Pune, Jul 5: Education is the basic right of every girl, whether she comes from poor background or economically backward community, for which social reformers like Maharshi Karve fought and committed his life, asserted President Prathiba Patil on Saturday, July 5.
Speaking on the occassion of 150th birth anniversary of Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve here, she said that the social reformer sacrified his whole life for the betterment of the condition of women in the country. It has been due to the efforts of such people that women are making contribution in every walk of life at present.
Recalling the day when Karve was excommunicated from society after he married a widow, she said his decision to marry a widow was a taboo in that era but he stood by it and set an example, which is now accepted by the society at large today.
The President also talked briefly about Maharshi Karve's work in the fields of education, social reforms and uplift of the socially backward people.