Shankar alias Dadasaheb Potnis
Dadasaheb Potnis was a very respected and well-known figure not only in Nashik, but in Maharashtra. As is evident from his bio-data , he had made impressions in political,social, cultural,religious fields of human life. A staunch believer in Mahatma Gandhiji and his philosophy, he has devoted his life for the upliftment of the society. His contribution to Journalism was significant and so is it in the overall development of the economic and social life. He is the pioneer in promoting schools, bank,co-operative bank,co-operative sugar factory, and consumer society. Very rarely found virtue in him is detachment. Once he realised that the establishments are able to take care of themselves, he kept himself away from them and took upanother challenge.
Born on 22 November 1909
at Wai (Dist. Satara), he had his primary and high school education in
Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya of Pune and after matriculation in S.P. College
of Pune.From studentís life, he had inclination for social work . Those
were the days of the National Movement of Freedom against the rule of British.
While studying in B.A. class, he left college and started working for the
Congress Party. He suffered imprisonment five different times.
His political career started in 1930 . He was imprisoned for 45 days in Nashik Jail at Raviwar Karanja.In 1931 he founded Satyagrah Ashram at Baglan in Nashik District. He was active as underground worker in 1932 in Nashik District. He held the position of Nashik District Congress Secretary for many years. He was associated with the social worker- Vinoba Bhave in 1934. He worked as an organizer and election propagandist for Congress party. He was the member of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress for many years. For the All India Congress Conference held in 1950 at Nashik, he worked as Publicity Chief and Member of Welcome Committee.
He started the daily newspaper
"Gavkari" in 1938. Since then he was the Chief Editor of Gavkari.
He was involved in the Seva Dal work in 1936. He was the District Seva Dal Chief upto 1942. In fact he was the promoter of the Seva Dal movement in Nashik city and Nashik district. Influenced by the invitation of Mahatma Gandhi, he left college and devoted himself to the National interest. He founded Gramseva Samiti in Baglan Taluka. In 1932 Gramseva Samiti was banned by British Government and all the workers of Samiti were arrested and imprisoned. He was also a member of Gandhi Seva Sangh founded by Mahatma Gandhi for six years.
He has taken lead in opening
30 primary schools in Malegaon and Baglan Talukas and founded
He has been closely associated with many cultural associations of Nashik. He was the President of "Lokhitwadi Mandal " for 11 years . For beautifying Nashik City, he founded "Vanrai Mitra Mandal" of which he is working as President.
Industries, Economomy and Commerce
His work in Economic field is also substantial. He founded Village Industries Organizations and was the Chief Promoter and Chairman of Federation for many years. He founded District Milk co-operative Society. Government Milk Scheme Nashik is the outcome of his efforts. He organized many conferences to promote commerce and industries at Nashik. In 1958 he founded Nashik Merchants Co-operative Bank and worked as Chief Promoter, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of this bank.
In 1960-62 he worked hard
to develop Nashik Industrial Area. Central Co-operative Consumer
Society in Nashik City was established in 1965 on his lead. He worked there
as Chairman for 2 years. He was the chief promoter of the Nashik Co-operative
Sugar factory at Nashik, where he worked as Chairman for many years.
Work in religious field
He supported the renovation of Ramdas Temple at Takli and was the President of Takli Devsthan. He worked for the development of Hanuman Janma Sthan at Anjaneri and founded Hanuman Janma Sthan Vikas Samiti. He was the President of "Sant Vichar Bharati Sanstha" at Nashik. He founded the Sanstha to promote secularism (Sarva Dharma Sam Bhav)
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