Jyotirao Phule

Mahatma Jyotirao Govindrao Phule (11 April 1827 – 28 November 1890), also known as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule was an Indian activist, thinkersocial reformer, writer and theologist from Maharashtra. Jyotiba Phule and his wifeSavitribai Phule were pioneers of women's education in India. His work extended to many fields including education, agriculture, caste system, women and widow upliftment and removal of untouchability. He is most known for his efforts to educate women and the lower castes as well as the masses. He, after educating his wife, opened the first school for girls in India in August 1848.

 

In September 1873, Jyotirao, along with his followers, formed the Satya Shodhak Samaj (Society of Seekers of Truth) with the main objective of liberating the BahujansShudras and Ati-Shudras[clarification needed] and protecting them from exploitation and atrocities. For his fight to attain equal rights for peasants and the lower caste and his contributions to the field of education, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of the Social Reform Movement in Maharashtra. Dhananjay Keer, his biographer, notes him as "the father of Indian social revolution". Jyotirao Phule was among the intellectuals of India who tried hard for the upliftment of the Dalit community. He is often remembered for his anti-caste efforts and in the trio of Phule-Periyar-Ambedkar.

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