Dr K M Munshiji, born on 30th Dec 1887,was an eminent lawyer, one of the framers of India’s Constitution and a seasoned statesman. A versatile and unique figure, he was influenced by Sri Aurobindo in his early life and worked with freedom fighters for the emancipation of the country. As Home Minister of Bombay in 1937, as India’s Agent General of Hyderabad , as Governor of Uttar Pradesh, his political life has been characterized by rare courage and decisive energy . He is also acknowledged as a great writer and has to his credit, a vast and varied literature.
The most significant of all his achievements is the establishment of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.He dreamt of cultural renaissance ahead of the freedom of the country. He unearthed the treasures from the spiritual heritage of the country and modified them to suit the modern condition. He taught the people to take pride in the past, dive into the present and prepare for the future.
The then President Sri Sarvepalli Radhkrishnan said that “Spectacular as have been Munshi’s achievements in different fields as a lawyer, politician, administrator and man of letters, the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan will keep his name enshrined in the Indian mind for many decades to come. Like a giant banyan tree, it has struck roots in many places in the country and even abroad; a truly national institution raised by non – official cooperative endeavors, it will remain as an embodiment of Munshiji’s philosophy of life as a monument to his nationalist fervor and his apostolate of fundamental values of Indian culture, Truth, love and Beauty.