R.V.Patankar Memories


Ramchandra Vishnu Patankar, an educationist, and a social worker were the founder Secretary of Satyaniketan. Since its inception, two years had been passed but there was no Sarvodaya Centre in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra because Ahmednagar district was known as the stronghold of Communists who were against Sarvodaya ideology. Sanagmner-Akole was known as the capital of Communists in Ahmednagar district and absolutely influenced by Communist ideology. A historical meeting of Sarvodaya leaders arranged at Akole in 1950. Shankarrao Dev and many national and state-level leaders were presented to that meeting. Unfortunately, no local volunteer came forward to promote the Sarvodaya Scheme in Akole Taluka. Finally, Shankarrao Dev declared the name of Bapusaheb Shende to promote Sarvodaya Scheme in Akole Taluka. Many people were of the opinion that the Centre should start in Akole, but Bapusaheb decided to start the Centre in Rajur village, 20 km. away from Akole. Meanwhile, Bapusaheb came in contact with R.V. Patankar who was the editor of ‘Lokshakti’. At the insistence of Shankarrao Dev and Bapusaheb Shende, R.V. Patankar left the job of ‘Lokshakti’ and took the responsibility of Rajur’s Sarvodaya Centre. Fascinated by the thoughts and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, R.V. Patankar dedicated his whole life for the welfare of poor and down-trodden people of the Akole’s tribal region.



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