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Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi-An Educationalist And Reformer

Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi is one among other political dissidents who put forth constant attempts for the freedom of our country. He was born on 30th December 1887 in Gujarat. He completed his schooling at Khan Bahadur Dalal School. K.M. Munshi was greatly inspired by the viewpoints of Aurobindo Ghosh who was a teacher at his college. In the year 1907, he moved to Bombay to provide legal counsel and to finish his L.L.B and B.A assessments. Besides getting his degree, Kanaiyalal also wrote numerous novels and fictional stories. K.M. Munshi became a successful lawyer and received cases from throughout India.

During World War I, Munshi was positively affected by the Home Rule Movement. In 1912-13, he took part in the exercises of the Social Reform Association and supported the reason for widow remarriage. K.M. Munshi was prisoned for his involvement in the Salt Satyagraha but after being bailed joined the Bombay Legislative Council and became the Home Minister in the first Congress Government in 1934. Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshi was again arrested for his dynamic support in the Quit India Movement of 1942. Even after being arrested twice, K.M. Munshi did not lose his spirit of fighting for his country’s independence. Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi was also a strong supporter of education and contributed to spreading it. He was the President of the Panchgani Education Society. In 1938, Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, the incomparable Indian freedom fighter set up the lofty Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan foundation at Bombay, and filled in as the President of this establishment till his passing. Even after India became a free country K.M. Munshi played an important part in drafting the constitution and selected the flag of India. Being the Minister for Food & Agriculture in Nehru's cabinet, he started the Van Mahotsav to increase the forest area in India.

Munshi died on 8 February 1971 at the age of 83 in Bombay, India. Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi played a major part in the fight for the independence of our country. His non-violent means taught me that every struggle is not to be fought with war and violence, peaceful means can also help us win.

A quote by Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi that inspired and influenced me, “Patience is the highest offering and the Lord loves to receive it.”

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