Loknayak Bapuji
Madhav Shrihari Aney
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byAnasuyabai Kale
Succeeded byNarendra R. Deoghare
2nd Governor of Bihar
In office
12 January 1948 – 14 June 1952
Chief MinisterShri Krishna Sinha
Preceded byJairamdas Daulatram
Succeeded byR. R. Diwakar
Member of the Viceroy's Executive Council
In office
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor‑GeneralVictor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow
Personal details
Born29 August 1880
Wani, Berar Province, Hyderabad State, British India
(present-dayMaharashtra, India)
Died26 January 1968 (aged 87)
Cause of deathMyocardial Infarction
Political partyCongress Nationalist Party
Other political
Indian National Congress
Yamuna Bai
(m. 1898; died 1925)
Alma materMorris College (B.A., 1902) Calcutta University (LL.B, 1907)
OccupationAuthor, politician, freedom fighter
Known forRole in the Indian Independence movement
AwardsPadma Vibhushan (1968)

Madhav Shrihari Aney (29 August 1880 – 26 January 1968);[1] popularly referred to as Loknayak Bapuji Aney or Bapuji Aney, was an ardent educationist, freedom fighter, statesman, a modern Sanskrit poet and a politician. He was also conferred with the title of "Loknayak Bapuji", which means "The People's Leader and Respected Father".[2] He was one of the founders of the Congress Nationalist Party. He was first among the eminent disciples of Lokmanya Tilak such as N C Kelkar, Kakasaheb Khadilkar, Gangadhar Deshpande, Dr B S Munje, Abhyankar, T B Paranjpe and Vaman Malhar Joshi, who walked in the footsteps of Tilak.[3] Accepting the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi on the death of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Aney persuaded his colleagues to see the writing on the wall. At the same time he was not blind in his loyalty. He disapproved Congress throwing itself in Khilafat Movement and warned against excessive wooing of Muslims at the cost of national interests. He regarded unity at any price as elusive and dangerous. Since the best safeguard for the minority was the goodwill of the majority. He never permitted his critical faculties to be blurred by emotion. Mahatma Gandhi admiring his calm logic, confided in him and often sought his counsel. He was chosen to arbitrate the disputes between Subhash Chandra Bose and Jatindra Mohan Sengupta. He was never a breaker or a destroyer but was always a cementing factor believing in synthesis and not in segregation.[4]


Early life and background

Bapuji Aney was born on 20 August 1880 in a family of Sanskrit pandits at Wani in Yavatmal district of Vidarbha in Maharashtra. His father Shrihari Aney was a learned pandit and mother Rakhma Bai Aney, a housewife. Bapuji Aney was second of their four sons.[5] He came from a Deshastha Brahmin family.[6] It is said that his ancestors hailed from Telugu-speaking area with the surname "Annamraju" which was later transmuted into "Aney" (IAST: Aṇe). The other suggested origin name is Annamwar, also originating in Telangana. He was initiated into vedic studies early in life and soon ripened into profound Sanskrit scholar. He completed his B.A. from Morris College in Nagpur in 1902 and was a teacher in Kashibai Private School, Amravati in 1907. After taking his law degree from Calcutta University in 1907, he joined the bar in 1910 at Yavatmal, where he a built a lucrative practice. He used to attend courts for two weeks in a month and devout rest of the time to public work.[7] He wrote for the paper 'Harikishor'1910 and was prosecuted for writing against the British government and was punished with cancelation of his Sanad to practice law for 1 year. In 1911 he accompanied Bal Gangadhar Tilak when the latter campaigned in Vidarbha. Tilak was Aney's political guru, and Aney's politics was an application of Tilak's ideology.

Political Career & Social Life

1918- Aney Joined Home Rule League 1918- He founded Lokmat paper in Yavatmal, which was later acquired by Jawaharlal Darda in 1952 1921- He was elected President Vidarbha Pradesh Congress Committee, and joined the Civil Disobedience Movement. The British government cancelled his Sanad to practice law, which ended his legal practice. During the time he practiced, as he was frequently imprisoned, the lawyers from Yavatmal Bar to which he belonged would give him their briefs to argue, to enable him to earn his fees. So loved was he that his home in Yavatmal, which now houses The Loknayak Aney Mahila Mahavidyalaya, a women's college, was built from the contributions of the members of the Yavatmal bar. On 1.1.1922- became President of the Varhad unit of Swatantra Party of Pandit Motilal Nehru & Chitranjan Das. In 1923, Aney was elected to the Central Provinces Legislative Assembly Also in 1923 he established the Vidarbha Shitya Sangh. In 1924, Aney joined the Congress as Member, Congress Committee. In 1928 he was elected President Maharashtra Sahitya Sangh at its Gwalior convention. He established New English High School, Yeotmal (now Loknayak Bapuji Aney Vidyalaya, Yeotmal) in 1928. During 1928-29 Aney was Secretary of the Nehru Committee. Nehru Committee Report of 10 August 1928 was a memorandum outlining a proposed new dominion status for the constitution for India. It was prepared by a committee of the All Parties Conference chaired by Motilal Nehru with his son Jawaharlal Nehru acting as secretary. There were nine other members in this committee. The final report was signed by Motilal Nehru, Ali Imam, Tej Bahadur Sapru, Madhav Shrihari Aney, Mangal Singh, Shuaib Qureshi, Subhas Chandra Bose, and G. R. Pradhan. Shuaib Qureshi disagreed with some of the recommendations. On 28.4.1930, in expression of solidarity to Mahatma Gandhi's Salt Satyagraha, Aney resigned from the Legislative Assembly, and on 10.0.1930, took part in the Jungle Satyagraha at a forest outside Pusad (see below), where he was arrested with his associates. He was convicted for theft of forest product, and imprisoned for 6 months. After this incident, he was known as 'Loknayak'. From 1930 to 1942 he took part in 'Bharat Chodo' (Quit India Movement). He was made a Member, Congress working Committee in 1931. In 1933 he became President of the Indian National Congress. In 1938, Aney was appointed Vice Chancellor, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyappeeth. In 1941 he was appointed as Member on the Viceroy's Council under Lord Linlithgow, and was incharge of Overseas Indians & Commonwealth relations Portfolio. Aney, Sir Homi Mody and N.R.Sarkar, Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar and others resigned from the Viceroy's Counsel in support of Mahatma's fast unto death in 1942. From 1943 to 1947 Aney was India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. In 1948, when the Constituent Assembly was convened to frame India's Constitution, the Princely States of Central India nominated Loknayak Aney as their representative on the Constituent Assembly. In 1948, following Shri Jairamdas Daulatram who was governor from 15.8.1947 to 11.1.1948, Loknayak Aney became the Governor of Bihar. He was Governor from 12.1.1948 to 14.6.1952.He was so loved and respected, that one of the most important roads in Patna on which is The official residence of Bihar's Chief Minister is on the road named after Loknayak Aney. (The address is wrongly referred to as 1 Anne Marg instead of 1 Aney Marg). In 1952, while he was Governor, Loknayak Aney fell seriously ill from spinal Tiberculosis. He was completely bed-ridden and had to lie in a plaster cast for many months. He was moved from Patna to his brother-in-law's home Dr.Krishnaji Atmaram Nulkar's home in Sadashiv Peth, Pune. where Dr. Nulkar attended to Loknayak Aney's recovery which took over 4 years. Even in this bedridden condition, he performed the Vajapaya Yagna at Poona. During the period of his illness, Fazal Ali Commission was appointed for the First Reorganisation of States. Although bed-ridden, in 1954 Aney submitted a Memorandum to the Commission called 'Memorandum for Statehood for Vidarbha' which set out in great detail the case for statehood for Vidarbha, pointing out to its historical, geographic, socio-political and economic claim for the status of a State in the Indian Union. The Fazal Ali Commission recommended creation of the State of Vidarbha which would largely be the same as the existing State of C.P, which by then was called Madhya Pradesh, with Nagpur as its capital. The recommendation was accepted by the Union Home ministry. However, when formation of states were announced on 1.11.1956, Vidarbha was not created. This led to a popular uprising for Vidarbha state, which was headed by Loknayak Aney and Brijlal Biyani, who formed the Nag Vidarbha Andolan Samiti. After recovering from his prolonged illness, Loknayak Aney won the 1959 bye-election to Nagpur Parliamentary seat to the 2nd Lok Sabha on a Congress ticket. However, in the 1962 general election, he refused to contest on the Congress ticket and fought as a Nag Vidarbha Andolan Samiti candidate and won Nagpur Parliamentary seat with 1,31,740 votes defeating Shri Rikhabchand Sharma (Congress) with 84,870 votes. Pandit Nehru who had visited Nagpur to campaign for the Congress candidate Shri Sharma refused to speak against Loknayak Aney at the public meeting organised for the candidate. From 1959 to 1966 Loknayak Aney sat as Member of the 3rd Loksabha. In 1967 he lost the Nagpur seat to N.R.Deoghare (Congress) with 1,29736, followed by A. Bhardhan (CPI) with 97,767 and Aney with 54,049 votes

Forest Satyagraha

The forest law was defied in Berar as in other parts of the country. Moreshwar Vasudeo Abhyankar and Wamanrao Joshi were arrested for their protests. On 10 July 1930, Bapuji Aney took over the leadership to inaugurate the "Forest Satyagraha". With the party of volunteers he cut grass from the reserved forests at Pusad at Yavatmal and was arrested. He was charged with the offence of 'Theft' under Section 379 and was convicted. At the same time other leaders of the Berar such as Brijlal Biyani, Gole, Patwardhan and Soman were also arrested. With this the Satyagraha started spreading in all the parts of the state of C.P. & Berar. The Gond and other Adivasi tribals too participated in thousands in the Satyagraha.[8] Aney underwent six months imprisonment and thereafter he was known as "Loknayak Aney."

Positions held

During British Raj

In 1923, he was nominated to the Central Legislative Assembly as the representative of Berar Division. During 1941–1943, he was a member of the Viceroy's Executive Council responsible for Indians Overseas and Commonwealth Relations. He resigned in 1943, when the British Indian government refused to release Mahatma Gandhi, while he was on fast. He was the High Commissioner to Ceylon from 1943 to July 1947. He joined the Constituent Assembly in 1947.[9]

After Independence of India

After Indian independence, Dr. Aney was the Governor of Bihar from 12 January 1948 to 14 June 1952.[10] He was also a member of the 3rd Lok Sabha from 1962 to 1967, representing Nagpur constituency.


He died on 26 January 1968 evening from a severe heart attack.[11]



Bapuji Aney married to Yamuna Bai in 1898 and had two sons and two daughters. Yamuna Bai died in 1925.[5] His eldest son Dattatraya was District Judge, and retired as Secretary, Maharashtra Legislature. His youngest son Ganesh retired as Director Personnel, TISCO, Jamshedpur.His grandson Shreehari Aney was the former Advocate General of Maharashtra.His second grandson Mahesh Aney is a cinematographer who received the President's Award for 'Swades' as best Cinematographer.[12]


Aney Marg, the street on which the chief minister of Bihar's residence is located, is named after him.[13]


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  2. ^ S. Shabbir (2005). History of Educational Development in Vidarbha, 1882-1923 A.D. Northern Book Centre. p. 287. ISBN 9788172111878.
  3. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India, Volume 95. Bennett, Coleman & Company, Limited, at the Times of India Press. 1974. p. 31.
  4. ^ Rao 1991, p. 88.
  5. ^ a b Sinha 1996, p. 119.
  6. ^ Cashman, Richard I. (1975). The Myth of the Lokamanya: Tilak and Mass Politics in Maharashtra. University of California Press. p. 190. ISBN 9780520024076.
  7. ^ Rao 1991, p. 89.
  8. ^ Maharashtra State Gazetteers: Yeotmal. Gazetteers Dept Director of Government Printing, Stationery and Publications, Maharashtra State. 1974. p. 162.
  9. ^ Rajeswar Rao, P. (1991). The Great Indian Patriots. Vol. I. New Delhi: Mittal Publications. pp. 88–92. ISBN 81-7099-280-X.
  10. ^ "Previous Governors". Government of Bihar website. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  11. ^ Lokrajya, Volume 36. Directorate-General of Information and Public Relations. 1980. A Page From Shri K. S. Kelkar's Diary 26TH JANUARY 1968 oknayak Bapuji Aney was honoured with the insignia of Padma Vibhushan. our hearty congratulations, the same evening we were shocked to learn that he was dead, following a heart attack.
  12. ^ "Ex-AG Shrihari Aney sends letter in blood to PM demanding Vidarbha state". Economic Times. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  13. ^ Verma, Nalin (23 November 2010). "The Telegraph – Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | The Anne that never was". Telegraphindia.com. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2013.


Government offices Preceded byJairamdas Daulatram Governor of Bihar 12 January 1948 – 14 June 1952 Succeeded byR. R. Diwakar