Biography of Krantiveer Vasantrao Naik
Krantiveer Vasantrao Narayanrao Naik, a great visionary, was son of soil, who contributed in freedom struggle of India and was known as “Krantiveer” . He was born in Sinnaar, Nashik District in 1911, and has revolutionary life and was fully devoted to society. He was inspired by the call given by Krantisingh Nana Patil of Patri Sarkar and participated in many revolutionary activities for freedom of India.
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, he participated in Namak Satyagraha of freedom struggle at the age of 15 years, for which he was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment by the British Government in the year of 1932, 1939, 1942 and 1944.
He was convicted in a political trial first time in the year 1940. After release from jail he actively participated in Quit India Movement under the leadership of Father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi. Many people were sent to jail by British Government, due to their participation in Quit India Movement. However, Vasantrao went underground and contributed for the movement. The British Government had decided to auction his properties to force him to surrender, but due to his popularity in freedom struggle, nobody participated in auction. He worked in association with Achyutrao Patwardhan, Sane Guruji and S.M. Joshi.
He was a very good organizer and served as General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and member of All India Congress Committee. He successfully organized 56th conference of All India Congress at Nashik in 1950.
After independence, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, the entire organization of S.T. Mahamandal was established under his leadership as Chairman. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly from the Nasik West constituency and was the youngest Member of Legislative Assembly in the Bombay Legislature in 1937.
He died due to heart attack, while attending a public meeting at Bhusaval on 14th December 1968. The LoGMIEER is established and named in his memory, in the year 2011-12, which is celebrated as his birth centenary.