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Raghunath Bapurao Talegoankar

Pune, Maharashtra

May 22, 2023 to May 22, 2024

Raghunath Bapurao Talegoankar, a Congress Socialist from Pune, left a significant mark in India’s political, social, and cultural changes during the 1930s and 1940s.

The period was marked by an intensification of the freedom struggle movement throughout the country, led by the Indian National Congress under Gandhi's leadership, through nonviolent protests and civil disobedience. Talegoankar publicly displayed his dissent from the British Government and supported nationalist leaders for his country's freedom by offering Satyagraha in Pune City in 1936. He was convicted and fined by the Additional City Magistrate, but he refused to pay the fine and was sentenced to court imprisonment. Talegoankar had previously been imprisoned for his speeches against the Simon Commission reports or white papers at Wai, Karad, which were considered objectionable. He was sentenced to six months of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of a hundred rupees hundred under section 17(1) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, a tool used by the British Government to stifle political opposition from Indians. Talegoankar's involvement in the Quit India Movement in the first half of the 1940s resulted in his detention in Yerwada central prison on 20 October 1943. Talegoankar's activism throughout the 1930s and 1940s demonstrate his courage, willingness to pay any price for his beliefs, and determination to fight for independence. However, there is a lack of information available concerning Talegoankar's background.

Raghunath Bapurao Talegoankar, a Congress Socialist from Pune, actively participated in the freedom struggle during the 1930s and 1940s, facing legal consequences and imprisonment for his dissent against British rule.