Tilak says that when Maharashtra was frozen at that time Mahadeverao warmed it and poured life in it. Justice Ranade wrote many great books (Granthas). Among them, Marathi Sattecha Uday is specially mentioned. Justice Ranade is recognized as the father of Indian Economy.
Justice Ranade founded much organization and laid the foundation of the social movement. Justice Ranade was the inspiring source behind the establishment of Prarthana Samaj (1866), Vaktrutvajak sabha (1867), Sarvajneek sabha (1870), Vedshashfrojak sabha (1875), Samajeek Parishad (1896), Deccan sabha (1896), Town Hall, Native Library of Pune, Audyogik (industrial) Parishad and pradarshan, Furguson college, Female Highschool, silk Mill, Granthotyojak Mandali; Vasant Vyakhyanmala, paper mill. He was elected as the first president of Marathi Sahitya Sammelan.
All the citizens of Niphad wish to erect the National Memorial of this great man. The Mankeshwar Vachanalaya Sarvjanik Vishwasta Sanstha has taken this responsibility.
Shri Manakeshwar Vachnalaya, Niphad Trust founded in 1919. This Library Movement Library in rural areas having grade C and D are provided with books under the Raja Rammohanan Roy chain scheme. Shri Manakeshear Vachnalaya has also won the Best Rural Library Prize given by Raja Rammohan Roy Foundation, Kolkata in 2005. The Library is prospered with more than 28000 books on many different subjects. This organisation has contributed a lot to the cultural development of Niphad. Among these, the Vyakhyanmala of Bahishal Mandal of Pune University and Karyashala should be mentioned. The determined plan is made according to this plan Manakeshwar Vachnalaya has purchased the 325 sq.m. plot in which Justice Ranade was born.
As mentioned earlier a statue of Justice Ranade and some incidents in his life. Will be established in it. All the writings of Justice Ranade including letters, articles, speeches etc. Will be collected and made available for it. The literature written on Justice Ranade by many intellectuals will also be collected. A series of lectures on Justice Ranade will be stared in order to take Justice Ranade is thoughts to the public. Apart from these, suggestions from well know personalities of Maharashtra will also be included while building the memorial. In this building, there will be a memorial and reading room, in the basement, library and study room on the first floor and auditorium on the second floor. The budget of the project is approximately Rs.1 to 1.25 crores.
We are requesting all the co-operative organizations, government and public to contribute according to their abilities to raise enough fund for this project. Please, contact us for more information Hon. Namdar Chhaganraoji Bhujbal (P.W.D.& Tourism Minister, Maharashtra state) donated Rs. 2 lakh and Hon Shri Rajaram Patil Pangavhane donated Rs.1 Lakh as the contribution. The bhumipujan of this building was done by the auspicious of by Hon. Namdar Shri. Chhaganraoji Bhujbal on 15 th August 2010. We expect that all of you will help building the memorial for Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade.
Once again a heart appeal for help.