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Madhavrao Bhagwantrao Jadhav

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(c. 1873 — ? before 1940), he and K.G. Deshpande were most closest friends of Sri Aurobindo at Baroda. The three of them were around the same age and had similar political opinions. A young officer (Lieutenant) of Baroda Army, he was the third of three brothers Jadhavs, who were distant relationû of Maharaja.

. Madhavrao acquainted Sri Aurobindo with his brother, Khasherao, a high officer of the state. Khaserao was having a house built in the Dandia Bazar area of Baroda (15 Dandia Bazar). When it was finished in 1896, Madhavrao and his family moved in. Sri Aurobindo stayed with them on and off during his years at Baroda.

In December 1903 Sri Aurodindo went to Bombay to talk revolution with G. D. Madgavkar, a sympathetic ICS officer. The principal order of business was a proposal to send Madhavrao Jadhav to Japan for military training on the revolutionary purposes. Madgavkar said he would contribute 1,000 rupees toward his expenses. But at the ebd no Japanese military academy was willing to accept Madhavrao as a student. B. G. Tilak tried to induce the Russian ambassador to get Madhavrao admitted to an academy in Russia; when this attempt failed, Tilak, Sri Aurobindo, and others put together enough money to pay for Madhavrao’s passage to Europe. In 1905, Madhavrao trained at a military school in England, and in 1907, under a recommendation from the Russian Legation, he was permitted to study the Swiss army and its organisation in military academy in Bern, but he left at the end of the manoeuvres through fear of being detected by the British officers who were present there. He opened a fund for Sri Aurobindo’s defence in the Manicktolla Conspiracy Case. He was for a time Adjutant of the Gaekwad’s bodyguard, and in 1913, a captain in the 2nd Regiment of the State Infantry.

 

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