Friday, January 28PROUD TO BE A COOPERATOR

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Late Shri. Laxmanrao Inamdar
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Late Shri. Laxmanrao Inamdar

Swargiya Laxmanrao Inamdar was born on 21st September 1917 on the day of Rishi Panchami. He had seven brothers, of whom he was third, and two sisters. He hailed from Satara Dist. of Maharashtra and he was a practising lawyer by profession. He visualised a value-based and ethical Co-operative movement for rapid, sustainable & equitable growth of the Country.  He was the chief motivational force in the formation of  Sahakar Bharati in 1978. Lakshmanrao Inamdar, popularly known as Vakil Saheb, was one of the early Pracharaks of RSS in Gujarat. He is credited with inducting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Bal Swayamsevak in RSS. Vakil Saheb  is credited with shaping Narendra Modi’s career  and shared a special bond. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, author of a 2013 biogra...
Late Shri. Madhavrao Godbole
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Late Shri. Madhavrao Godbole

Late Madhavrao alias Annasaheb Godbole, BA, LLB was born on the 27th March 1905 in Islampur, Dist. Sangli, to a humble yet cultured family. In his childhood he faced dire conditions and completed educatio fighting against all odds. High moral, cultural and social values were imbibed in him in early childhood. It was very natural for him to take up social cause and serve society ceaselessly. He dedicated his life to social cause as a worker of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He has a distinction of being elected as the first MLA on the ticket of then Jansangh and now BJP. His contribution towards development of co-operative movement, especially in urban co-operative sector, was right from grass root was commendable. In 1935 during British Raj period, to serve common Indian, local...
Late Shri. Vaikunthbhai Mehta
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Late Shri. Vaikunthbhai Mehta

Vaikunthbhai Mehta friend, philosopher, guide and a doyen of Cooperative movement was born on 26th October 1891 at Bhavnagar in Gujarat. Vaikunthbhai served the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank as Chief Executive for an uninterrupted period of about 35 years. He was Minister of Finance and Cooperation of the then Bombay State and was first Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission. The contribution of Vaikunthbhai Mehta to the cause of Cooperative Education and Training was pioneering and foundational. The true architect of cooperative movement profound thinker and prolific writer passed away on 27th October 1964.
Late Shri. Dhananjayrao Gadgil
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Late Shri. Dhananjayrao Gadgil

Late Shri. Dhananjayrao Gadgil was born on the 10th April 1901 in Nagpur. His grandfather was the first one from his family to migrate from Konkan to Nagpur. Shri. Gadgil completed school education in Nagpur and got his degree from Cambridge University. He returned to India after obtaining D.Lit. from Cambridge University. He established the Gokhale Institute of Economics in Pune for researching into the rural economy, developing a better understanding of strengths & weaknesses, anxieties & aspirations of rural people. During his tenure as the director of the institute from 1930 to 1933 he undertook completed various fundamental research projects. He combined research, experimentation and experiences to develop co-operative sector. His contribution towards co-operative cred...
Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil
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Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil

Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil, the pioneer of Sugar Co-operative movement, establishing Asia’s first co-operative sugar factory, which was commissioned in 1950. Born in a farmers family at Loni in 1901. It dawned on him that the co-operative movement was the only ideal medium to achieve his goal. So begins the saga of the co-operative movement in India. He pioneered co-operative movement as a tool for social, educational & economic upliftment of the rural masses. He was awarded “Padmashree” the distinguished title in appreciation of his life’s work with the co-operative movement, at the hands of the President of India, Late. Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1961.