Ten amazing facts about Jyotirao Phule
- Jyoitirao Phule was born on 11 April 1827 in Satara, Maharastra to Govindrao Phule and Chimnabai.
- He was greatly influenced by Thomas Paine’s ideas and had read with great interest Paine’s famous book ‘The Rights of Man’.
- Phule realized the importance of education and felt that the society will remain in darkness if each and every individual doesn’t get a proper education.
- Jotiba Phule had taught his wife and started schools for the untouchables by the age of 22! In 1849, when he was 22 years old, he left the home with the wife because of the oath taken to educate the Shudras.
- By the age of 22, he was very well known not only throughout Pune but also in London
- In 1848, he gave a shape to his aspirations and started the first ever school for girls.
- Phule strongly opposed untouchability. He and his wife always open-heartedly welcomed the so-called lower caste people. This made the people of their own caste angry, but it never bothered them.
- Brahmins did attempt to kill Mahatma Jyotirao Phule in 1856 because Brahmins didn’t want that Phule educates Bahujans.
- On 11th May 1888, Jyotiba Phule was bestowed title ‘Mahatma’ at “Mumbai Deshasth Maratha Dnyati Dharma Sanstha” in Mumbai.
- In July 1888, he suffered a paralytic stroke. He suffered from ill health for the next couple of years and died in November 1890, surrounded by family and friends.
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