Source: K.R. Khosla, The States, Estates and Who's Who in India & Burma (Lahore: The Imperial Publishing Co., 1942), 392

Raghunath Purushottam Paranjpe

Raghunath Purushottam Paranjpe was born in 1876 at Murdi. He was educated at the Maratha High School in Bombay and the Fergusson College in Poona before heading to England as a Government of India scholar, where he became the Bracketted Senior Wrangler at Cambridge in 1899.

In 1902, he was appointed the Principal and Professor of Mathematics at his alma mater, Fergusson College. Subsequently, he also served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Indian Women’s University from 1916-1920.

Aside from his work in the education sphere, he was also a member of the Bombay Legislative Council and served as the MInister of the Bombay Government from 1921 to 1923. In addition, he was a member of the Reforms Inquiry Committee in 1924, the Auxiliary and Territorial Forces Committee in 1924 and the Indian Taxation Inquiry Committee from 1924 to 1925. In 1916, he was elected to the Bombay Council to represent the University  and was re-elected in 1926. He became the Minister of Excise and Forests in 1929 and went on to become a member of the India Council in London from 1927 to 1932.

He was also actively involved in the social, political and educational movements in Bombay and was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind Gold medal in 1916.

In 1924, he was elected the President of the National Liberal Fderation and was re-elected again in 1939. Further, he was appointed the High Commissioner for India in Australia in 1944.

Sources: The Indian Year Book 1926, ed. Sir Stanley Reed and S.T. Sheppard (Bombay: Bennett, Coleman & Co., 1926), 820; Indian Who’s Who 1935, ed. Waman P. Kabadi (Bombay: 1935), 407; The Indian Yearbook 1945-46: Volume XXXII, ed. Sir Francis Low (Bombay and Calcutta: Bennett, Coleman & Co, 1945), 1179

 

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