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Ganpat Pawar

Nanded, Maharashtra

July 10, 2024 to July 10, 2026

Ganpat Pawar was born in 1927 in Pacharad, a village in Maharashtra's Nanded district. Raised by his father, Bapurao Pawar, Ganpat received primary education and worked as a farmer. During the political upheaval of the 1940s, he became deeply involved in the movement to merge Hyderabad State with the Indian Union.

In September 1947, despite India's independence, Hyderabad remained under the control of the Nizam and his private militia, the Razakars, who opposed integration with India. Ganpat Pawar, driven by patriotic fervor, decided to defy this regime by hoisting the Indian national flag in his village—a symbolic act of defiance.

This brave act cost him his life. The Razakars, determined to crush any resistance, opened fire on the group, killing Ganpat and three others. Ganpat Pawar's sacrifice became a poignant chapter in the struggle for India's unity, epitomizing the courage and resilience of countless unsung heroes who laid down their lives for the nation's freedom.

Details are mentioned in ‘Who’s Who of Indian Martyrs’, Volume II, (Page No. 242), published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Govt. of India.

Source: Md Ziauddin, Contributor for CCRT.