Karsandas Mulji

Karsandas Mulji

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  • Name:
  • Karsandas Mulji
  • Died:
  • August 28, 1875

Karsandas Mulji Biography

Karsandas Mulji was a writer and social reformer from Gujarat who lived during the period, 25 July 1832 – 28 August 1875. He was also a journalist by profession. As a social reformer he supported social reforms such as widow remarriage for which he faced wrath from his family and the society where he was living. In the 19th century, widow remarriage was not appreciated among majority of Indian Hindu communities.  He was one of the leading reformers of Kapol Bania case. He died at Kathiawar on 28 August 1875, aged only 43.


Karsandas Mulji was born on 25 July 1832 into a family of Bhatias, a trading caste of western India. He was educated at the prestigious Elphinstone Institution. He was an activist who participated in the activities of Buddhivardhak Hindu Sabha, and also managed its school dedicated to girls. He was also a journalist who authored many columns for Gujarati magazine, Rast Goftar. In 1855 he started a newspaper named Satyaprakash, which targeted Hindus belonging to orthodox groups. For exposing Vallabhacharya Scandal, he turned famous but a libel case was registed against him. He won Maharaj Libel Case in 1862, which was brought against him in the High Court at Bombay.


Once he visited England in connection with the cotton trade and business, but his visit was not successful. Once returned he faced wrath from his own trading community. In 1871 he was appointed as a native administrator of Kathiawar (special assistant to the political agent), and during his tenure as chief he died in 1975 aged only 43. Uttam Kapol Karsandas Mulji Charitra (1877) is a biography about Karsandas Mulji authored by Mahipatram Rupram Nilkanth.

Published: January 10, 2019

Updated: January 10, 2019

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