Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Madan Mohan Malaviya and Prof B R Shenoy

Today India celebrates 150th Birth Anniversary of great liberal Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861-1946). One of the great free market economists of 20th century India was Professor B R Shenoy (1905-1978). 

"actively participated in the freedom struggle and was jailed at Nagpur where he came under the close contact and immense influence of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya." 

In his presidential address to the Lahore Congress, he said:
  • “If millions of people in this country are to be rescued from poverty, if new avenues for employment are to be opened and prosperity spread over the land, it is essential that an extensive system of technical and industrial education should be introduced in the country. The examples of other countries point out that to be road to prosperity.”

It is worth to quote his message on the founding of the Banaras Hindu University:
  • “India is not a country of the Hindus only. It is a country of the Muslims, the Christians and the Parsees too. The country can gain strength and develop itself only when the people of the different communities in India live in mutual goodwill and harmony. It is my earnest hope and prayer that this centre of life and light which is coming into existence, will produce students who will not only be intellectually equal to the best of their fellow students in other parts of the world, but will also live a noble life, love their country and be loyal to the Supreme ruler. " 
See my earlier post here.

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