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moderate nationalist  views and his  special efforts  to awaken
            Indians and get rid of the irrational customs and traditions.
            But my father, who was a leading lawyer had special respect
            for  Lokmanya’s  outstanding  sacrifice  and  radical patriotism.
            My mother was a fan of Lokmanya, and she had adopted the
            principle  of Swadeshi in managing  all purchase transactions
            and finances of our household.
               I had a strong determination to study in Fergusson College
            (which  was founded  by  Lokmanya) and had an ambition  to
            join  Fergusson,  as a professor, without  having temptation  of
            job- prospects in distinguished posts of an officer in government
            establishments, or high salaried jobs in industrial and business
            houses.  According to  my  goal, I had  the  fortune  of  joining
            Fergusson  College and serve for the cause of academic
            excellence with a spirit of missionary sacrifice and adherence
            to idealistic ethical values.
               In 1970s,  when  I joined  Fergusson  College,  I had the
            opportunity to edit, ‘Artha’ magazine, which was founded by
            the  great economist  and adviser  to  the  Gwalior State  Prof.
            V. G. Kale and who also happened  to be the first  professor
            of  economics  in  Fergusson  College.  Prof.  Kale’s  goodwill  in
            Maharashtra had a great influence because he had founded the
            ‘Mahratta Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ organised by
            Tilak’s followers like A. R. Bhat, V. M. Deval, S.L. Kirloskar
            and more. No wonder, at the initial starting year itself, ‘Artha’
            of which I had become the editor and sponsored by my friend
            Subhash Barve reached a subscription of over 400 members! It
            was circulated in the nooks and corners of Maharashtra’s cities,
            towns, villages and in remote and backward regions of Konkan,
            Marathwada, Vidarbha and North Maharashtra.
               Before editing  Artha,  I had carefully studied  Lokmanya’s
            editorials and special articles and had made efforts to acquire
            the  skill  of writing  lucid,  easy,  and precise  Marathi,  which
            had the  ability  of communicating  to the  common man and
            elitist/ enlightened gentry, both, the diagnosis of contemporary
            economic problems and happenings  and spread general
            economic awareness among the Marathi readers of ‘Artha’.

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