B. G. Kher

B. G. Kher

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B. G. Kher Profile

  • Name:
  • B. G. Kher
  • Other Name:
  • Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher
  • Born:
  • August 24, 1888
  • Died:
  • March 9, 1957

B. G. Kher Biography

Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher, also known as B. G. Kher was the first chief minister (then called prime minister) of Bombay State. He was one among the first recipients of Padma Vibhushan, second highest civilian honour of India. He shared this unique record with great Indian names - Satyendra Nath Bose, Nand Lal Bose, Zakir Hussain, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and V. K. Krishna Menon in the year 1954. He was a lawyer, solicitor, politician and social worker by choice who was fondly called “Sajjan”. He was also known as an accomplished orator and scholar.

 

Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher was born on August 24, 1888 at Ratnagiri of present Maharashtra state. His boyhood days were spent at Kundgol in the then Jamkhandi State. With the instance of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, he moved to Pune to study at the New English School. He completed graduation from from the Wilson College in the year 1908 with high distinction. He also received the Bhau Daji Lad prize for standing first in Sanskrit. Along with Mr. Manilal Nanavati, he started a law firm called Manilal Kher & Co and commenced practice on 7 June 1918.

 

His political career began in the year 1922. He was chosen as the Secretary of the Mumbai branch of the Swaraj Party. During the Civil disobedience movement he was arrested and sentenced to eight months' rigorous imprisonment and fine in 1930. Two years later, he was arrested once again and sentenced to   two years rigorous imprisonment and fine. He became the first prime minister of Bombay Provinces in the year 1937 and continued in office till October, 1939. He got arrested in the year 1940. For his active participation in Quit India Movement too, he was imprisoned. He was released in 1944. He again became prime minister of Bombay province on March 30, 1946. He was instrumental in the establishment of Pune University.

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Updated: January 21, 2014

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