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Ganpatrao Yashwantrao Patil

Kolhapur, Maharashtra

May 22, 2023 to May 22, 2024

Ganpatrao Yashwantrao Patil was a participant in the Indian independence movement, born in Kolhapur but mostly active in Poona.

In 1932, he declared himself the 43rd dictator of the Poona City Congress Committee. Patil took part in the civil disobedience movement and engaged in actions such as reading Congress bulletins near Shaniwar Wada. He also participated in the Salt Satyagraha movement by distributing packets of contraband salt. Patil attended the Poona district political conference as a delegate, advocating for people's rights and independence. Consequently, he received a six-month prison sentence and a fine of thirty rupees under the criminal law amendment act. Despite this, Patil remained committed to the cause of Indian independence.

In summary, Ganpatrao Yashwantrao Patil was involved in the Indian independence movement, particularly in Poona. His activities included participation in the civil disobedience movement, serving in the Poona City Congress Committee, and engaging in actions during the Salt Satyagraha. Patil faced imprisonment for his actions but remained committed to the cause of Indian independence. His contributions, along with those of many others, played a role in shaping the nation's history.