indignation was a special -trait of Keshavrao. He was prompt to react to injustice or
oppression of any kind. Once during the college vacation, he had gone to Yeotmal Keshavrao
was on an evening stroll with his friends in the Civil Lines area. On the way they saw
that a British Deputy Commissioner was approaching them. The British officers in those
days were full of arrogance. An unwritten code required that the local people were to move
away to make way for the British officers and salute them. This was intimated to Keshavrao
by his friends. He, however, did not care and went ahead in the usual way without
The Deputy Commissioner came close, but Keshavrao remained passive. The former then had
to move away him.
But how could the high-strung D.C. swallow such an insult? He turned back and burst
out, "Don't you know the etiquette here?"
With his hands in his coat pockets, Keshavrao retorted, "What have I to do with
the manner here? I come from the Capital City of Nagpur. Nothing like this is observed in
Nagpur. And mind you, it's not proper to salute an unknown person." Seething with
anger, the D.C. departed helplessly.
Keshavrao never tolerated any insult either to the nation or to national leaders. Once
a public meeting was held under the chairmanship of Deshbhakta Moulvi Liyaqat Hussain. One
of the speakers passed some disparaging remarks about Lokmanya Tilak. This was enough for
Keshavrao to burst forth with indignation, He rushed to the dais and slapped the errant
speaker in full public view!
Keshavrao was full of sympathy for those caught in any kind of distress. In 1913, river
Damodar in Bengal was in spate. People, animals, homes, and huts were inundated under the
floods. Keshavrao with his friends swung into action. They rushed to the spot for
protecting the sufferers and bringing succor in their hour of travail. He served food to
the hungry and spoke words of courage and confidence as they had lost all hopes about
their life. Keshavrao busied himself day and night. No barriers of language or region
stood in his way of service to the people.