Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed best wishes to writer and historian Baba Saheb Purandare on entering the 100th year of his life. Speaking at the celebration to mark the Centenary year of Baba Saheb’s life through video conferencing, Mr Modi said that Baba Saheb Purandare’s life exemplifies the exalted notion of active and mentally alert centenary life as expounded by our sages. He also noted the happy coincidence of his century falling in the 75th year of India’s independence. The Prime Minister highlighted Baba Saheb Purandre’s contribution in writing the history of the immortal souls of our History. He said, all of us will always be indebted to him for his sterling contribution of taking the life and history of Shivaji Maharaj to people.
The Prime Minister dwelled at length on the glorious personality of Shivaji Maharaj. He said, Shivaji Maharaj is not only a colossus of Indian history, he also impacted the present Indian geography. Mr Modi said, a massive question of our past, present and future is if Shivaji Maharaj was not there, what would have been our situation. He said, it is impossible to imagine India’s form, its glory without Chattrapti Shivaji Maharaj. The Prime Minister said, what he did in his time, the same role was played by his legend, inspirations and stories after him. He said, the Hindavi Swaraj of Shivaji Maharaj is an unparalleled example of justice for the backward and the deprived and a war cry against tyranny. Mr Modi said, Vir Shivaji’s management, his use of naval power, his water management are still worth emulating.
The Prime Minister said, Baba Saheb Purandare’s works reflect his unwavering devotion to Shivaji Maharaj and in his works, Shivaji Maharaj comes alive in our hearts. Mr Modi also remembered his personal attendance in the programs of Baba Saheb and praised his zeal for taking history to the youth in its full glory and inspiration. He said, Baba Saheb Purandare is always mindful that history is communicated in its true form. Mr Modi said, this balance is needed for the country’s history, Baba Saheb never let his devotion and litterateur in him affect his sense of history. The Prime Minister appealed to the young historian to maintain the same standards when they write the History of India’s freedom struggle on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
He also recalled Baba Saheb Purandare’s contributions from the Goa Mukti Sangram to the Dadar Nagar Haveli freedom struggle. Baba Saheb Purandare has been honored with Padma Vibhushan in 2019, the then Maharashtra Government decorated him with Maharashtra Bhushan Award in 2015. Madhya Pradesh Government also saluted him by awarding him Kalidas award.