Vitthal Laxman Phadke
Other namesMamasaheb Phadke
OccupationSocial worker
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Vitthal Laxman Phadke, better known as Mamasaheb Phadke, was an Indian social worker, writer and Gandhian, known for his sanitation services to the rural areas in British India.[1] He was one among the leaders of the Sanitation Brigade, comprising 1200 volunteers, set up by the 1938 Haripura session of the Indian National Congress.[2] The Government of India awarded him its third-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 1969, for his contributions to society.[3]

Phadke wrote an autobiography, Mari Jeevan Katha (The Story of My Life), published by Navajivan Trust, a publishing house founded by Mahatma Gandhi.[4]


  1. ^ Bindeshwar Pathak (1999). Road to Freedom: A Sociological Study on the Abolition of Scavenging in India. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. p. 254. ISBN 9788120812581.
  2. ^ The Selected Works of Subhash Chandra Bose: 1936-1946, Volume 3. Atlantic Publishers. 1992. p. 232. ISBN 9788171563197.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ Mamasaheb Phadke (2009). Mari Jeevan Katha. Navajivan Trust. p. 215. ISBN 978-8172293963.