Gopal Ganesh Agarkar
|Died||17 June 1895 (aged 38)|
|Education||B.A. in History and M.A. in History|
|Known for||Founder of the Deccan Education Society|
Gopal Ganesh Agarkar (14 July 1856 – 17 June 1895) was an Indian social reformer, educationist, and thinker from Maharashtra, India.
At one time a close associate of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, he was co-founder of multiple educational institutes such as the New English School, the Deccan Education Society and Fergusson College along with Tilak, Vishnushastri Chiplunkar, Mahadev Ballal Namjoshi, V. S. Apte, V. B. Kelkar, M. S. Gole and N. K. Dharap. He was the first editor of the weekly Kesari and founder and editor of a periodical, Sudharak. He was the second Principal of Fergusson College and served that post from August-1892 until his death.
A locality in Andheri,Mumbai is named after him as Agarkar Chowk
Gopal Ganesh Agarkar was born on 14 July 1856 in Tembhu, a village in Karad taluk, Satara district, Maharashtra. He was a friend of Nilkanth Tidke
Agarkar was schooled in Karad and then worked as a clerk in a court there. In 1878, he got his B. A. degree, and in 1880 was awarded an M.A.
He was the first editor of Kesari, a prominent Marathi-language weekly newspaper founded by Lokmanya Tilak in 1880-81. Ideological differences with Tilak caused him later to leave. They disagreed on the primacy of political reform versus social reform, with Agarkar believing that the need for social reform was more immediate. He started his own periodical, Sudharak, in which he campaigned against the injustices of untouchability and the caste system. Agarkar abhorred blind adherence to and glorification of tradition and the past. He supported widow remarriage. From 1892 to 1895 he was the Principal of Ferguson college.
Agarkar suffered from severe asthma his entire life and succumbed to it on 17 June 1895
In another important aspect the another year was also significant as in the rank of faculty members, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar (1856-1859) joined. Agarkar was a brilliant Chitpavan Brahmin, M.A. at the Deccan College when Tilak met him first.
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