Shri Madhavrao Bagal
Madhavrao (Aged 91) born on May 28, 1895, played a noteworthy role in spearheading the agitation for Indian independence and the merger of the Kolhapur state into the Union of India.
Along with several compatriots like Ratnappa Kumbhar, Dinakara Desai, Nanasaheb Jagadale, R. D. Minche, and others, he was arrested. Madhavrao joined the Indian National Congress in the mid-1930s, disillusioned by the pro-British politics played by older leaders of the peasants’ movement like Bhaskarrao Jadhav, with whom he had started agricultural co-operative societies in Kolhapur and adjoining regions.
Between 1940 and 1947, Madhavrao worked closely with leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel, and Jawaharlal Nehru. Although he passed away in 1986, his memory and contributions have been etched in the hearts of the people of Kolhapur for generations to come.