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Janardan Shridhar Jamadagni

Satara, Maharashtra

May 22, 2023 to May 22, 2024

Janardan Shridhar Jamadagni, a member of the Satara district Congress, actively participated in the civil disobedience movement against British rule in India. Born in Kolhapur, he was merely 19 years old when he received a sentence of 6 months of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 25 under section 17(1) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act on December 13, 1932.

Jamadagni's involvement in the civil disobedience movement extended beyond mere protests and rallies. On the aforementioned date, he took the unprecedented step of declaring himself the dictator of the Satara district Congress committee. This audacious act caught the attention and led to his sentencing under section 18(1) of the Emergency Press Act. Additionally, Jamadagni played a role in disseminating Congress cyclostyled bulletins in Mansur, further contributing to the freedom movement.

His dedication and commitment to the cause of Indian independence were notable, serving as an inspiration to numerous young individuals across the country. Despite the repercussions he faced, Jamadagni remained resolute in his pursuit of Indian independence, persevering in his efforts.