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Dadabhai Naoroji is an accomplished leader shining forth in all areas of life. It is a hard fact that he pioneered Indian freedom struggle in the very beginning and cherished much influence on Gandhi and Gopal Krishna Gokhale. A staunch patriot, he was elected to British Parliament as an MP though Lord Salisbury, the then PM of Britain labelled him "black man". He proved his mettle as an MP - the first Indian to be elected to British Parliament! He authored Poverty and Un-British Rule in India wherein he castigated British policies. Herein he demonstrates how India gets impoverished as the wealth drains out of India as consequence of inordinate taxes, imbalance between exports and Imports. His critique of the colonial policies is still relevant as the neo-colonial policies show their baneful influence across the globe. Naoroji gave his all to the cause of India setting an example to emulate for the following generation of patriots. A moderate to the core, he was elected to Indian National Congress three times. It is gratifying to note that he was honoured not only in India , but in Pakistan and England as well.It is noteworthy that when he was an MP he was assisted by Jinnah and further, Gandhi considered him his mentor. It is for all these causes he is rightly called the GRAND OLD MAN OF INDIA.
Dr V. Pala Prasada Rao
JKC College, Guntur-6