Madhu Limaye

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Madhu Limaye (मधु लिमये) (1.5.1922 – 8.1.1995) was a politician, follower of Ram Manohar Lohia and a fellow-traveller of George Fernandes, he was active in the Janata government that gained power at the Centre following the Emergency. Madhu Limaye was General Secretary of Lokdal of Chaudhary Charan Singh from 1979-1982.

Early life

Madhu Limaye, son of Ramchandra Mahadev Limaye, was born in Pune on 1 May 1922. He was educated at the Fergusson College, Poona (now Pune). He married Professor Champa Limaye and had one son. He was previously associated with the Indian National Congress, 1938—48 and the Congress Socialist Party, 1938—1948. His education was interrupted due to participation in the freedom movement. He was imprisoned for 4 years between 1940 and 1945.

Political life

He, with Raj Narain and Krishan Kant was also responsible for the collapse of the Morarji Desai-led Janata government installed by that coalition, by insisting that no member of the Janata Party could simultaneously be a member of an alternative social or political organisation. This attack on dual membership was directed specifically at members of the Janata Party who had been members of the Jan Sangh, and continued to be members of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Jan Sangh's ideological parent. The issue led to fall of the Janata government in 1979, and the destruction of the Janata coalition.[1]

Socialist: Attended Socialist International’s Antwerp conference as a sole delegate of Indian Socialist Movement, 1947. Elected, Member National Executive of the Socialist Party at Nasik Conference, 1948. Joint Secretary, Socialist Party, 1949—52. Secretary Asian Socialist Bureau, Rangoon, 1953. Elected, Joint Secretary, Praja Socialist Party at its first Conference at Allahabad, 1953.

Goa Liberation Movement: Sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in the Goa liberation movement in 1955. Spent over 19 months in Portuguese captivity.


Chairman, Socialist Party 1958–59. Chairman Samyukta Socialist Party Parliamentary Board, 1967–68. Leader, Socialist Group in Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967.

Term as Member of Parliament

   (i) Third Lok Sabha, 1964—67 from Munger (won by-poll)
   (ii) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967—71 from Munger
   (iii) Fifth Lok Sabha, 1973—77 from Banka (won by-poll)
   (iv) Sixth Lok Sabha 1977–79 from Banka.[5]

He lost General Elections to Lok Sabha from Munger in 1971 and Banka in 1980.

Janata Party

Played an active part in the JP movement and in an effort to create a united opposition party. He was detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) from July 1975[2] to February 1977 in various Madhya Pradesh Jails. Resigned in protest, from membership of the fifth Lok Sabha, on immoral extension of its term by Indira Gandhi through abuse of constitutional provisions about emergency. general secretary, Janata Party 1 May 1977–79. general secretary, Janata Party (S) and Lok Dal ,1979–82. Retired from active politics in 1982 after the formation of Lok Dal (K). Wrote more than 60 books in English, Hindi and Marathi.

Social activities: Associated with youth organisations, inspiring speeches, study groups, seminars, libraries, social reform movement and periodicals.

पुस्तक: कृषक लोकतंत्र के पक्षधर

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कृषक लोकतंत्र के पक्षधर

लेखक: मधु लिमये

'मधु जी', लोहिया ट्रस्ट, लखनऊ, प्रकाशन ~१९९७-९८. पृष्ट ३४१

मधु लिमये: जन्म ०१ मई १९२२ मृत्यु ०८ जनवरी १९९५. भारतीय राजनीतिज्ञ और समाजवादी आंदोलन के नेताओं में से एक थे। भारत की समाजवादी राजनीति के प्रतिनिधि नेता मधु लिमये ने चार दशक तक देश की राजनीति को कई तरीकों से प्रभावित किया। वह प्रखर वक्ता और सिद्धांतकार थे। तात्कालिक राजनीतिक स्वार्थ के समय ही सुनाई देने वाली श्अंतरात्मा की आवाज़श् के दौर में मधु लिमये लोकतंत्रए आडंबरहीनता और साफ़ सार्वजनिक जीवन के पहरेदार बन गए थे। मधु लिमये ने दुनिया को बताया कि संसद में बहस कैसे की जाती है। उन्होंने सांसद होने की पेंशन कभी नहीं ली और न ही पूर्व सांसद होने की सुविधाएं। मधु लिमये १९७९.१९८२ के बीच चौधरी चरण सिंह के लोक दाल के महासचिव थे ।


He was responsible for personally grooming many of the names that dominate Bihar politics today, including Laloo Prasad Yadav and Sharad Yadav. The library of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU), the Madhu Limaye Library, is named after him. A street in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi is named in his honour.


  1. Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne H. Rudolph (1987) In Pursuit of Lakshmi: The Political Economy of the Indian State. University of Chicago Press. pp 457–459. ISBN 9788125015512
  2. Case Studies on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: A World Survey. Vol. 3. 1987