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Pandharinath Waman Ghanekar

Satara, Maharashtra

May 22, 2023 to May 22, 2024

Pandharinath Waman Ghanekar hailed from Satara, a region that was known for its active participation in the freedom struggle. During the civil disobedience movement, Ghanekar was one of the many protesters who took part in various activities to challenge the British Raj. His fearless activism and tireless efforts to spread the message of Indian independence made him a thorn in the side of the colonial authorities. As a result of his activities, Ghanekar was arrested and sent to Yerwada prison. However, his spirit remained unbroken, and he continued to resist the British even from behind bars. When he was released on the condition of reporting himself to the local police station, he refused to do so. This act of defiance earned him a one-year sentence of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of one hundred rupees. Despite being offered the opportunity to have his sentence dissolved if he severed his contacts with the civil disobedience movement, Ghanekar refused to betray the cause he believed in.

Pandharinath Waman Ghanekar, hailing from Satara, actively engaged in the Indian freedom struggle, contributing to the civil disobedience movement. Despite facing arrest, imprisonment, and a fine, Ghanekar remained resolute in his dedication to the cause of Indian independence, refusing to renounce his involvement in the civil disobedience movement.