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Mahadev Desai


Mahadev Desai


Name : Mahadev Desai
Date of birth : January 1, 1892
Date of Death : August 15, 1942
Place of birth : Gujarat

Mahadev Desai (1892 – 1942) was an Indian independence activist and nationalist writer, he was most famously known for being the personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi. Desai was a young lawyer in Ahmedabad when he decided to join Gandhi along with Narhari Parikh, Mohanlal Pandya and Ravi Shankar Vyas, and became his most devoted secretary for over 25 years, from 1917 to 1942. The four were the earliest supporters of Gandhi.Mahadev Desai was arrested with Gandhi during all the nationalist revolts. The chief period of interest is the time Gandhi was incarcerated in the Yeravda Jail near Pune, Maharashtra from 1931 to 1934. Desai wrote most of his important works on Gandhi during this period. He was arrested on the morning of August 9 after Gandhi's call to the British to Quit India and sent to the Aga Khan Palace for imprisonment. He died on August 15, 1942.

Desai was among the founding members of the All India Newspaper Editors' Conference. He also frequently contributed to various nationalist Indian newspapers such as Free Press, Bombay Chronicle, Hindustan Times, The Hindu and Amrita Bazar Patrika. His son Narayan Desai is also a non-violent activist.


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