Our Inspirations - Late Rambhau Mhalgi

Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP), the training and research institute that focuses on developing the human capital and management capabilities, with the backdrop of age-old Indian values, takes its inspiration from Late Rambhau Mhalgi, former Member of Indian Parliament and an outstanding representative of people. As we all know, the success of democracy depends upon the dedication and efficiency of elected representatives.

Ramchandra Mhalgi (later called Rambhau) was born on 9 July 1921 in a well-do-do agricultural family in Pune district in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The 4th child of Kashinathpant and Sarasvatibai, Ramchandra lost his mother at the age of 11. After passing the vernacular final exam in school, he joined the Sarasvati Mandir School in Pune and passing 3 standards in one academic year, cleared the matriculation exam in first class in 1939. Ramchandra's contact with RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) dates back to his school days. After matriculation, instead of staying back for further studies, he went to Kerala, as 'Rambhau' an RSS pracharak (full time social worker). Later, he returned to Pune for graduation. But responding to the wish of the second RSS Chief (Sarsanghchalak) - Golwalkar Guruji.

When RSS was banned in 1948, Rambhau went underground and continued the movement against injustice. After the ban was lifted, he went back to Pune, where he bagged both the degrees of LLB and MA and cleared the bar council exam. He was entrusted the responsibility of ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad: the student wing of RSS) and later that of Jan Sangh (the then political wing of RSS) and took up the responsibility as executive officer of the party in Maharashtra. With his leadership, creativity and practicality, he set up various fronts, trying to reach out to people from different walks of life. He helped create awareness about the merger of Jammu and Kashmir with India. While, the party kept growing, he got married to a teacher - Manu Ghanekar. He beautifully balanced his personal, professional and political lives.