Bhagwan Das – Bharat Ratna Award Winner
Born in Varanasi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on the 12th of January 1869, Bhagwan Das was a famous theosophist, who had an active participation in the nationalist movements for India’s freedom against the British rule, as an advocate who also significantly opposed violent riots that were used as a form of protest during that time.
He became a part of the Theosophical Society, and gradually went on to join the Indian National Congress, during his participation in one of the nationalistic freedom movements, that is the non-cooperation movement.
Winner of the 1955 Bharat Ratna Award by the government of India, Das was the founder of the famous national university—Kashi Vidya Peeth, where he started his journey as a headmaster. Throughout his life, he mastered the language of Sanskrit, and went on to write more than 30 books, in both Sanskrit and Hindi languages.
Despite his advocacy that led to a number of colonial reprisals to come his way during freedom struggle, he was headstrong to voice his opinions against the wrong.
He breathed his last on the 18th of September, in the year 1958, at the age of 89.