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Biography: L.M. Patil

In the democratic age eloquence is embodied with politics. It places words with thoughts. It disowns genius if not endowed with abundance in speech with apparent sincerity.

By instinct and thorough study he possess political talent He mirrors public virtue, which is nothing but private virtue amplified in a cultivated mind to the proportions of the human race.

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L. M. Patil
L. M. Patil

He enjoys a political reputation above suspicion. A s minister he is the master of a situation and the master of public opinion. In him are seen united, the marvelous admixture, talents of the first order and a high patriotism.

Mr. L.M.Patil came into this world with a religious atmosphere. His father, a devoted Vaishnava infused into him a deep vein of religious feeling. He spent his childhood in burning incense before the plural Gods. He inherited from his father manly independence and a deep religious fervor.

As son as the child attained the age of reason the father died. He brought him up as much for religion as for life. In the school the lad showed bright promise. His yogic feats made him the cynosure of all eyes.

Left at the age of ten without any other guide but his father's memory, Mr.Patil devoted his time to the assiduous cultivation of his innate abilities. He won his recognition as a youth leader.

He was imbued with the patriotic speeches of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and the Independence Resolution had a profound affect on him. He chose his time, and furled his sails in the storm but he traveled through towards the fixed goals.

His talent and ability resulted in his early elevation. In 1932 he abandoned his studies and stepped into political fray. He carried on with unabated zeal propaganda work on Satara and the Ratnagiri Districts. The reactionary's forces fell beneath his attacks.

He gave up a fill into the youth movement in Maharashtra. He crushed the impalpable vanity of political weathercocks. The infallibility of his foresight was beyond his age. In appreciation of his services he was appointed the Third Director of Maharashtra.

Mr.Patil participated in the Jungle Satyagraha in Karod Taluka and was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment. He declined to be "B" class prisoner and entered the "c" class cell. He organized a strike in prison and the authorities were forced to accede to his demands.

A striking incident on record demonstrates his iron will. Prior to his participation in the Satyagraha he rolled up his sleeves and kept his hand on the burning stove. His hand was scorched but it drew no tear in his eye. The wound was healed but the scar still remains. Convinced of his capacity for suffering he joined the columns of the Non-Violence soldiers.

After his release he took up his L.L.B Degree and set up practice at Ahmednagar. He actively interested himself in all political activities. He presided over the Peasants Conference held at Vita. He was also elected as the President of the Ahmednagar Congress Committee. For sometime he edited the "Sangha Sakti" .It possessed in tone and color the characteristics, which constitutes an eminently readable journal.

Mr.Patil is the youngest Minister in the Kher Cabinet.. He is the baby of the team, but a formidable babe.

He has in his nature, a political conscience, which stimulates inflexibility, an ideal, which adorns the most austere maxims of patriotism, and a spirit which vibrates with heroic indignation against serfdom.

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938


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