Madhav Yeshwant Gadkari

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Madhav Yeshwant Gadkari
Born 25 September 1928
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died 1 June 2006
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Journalist
Known for Journalism
Children Three daughters and a son
Awards Padma Shri

Madhav Yeshwant Gadkari (1928–2006) was an Indian journalist and the editor of Loksatta, a popular Marathi daily published by the Indian Express Group.[1] He was also associated with the All India Radio, Maharashtra Times, Sakal and their Goa edition, Gomantak Times[2] during his career.[1] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1990.[3]


Gadkari was born into Marathi Brahmin[4] on 25 September 1928 in Mumbai, in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra.[5] His first known posting was with the All India Radio.[1] Later, he worked with Maharashtra Times, and moved on to Sakal and their Goan edition, Gomantak Times. Subsequently, he joined Loksatta and became its Group Editor in 1991. After his retirement from service in 1992, he continued freelance writing and contributed a column in the city based newspaper, Mumbai Chaufer, till 1997.[1]

Gadkari was in the news on more than one occasion. On 20 December 1990, a bomb blast took place in his house following which a few Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad supporters were arrested.[6] In 2004, he was again in the news when a group of known personalities including Subhash Bhende, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and himself, filed a public interest litigation at the Mumbai High Court, seeking disenfranchisement of the Mumbai slum dwellers.[7] He was awarded the civilian honour of the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1990.[3]

Gadkari died on 1 June 2006, aged 78, at his Mumbai residence, leaving behind his wife, three daughters and a son.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Veteran journalist Gadkari passes away". 1 June 2006. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Gomantak Times, 2015, Retrieved September 27, 2015[better source needed]
  3. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Afkār Inquiry, Volume 5, Issues 1-5. Tropvale Limited. 1988. p. 26. The debate was initiated by Marathi daily Loksatta, owned by the Indian Express group. Editor Madhav Gadkari, a Brahmin condemned the government and accused Ambedkar, a convert to Buddhism, of vilifying Hindu gods and goddesses
  5. ^ "Autographs of Media Personalities of India". Indian Autographs. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Altekar gets justice after 16 long years". Hindu Net. 18 December 2006. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Banning the majority from voting". Info Change India. October 2004. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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