gfiles magazine

January 11, 2016

Making of a mass leader

“I had my first brush with administration when I was barely three days old, cradled in the arms of my mother.  Sharadabai Govindrao Pawar had a meeting to attend at the Pune Local Board, of which she was a member, on 15 December 1940.  Although she had delivered a baby boy just three days earlier, she was not one to miss her call of duty.”
These three opening sentences of the book sum up the entire life of the man. Born to a woman of tremendous force and fortitude, he grew up in the hustle and bustle of a highly charged peasant political family in an out-of-the-way village. Early experiences of dealing with all sorts of people and exposure to ideological crosscurrents drive the grown-up man at a very early age into active politics, which becomes his absorbing destiny.

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