Ninad Bedekar

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Ninad Gangadhar Bedekar
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Born (1949-08-17)August 17, 1949
Died May 10, 2015(2015-05-10) (aged 65)
Occupation Historian, Writer and Orator, Retired factory executive
Education Diploma of Mechanical Engineering
Years active 1975–2015

Ninad Gangadhar Bedekar (17 August 1949 – 10 May 2015) was a historian,[1] writer and orator[2] from Pune, Maharashtra, India, writing and speaking in Marathi. He was a prolific contributor to newspapers and magazines. He scripted the Son et lumière show at Shanivarwada, and wrote the script for Marathi TV serial Peshwai. He was acquainted with Persian and Arabic, as well as the Modi script. He was a life member of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, Pune and an honorary member of Fort Renovation and Beautification Committee for the Government of Maharashtra.[3] He holds a diploma in mechanical engineering,[4] and has worked for Kirloskar Cummins Ltd., (now Cummins India Limited).[5] Bedekar traced his ancestry to the Rastes, a Maratha feudal family.[5] In 2003, Bedekar succeeded, along with the Maratha-Hindu-nationalist organization, Shiv Sena, in having James Laine's academic monograph, Shivaji: Hindu king in Islamic India (Oxford University Press) banned in their state, until India's Supreme court lifted the ban, but not before Sambhaji Brigade [6] volunteers had ransacked the collections of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Poona where Laine had worked.[7]

Books authored[edit]

Durgkatha, Shartiche Shiledar ( 5 Parts ), Hasra Itihas, Durgvaibhava, Itihas Durgancha, Maharastratil Durg, Saksh Itihasachi, Thorla Raja Sangun Gela, Khanderi, Javhar, Gajkatha, Eka Navin Shivcharitrachya Nimittane, Vijay Durgache Rahasya','shivbhushan'. He presented 'Shivbhushan', a poem in the Brajabhasha, on an audio CD.

He wrote the foreword[8] to the critically acclaimed book[9] Solstice at Panipat.

Research on forts[edit]

Bedekar is known for his research on the forts of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and about 75 forts outside India, having led numerous treks to them. He was an honorary member of Fort Renovation and Beautification Committee for the Government of Maharashtra and life member of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal - Pune, Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal – (Chairman) Maharastra Kalopasak, Pune – (Chairman).

Tour de Sahyadri[edit]

To celebrate his 61st birth day, Bedekar took trekkers on a series of treks to 61 forts of Maharashtra, in the various districts of Maharashtra, starting on 17 August 2009 with the birthplace of Shivaji Fort Shivneri and ending on 1 Sept 2010 at Fort Raigad.[3]


  1. ^ Datta Saikat (1998-11-28). "350 years on, Afzal Khan is back in the news". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Newspaper vendors felicitated". The Times of India. 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Trek to 61 Forts with Shri. Ninadji Bedekar". 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  4. ^ Bonde, Bhavana (2001-09-28). "Creating a smart urban landscape at Shanivarwada". Graduation thesis. (Vancouver, Canada: The Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of British Columbia): 56. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  5. ^ a b Paranjape Samir (2009-08-16). "शिवशाहीच्या इतिहासाचा ‘निनाद’". Loksatta (in Marathi). Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  6. ^ "'Maratha' activists vandalise Bhandarkar Institute". The Times of India. 2004-01-06. Retrieved 18 Sep 2012. 
  7. ^ Supreme Court upholds lifting of ban on Shivaji book, Daily News and Analysis, 9 July 2010.
  8. ^ Kulthe, Bhagyashree (2011-04-05). "There are hardly any English books on Panipat". DNA (Mumbai: Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.). Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Sharma, Manimugdha S (2012-01-15). "Bikers for warriors". The Times of India (Mumbai: Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.). Retrieved 16 July 2012.