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Dr. G.V. Deshmukh

Bombay, Maharashtra

June 30, 2022

Dr. G.V. Deshmukh or Dr. Gopalrao Deshmukh (birth date and information on early life not available) was a candidate for the University Constituency in the Bombay Legislative Council and was elected to the council. Owing to the Dyarchy introduced in the Bombay presidency In the early 1920s, Bombay university was given a representation in the Bombay Legislative council. Dr. Deshmukh emerged as one of the first and most important voices for the Bombay university teaching staff. He contested from the Bombay University constituency seat in the Bombay Legislative council. During his campaign, he derided the Bombay University Constitution calling it a mockery. The major objective of his campaign, Deshmukh declared, was the necessity of a drastic change in the defective University Constitution as it allowed a hundred percent nomination but only ten percent election. Professors in his view were proactive political thinkers and it was unjust to keep their chances of getting elected to the council, to only ten percent. He also promised to bring about a change in the educational era and was later known to justify his promises as an elected leader in the council. While in power Deshmukh professed the Congress’s ideology for he believed in a unified front to fight the English bureaucracy. His voicing the demand of the graduates of Bombay University, to cast their vote after graduation, was an exemplary toil of an educationist. Thus, Dr. G. V. Deshmukh, a professor, and an educationist is an inspiration for people who lived for the cause of the generations to come. Abstruseness over his last days keeps us unaware of how and when he died.