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. 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. The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1969, for his contributions to society. 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.
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