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Biography: V.R. Huilgol

After the fall of the Peshwas an ancestor of Mr. Huilgol was appointed a settlement commissioner to the British Government. His service was amply rewarded by a Jahagir in Dharwar District. His worthy descendant unfurled the standard revolt against the Government they tried to confiscate the Jahangir but could not. The threat was shelved in the Secretariat pigeon holes.

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V. R. Huilgol
V. R. Huilgol

Mr. Huilgol was born at Dharwar, June 6th, 1885. He received his early education at Gadur. He was more interested in sports than in studies. The writings of Tilak aroused his slumbering political consciousness. In the Bengal partition days he took an active part in organizing student meetings.

In 1906 he joined the Elphinstone College. There he held a scholarship. In 1907 he joined the Medical College where he was deprived of the scholarship on the Civil Disobedience report. In 1915 he took the M.B.B.S. degree and setup his practice at Dharwar. In 1915 he made elaborate arrangements for a lecture of Tilak. The Magistrate served a prohibitory order on the Lokamanya Tilak came on the dias and said that there was no prohibition to accept pan-supari and give a reply to it. Thus he non-plussed the authorities. On that evening the foundation of Mr. Huilgol's public career was laid.

In 1930 he participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement, and was twice imprisoned. Since ten years he is the President of the Local Taluka Congress Committee and also the treasurer of the K.P.C.C. the spinning wheel and the billiard table are his favorite hobbies.

His passion for service is vivid and stimulating. He ranks among the political workers of the first magnitude in Karnatak.

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938

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