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Devki Vallabh Dwivedi

Ajmer, Rajasthan

May 24, 2023 to May 24, 2024

Devki Vallabh Dwivedi possessed a truly remarkable personality, placing patriotism above even his own family. He drew immense inspiration from the influential figure of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, and his upbringing instilled in him a deep sense of love for the nation. To perpetuate this sentiment, he established a school called Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in Kekri, Ajmer, with the aim of inculcating love and patriotism in the younger generation. The school not only provided formal education but also nurtured a way of life dedicated to the service of the country, thereby empowering the freedom struggle.


Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, he actively participated in the "Quit India Movement" in August 1942. During his journey to jail as part of the movement, he was accompanied by Haribhau Upadhyay, Mukut Bihari Lal Bhargava, and Bal Krishna Kal. Together, they propagated the ideals of the "Quit India Movement" in Kekri and its surrounding areas. Owing to his active involvement in the movement against the British, he was once again imprisoned for a period of 11 months in Ajmer Central Jail, as decreed by the British authorities. Tragically, during this time, his elder son passed away.


Although granted a mere three-day parole, he was forced to endure the harsh torments of jail thereafter. However, Devki Vallabh Dwivedi refused to bow down to the oppressive policies of the British. He remained resolute, standing tall and unwavering in his principles.


He also established Arya Samaj in the Kekri area.

He was honoured with a copper plate by both the central and state governments. He died on 4 April 2011, with state honour.


Source: Dr. Chetna Upadhyay, Contributor for CCRT