Narayan Sadoba Kajrolkar
Occupation(s)Social worker
Indian independence activist
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Narayan Sadoba Kajrolkar was an Indian independence activist, Gandhian and social worker, best known as the man who defeated B. R. Ambedkar in a general election.[1] A Marathi by birth, he served as a personal assistant to Ambedkar,[2] before contesting against him in the first Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai North Central constituency in 1952 and defeated the latter by over 15000 votes.[3] He was also elected from the same constituency for a second time in the 1962 elections.[4]

Narayan, who was born in the SC community, was a member of the first Backward Classes Commission of 1953, representing the Scheduled Caste communities.[5][6] He was also a member of the Dalit Varga Sangha, an organisation of the people of backward classes and served as the secretary of the committee when they decided to celebrate the birthday of Jagjivan Ram on 5 April 1953.[7] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1970, for his contributions to society.[8] He died in 1983.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "The first Lok Sabha elections (1951–52)". Indian Express. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. ^ "B. R. Ambedkar". Times of Maharashtra. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  3. ^ Akshaya Mukul (2015). Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India. HarperCollins Publishers India. p. 552. ISBN 9789351772316.
  4. ^ "Members of the Third Lok Sabha". Empowering India. 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. ^ Christophe Jaffrelot (2003). India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 505. ISBN 9781850656708.
  6. ^ Sankar Ghose (1993). Jawaharlal Nehru, a Biography. Allied Publishers. p. 353. ISBN 9788170233695.
  7. ^ Indrani Jagjivan Ram (2010). Milestones: A Memoir. Penguin Books India. p. 297. ISBN 9780670081875.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  9. ^ Lok Sabha, India. Parliament (2003). "Indian Parliamentary Companion: Who's who of Members of Lok Sabha".