The moment we hear or read “Marathi”, our brain picks up the images of the most prominent people who literally build the state, civilization, and culture.
But there is a list of other people who contributed not only to the state but to the country and humanity. Let us remember them today on “Maharashtra Day”.
1. Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, PVSM AVSM VM ADC is an air officer of the Indian Air Force. He currently serves as the Chief of the Air Staff. His birth and primary schooling happened in and around Nanded.
2. Ranjitsinh Disale, a primary school teacher in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, is the winner of this year’s Global Teacher Prize. Then 34-year-old began working as a teacher in 2009 when his first job involved a “dilapidated building”, sandwiched between a cattle shed and a storeroom” where girls from the tribal community were taught.
3. Sharad Arvind Bobde, (born 24 April 1956) is an Indian Judge who served as the 47th Chief Justice of India from 18 November 2019 to 23 April 2021. He is born and brought up in Nagpur and has been instrumental in the field of law regarding matters of Ram Mandir, Marital rape, and Anti-abortion amongst others.
4. Major Rama Raghoba Rane, PVC (26 June 1918 – 11 July 1994) was an officer in the Indian Army. He was the first living recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration. On 21 June 1950, Rane’s award of the Param Vir Chakra, for his actions on 8 April 1948 during the advance to Rajauri, was gazetted.
5. ABHAY Bang and Rani Bang are Indian social activists and researchers working in the field of community health in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, India. They have revolutionized healthcare for the poorest people in India and have overseen a program that has substantially reduced infant mortality rates in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the world. They received the Maharashtra Bhushan award for their work in 2003.
6. Anil Kakodkar, (born 11 November 1943) is an Indian nuclear physicist and mechanical engineer. He was the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and the Secretary to the Government of India, he was the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay from 1996–to 2000. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour, on 26 January 2009. Kakodkar graduated from Ruparel College, then from VJTI, the University of Mumbai with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1963. He joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in 1964.
7. Ramesh J Chauhan, Born on 17 June 1940 in the Purndare Nursing Home in Chowpaty in Mumbai, Ramesh Chauhan was the fourth child of mother Jaya and father Jayantilal Chauhan: Kokila, Madhukar, Minakshi, and Ramesh, who were followed by Uma Kishori and Prakash Chauhan. Prakash Chauhan runs ParleAgro which boasts of some well-known brands like Mango Fruiti, Appi, Hippo Snacks, etc.
8. MurlidharDevidasAmte (Baba Amte), Born in Hinganghat in Wardha District of Maharashtra, Baba Amte was an Indian social worker and social activist popularly known for his work in the rehabilitation & empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy. He founded 3 ashrams for the treatment & rehabilitation of leprosy & disabled patients in Maharashtra. Baba Amte was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971, Padma Vibhushan in 1986 & Gandhi Peace Prize in 1999.
9. Rohit Sharma, Born in Nagpur, Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma was born in a low-income family and was brought up by his uncles and grandparents and could only meet his parents on weekends, who lived in a one-room house in Dombivli. Despite hardships, Sharma was able to rise through the ranks with sheer determination and finally made it to the Indian national team. He is currently the vice-captain of the Indian national team and captains Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
10. Amole Gupte (born c. 1962) is an Indian screenwriter, actor, and director, known for his work on the 2007 Bollywood film Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) as creative director and screenwriter. He conceived the film along with his wife, Deepa Bhatia (concept, research, and editing). He was the chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India from 2012 to 2015.