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Paying tribute to India’s freedom fighters

Mahadev Vasudeo Watve

Satara, Maharashtra

May 22, 2023 to May 22, 2024

Mahadev Vasudeo Watve was a notable figure in the Indian freedom movement who belonged to the town of Wai. He was an active participant in the civil disobedience movement, which was a crucial phase of India's freedom struggle against British colonial rule.

During his involvement in various activities related to the movement, he was arrested and sent to Yerwada prison. However, a few days later, he was released on the condition that he would report himself to the local police station regularly. But Watve refused to comply with this condition, as he believed that it was a violation of his rights as a citizen. His refusal led to his sentencing to one year of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of one hundred rupees. Despite being offered a chance to have his sentence dissolved if he cut off his contacts with the civil disobedience movement, he refused to do so, as he was committed to the cause of India's independence.

Mahadev Vasudeo Watve, from Wai, actively participated in the civil disobedience movement during India's struggle for independence, facing arrest, imprisonment, and a fine for his refusal to comply with certain conditions imposed by the authorities.