Dadabhai Naoroji

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Dadabhai Naoroji
दादाभाई नौरोजी
Dadabhai Naoroji c. 1889
Member of Parliament
for Finsbury Central
In office
Preceded byFrederick Thomas Penton
Succeeded byWilliam Frederick Barton Massey-Mainwaring
Personal details
Born(1825-09-04)4 September 1825
Navsari, Bombay Presidency, British India(present-day Gujarat, India)
Died(1917-06-30)30 June 1917 (aged 93)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (present- day Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
Political partyLiberal
Other political
Indian National Congress
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai
ProfessionAcademician, politician
CommitteesLegislative Council of Mumbai

Dadabhai Naoroji (4 September 1825 – 30 June 1917), was a Parsi intellectual, educator, cotton trader, and an Indian political and social leader. He was known as the Grand Old Man of India. Naoroji was the first Indian to be a British MP,[1][2] He was a Liberal Party member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons between 1892 and 1895. He began the Indian National Congress, along with A.O. Hume and Dinshaw Edulji Wacha. He wrote a book, Poverty and Un-British Rule in India,[2] about how India's wealth was being sent to Britain. He was also a member of the Second International along with Kautsky and Plekhanov .

In 2014, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg began the Dadabhai Naoroji Awards for services to UK-India relations.[3]

India Post dedicated stamps to Naoroji in 1963, 1997 and 2017.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Mukherjee, Sumita. "'Narrow-majority' and 'Bow-and-agree': Public Attitudes Towards the Elections of the First Asian MPs in Britain, Dadabhai Naoroji and Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree, 1885–1906" (PDF). Journal of the Oxford University History Society (2 (Michaelmas 2004)).[permanent dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Naoroji, Dadabhai" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 167.
  3. "Dadabhai Naoroji Awards presented for the first time – GOV.UK". Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  4. "India Post Honors Dadabhai Naoroji With Stamp – Parsi Times". Parsi Times. 6 January 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  5. "India Post Issued Stamp on Dadabhai Naoroji". Phila-Mirror. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2018.