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G.V. MAVALANKAR

G.V. MAVALANKAR

A tireless patriot, reputed social worker, renowned educationist and writer, Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar was popularly and affectionately called 'Dada Saheb'.  He was the Speaker of the Bombay Legislative Assembly (1937-46) and the President of the Central Legislative Assembly (1946-47).  Subsequently, he was the Speaker of the Constituent Assembly (Legislative) and the Provisional Parliament (1947-52) and the First Lok Sabha (1952-56).  Acknowledged as the "Father of Lok Sabha", he occupies a very distinguished and honoured place in the history of parliamentary democracy and evolution of parliamentary institutions and procedures in the country He was very vigilant about the rights of the members of all parties and groups represented in the House.  During his lifetime, he administered numerous trusts, the chief among them being the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and the Kasturba Memorial Fund.

The portrait, painted by Mahadeva Satwalekar, was unveiled by the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 7 September 1956.

The portrait was donated by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.,