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Friday, 27 November 2015

Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar


Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar


G V Mavalankar : First Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar (27 November 1888 – 27 February 1956) popularly known as 'Dadasaheb' was an independence activist .
He became the President (from 1946 to 1947) of the Central Legislative Assembly, then Speaker of the Constituent Assembly of India, and later the first Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India
Mavalankar hailed from a Marathi family but lived and worked in Ahmedabad, former capital of Gujarat.
His family originally belonged to Mavalange in Ratnagiri district of Bombay Presidency in British India.
After his early education in Rajapur and other places in Bombay Presidency, Mavalankar moved to Ahmedabad in 1902 for higher studies.
He obtained his B.A. Degree in Science from the Gujarat College, Ahmedabad, in 1908.
He was a Dakshina Fellow of the College for one year in 1909 before beginning his law studies in Government Law School, Bombay.
He passed his Law examination in First Class in 1912 and entered the legal profession in 1913.
He became the honorary secretary of the Gujarat Education Society in 1913 and the secretary of the Gujarat Sabha in 1916.
He was one of the guiding force with Sardar Patel in education front of Gujarat and was co-founder of Ahmadabad Education Society along with Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Amritlal Hargovindas
Further, he along with Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and others was also one of the proposer of an institution like Gujarat University as early as the 1920s, which later came to be founded in 1949.

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