28 NOVEMBER JYOTIRAO PHULE (1827 to 1890)
Jyotirao Phule was born on 11 April 1827 in Pune, Maharashtra. He and his wife Savitribai Phule were pioneers of women’s education in India. His influence was evident during the dark ages when women were denied their rights. Jyotirao Phule is hailed even today as one of the most important figures of the ‘social revolution’ in Maharashtra. Besides being an activist, thinker, social reformer, writer, philosopher, theologist, scholar, editor, and revolutionary, he and his wife are also credited with opening the first girls’ school in India in August 1848. It is said that he was more an architect of ideas than a reformer. Jyotirao Phule passed away on 28 Nov 1890.
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