Gopal Krishna Gokhale was an Indian freedom fighter. He is widely remembered as the mentor of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi. He was revered for his perfect simplistic speeches. Gokhale was also the first leader to walk out from British Legislative Council. Undoubtedly, he played a vital role in Indian National Movement. Majorly during his active years in Congress Party. Unfortunately, he could not witness India gaining Independence.
Gopalakrishna Gokhale was born on 9 May 1866 in a poor family in Ratnagiri’s Kotluk village. Death of father at an early age made Gopalkrishna tolerant and hard-working since childhood. However the subjugation of the country used to hurt Gopalakrishna. Overwhelming patriotism always flowed in his inner self. As a result he worked under the trinity of true dedication, loyalty and duty. Gokhale continued to strive for freedom from British oppression. Gokhale used to teach in the New English School of Pune. Here he came in contact with another firebrand Nationalist leader of Congress. Balgangadhar Tilak.
Gokhale joined the Deccan Education Society at Ferguson College as a professor of English in 1886. Mahatma Govind Ranade highly influenced Gokhale here. He later became the secretary of the Sarvajanik Sabha Poona. After that he actively worked with the Congress Party in 1890. He was elected to the Bombay Legislative Assembly in 1899 and in the Imperial Legislative Council in 1902. He even went to Africa and met Gandhiji there. Gokhale’s speciality was his simplistic character, intellectual ability and long-term selfless service to the country. He was the founder and president of the Servants of India Society. When Mahatma Gandhi came back to India from South Africa. Gokhale advised him to travel across India. To understand the condition of common people.
Walk out from British Legislative Council
Legislative council proposed a bill to abolish land rights of farmers. Founding member and former president of Congress Firoz Shah Mehta rejected the bill. Mehta said, British rule is becoming a father who deliberately forces a mother to keep her children alive in poverty. While he himself is enjoying a luxurious lifestyle.
The government grew adamant on passing the bill on the strength of majority. Consequently, Gokhale, Mehta and other members walked out of the House. It was unprecedented.
On 19 February 1915, Gopal Krishna Gokhale left this world forever. Passing the bastion to another emerging leader, Mahatma Gandhi