He was born in a Kannadiga family at Nargund, Karnataka in 1920. He completed his matriculation from Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya in Pune and graduation in English Hons from Sir Parshurambhau College. Inspired by the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he began his political career with the Jana Sangh in Pune.
Joshi was elected to the Lok Sabha continuously for two terms in 1967 and 1971 from Bhopal and Shajapur constituencies of Madhya Pradesh. Later, he served as a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1978 to 1984.
One of the tallest national leaders of the Jana Sangh, he actively participated in the Goa Liberation Movement. His contribution to building the BJS and BJP in Karnataka earned him the epithet "Karnataka Kesari" (Lion of Karnataka).
Joshi died on 15 July 1991 at the age of 71.
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