Dada Bhai Naoroji

Parsi writer, politician and social leader, Dadabhai Naoroji, (1825 - 1917), circa 1890. In Britain, he was a Liberal Party MP for Finsbury Central in London from 1892 until 1895. His founding of the Indian National Congress and influence on the Indian independence movement led to him being known as the 'Grand Old Man of India'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Dada Bhai Naoroji, often referred to as the “Grand Old Man of India,” was a pioneering figure in Indian nationalism and an influential leader in the struggle for India’s independence from British rule. Born on September 4, 1825, in Mumbai, Naoroji was a renowned intellectual, educator, and politician.

He made history by becoming the first Indian to be elected to the British Parliament in 1892, representing the Liberal Party. Naoroji used this platform to advocate for Indian rights and highlight the economic exploitation of India under British rule, famously articulating the “Drain Theory,” which argued that Britain was draining India’s wealth. His efforts laid the groundwork for future Indian leaders and movements, making him a key architect of India’s freedom struggle.

Naoroji’s legacy continues to inspire generations, emphasizing the power of education, advocacy, and political engagement in the fight for justice and equality.



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