Vitthal Laxman Phadke, better known as Mamasaheb Phadke, was an Indian social worker, writer and Gandhian, known for his sanitation services to the rural areas in the pre-independent India.[1] He was one among the leaders of the Sanitation Brigade composed of 1200 volunteers, set up by the 1938 Haripura session of the Indian National Congress.[2] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1969, for his contributions to society.[3] The story of his life has been documented in his autobiography, Mari Jeevan Katha (The Story of My Life), published by Navajivan Trust, a publishing house founded by Mahatma Gandhi.[4]

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  1. ^ Bindeshwar Pathak (1999). Road to Freedom: A Sociological Study on the Abolition of Scavenging in India. Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. p. 254. ISBN 9788120812581. 
  2. ^ The Selected Works of Subhash Chandra Bose: 1936-1946, Volume 3. Atlantic Publishers. 1992. p. 232. ISBN 9788171563197. 
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ Mamasaheb Phadke (2009). Mari Jeevan Katha. Navajivan Trust. p. 215. ISBN 978-8172293963.