Narayan Malhar Joshi

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Narayan Malhar Joshi
Narayan Malhar Joshi 1980 stamp of India.jpg
Joshi on a 1980 stamp of India
Born(1879-06-05)5 June 1879
Goregaon, Colaba District now Raigad Maharashtra, India
Died30 May 1955(1955-05-30) (aged 75)
Occupation(s)Politician, freedom fighter, Social activist
MovementTrade Union Movement

Narayan Malhar Joshi (5 June 1879 – 30 May 1955) was an Indian trade union leader and follower of Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Joshi became involved in labour issues and started the All India Trade Union Congress in 1920 along with Lala Lajpat Rai. He was the general secretary of AITUC from 1925 to 1929 and from 1940 to 1948.[1] In 1931, he left AITUC and started the All India Trade Union Federation.[2]

In 1911, Joshi established an organization called the Social Service League. The League conducted training programmes for volunteers, whose services were later utilized for relief work among people suffering from famines, epidemics, floods and other disasters, and also for welfare programmes among the poor and the destitute. He was president of Bombay Textile Labor Union. Among other titles, he is considered one of the pioneers in Modern Indian Social Work.[3] On 20th September 1922, N M Joshi established an organization called the Sahakari Manoranjan Mandal. The 'sahakari' conducted training programmes for theatre artist, which later on successfully run verious sangeet natak plays written and directed by mill workers.

Early life[edit]

Narayan Malhar Joshi was born into Deshastha Brahmin family[4] on 5 June 1879 at Girgaon, Kolaba district, Maharashtra.

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  1. ^ "N.M. Joshi dead". The Hindu. 31 May 1955. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  2. ^ Rohini Dasgupta (22 April 2011). "Short Biography of Narayan Malhar Joshi".
  3. ^ Obituary. N M Joshi. The Economic Weekly. 4 June 1955
  4. ^ V. B. Karnik (1972). N. M. Joshi: Servant of India. United Asia Publications. p. 2. As the family hailed originally from the Desh, Joshi fell in the Deshastha sub- caste of the Brahmin caste and not in the Chitpawan sub-caste which held a dominating position in the social and political life of Maharashtra