30 JUNE DADABHAI NAOROJI (1825 TO 1917)
Born on 04 September 1825 into a Parsi family, Dadabhai Naoroji was a staunch Indian Nationalist who played a leading role in the freedom movement in India. Popularly known as the ‘Grand Old Man of India’, Naoroji was the first Indian to become a member of the British Parliament. It was through his articles and speeches that he highlighted the exploitation of India by the British. He thus set the foundation for the Indian Nationalist Movement. Gandhiji’s words, “The story of a life so noble and yet so simple needs no introduction from me or anybody else. May it be an inspiration to the readers even as Dadabhai living was to me. And so Dadabhai became real DADA to me”, sums up Naoroji’s role in India’s Freedom Struggle. He passed away on 30 June 1917.
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