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Biography: Joachim Alwa

Mr. Joachim Alwa was born in  South Kanara on January 21st 1907, he was educated at the Jesuit College, Bombay. He was expelled from the St. Xaviers College for having moved a resolution at the Catholic Students Union urging to throw open its doors at its Annual Social Gatherings to students of other communities.

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Joachim Alwa
Joachim Alwa

He is a rhetorician. He won the gold medal in the All-India Rhetorical Contest held at Benaras. Mrs. Sarojini Naidu called him as Edmund Burke. He actively interested himself in organizing the Youth League and the "No-Tax" campaign at Bardoli. In 1930 he founded the National Christian Party. He was appointed the 6th Dictator of the War Council. He was arrested and sentenced to two years and three months rigorous imprisonment.

He was elected the Secretary of the Bombay Students Brotherhood and was the first Indian Christian Secretary during its fifty years existence.

In the Nasik prison he wrote two books "Men and Supermen of Hindustan" and "Indian Christian and Nationalism". The manuscripts of both were confiscated.

Last year (1937) he married Miss Violet Hari, M.A. L.L.B, who is a professor of English at the St .Xaviers Indian Women's University College. She is assisting him in his Congress activities.

He inspires men by the fervor of his spirit. His intellectual powers are as remarkable as his political instinct.

 

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938

 

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