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DHONDO KESHAVA KARVE

Thorns in the Path of Service

Karve encountered great difficulties in running the Ashram. Every evening he had to walk four miles from Pune to Hingne. It was dark. The road was not at all good. If it rained the road would be slushy. Wind or cold or rain, the forty-three-year old Karve walked the distance of four miles every evening on this road, carrying on his back the articles needed for cooking the next day's food. If Karve's wife or children were ill he would entrust the treatment to others and go out on his 'pilgrimage'. For two years he rendered this service. (About these times Karve has written in his autobiography: I always feel sorry that my wife and children suffered hardship because I did not give them sufficient attention. But I had no choice. On a number of days I walked to the Ashram shedding tears.')

Karve could not find time to attend to his ailing wife or child. But if somebody fell ill in the Ashram the person to console her and give her courage was the 'brother' -Karve. The Karve family settled in Hinghe. Some girls of the hostel themselves would not touch the water touched by Karve's wife Anandibai. When Anandibai was dining she had to sit apart from others-because once a widow, she had married again. She was the wife of the founder of the Ashram, Karve, but yet she could not escape from this insult.

As the work of the Balikashram increased, Karve thought of giving up his post. At the suggestion of the directors of the Deccan Education Society he went on leave for three years without pay-

A number of people opposed Karve at that time. Orthodox people blamed him for destroying the purity of religion. Reformers objected that Karve had established the Ashram, and so people were less enthusiastic about the remarriage of widows. Stinging letters were published in newspapers. Karve patiently put up with all this.

Karve's children did not have good clothes. They had no money for games and entertainment. The children felt unhappy; they would ask their mother, 'Why is this so?' and complain to her. She also felt unhappy.

In 1907 Karve started a school by name 'Mahila Viclyalaya' in Pune. The main object of the school was to spread knowledge among women. Two funds - the 'Brahmacharya Fund' and the 'Education Fund' - were started. The object was to ensure that girls did not marry till they were twenty years old and that, till then, they attended schools.

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Dhondo Keshava Karve- He brought education,equality,honour and joy into the lives of many people
About  Dhondo Keshava Karve
Introduction
'Fill The Room!"
An Ideal Life
An Aristocratic Family
A Self Respecting Mother
An Example
A Lesson
The Ordeal of An Examination
A Graduate
Friend Narahari Pant
The Lamp Of Service Is Lit
Independent Life
Sacrifice To Blind Faith
A Heroic Act
The Prince Of Courage
Patience Personified
New Lights Of Service
You are Here! Thorns In The Path Of Service
Institution For Selfless Service
A Women's University
Greatness Recognized
Travel In Three Continents
A New Venture At Seventy-Eight
The sacred 'Mantra'
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