Remembering Maharshi Karve ……. the man who set up India’s first university for women
Dr Dhondo Keshav Karve, the man who pioneered women empowerment in India, was born on April 18, in the year 1858. Hailing from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, Dhondo Keshav Karve,more commonly known as Anna Karve, was instrumental in empowering women in pre-independence India and promoting widows’ education.
The social reformer and educator established the widow Marriage Association in 1893 and in the same year, he shocked everyone after he opted to marry a widow himself. His first wife had passed away earlier in the year 1891.Continuing with his effort for helping widows, Maharishi Karve even founded an educational institution, Hindu Widows Home, in 1896, in Poona to help widows support themselves, in case they were unable to remarry.
After his retirement from Fergusson College, Poona, where he worked as maths instructor, he started the Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University in 1916. He also worked towards abolishing the caste system and established societies for village primary education.