I convey my heartfelt tribute to Madan Mohan Malaviya on his 154th Birth Anniversary. He was an Indian educationist and politician notable for his role in the Indian independence movement and his espousal of Hindu nationalism. He was respectfully addressed as Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and also addressed as ‘Mahamana’.
Malaviya is most remembered as the founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Varanasi in 1915, the largest residential university in Asia and one of the largest in the world, having over 12,000 students across arts, sciences, engineering and technology. Malaviya was Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University from 1919–1938.
Malaviya was the President of the Indian National Congress on four occasions (1909 & 1913,1919,1932) he left congress in 1934 and also one of the initial leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha.
Malviya was one of the founders of Scouting in India. He also founded a highly influential, English-newspaper, The Leader published from Allahabad in 1909. He was also the Chairman of Hindustan Times from 1924 to 1946. His efforts resulted in the launch of its Hindi edition in 1936.
Malaviya was posthumously conferred with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, on 24 December 2014, a day before his 153rd Birth Anniversary.

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