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Yashwantrao Kelkar

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Yashwant Rao Kelkar
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Born(1920-04-25)25 April 1920
Alma materPune University , Pune
OccupationActivist, politician
ProfessionLecturer , Mumbai University, Mumbai

Yashwant Rao Kelkar was an Indian political activist and politician.

Originally an activist of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), he became the architect of the present-day Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) youth organisation. Kelkar graduated from Pune University in BA Literature. He became an active Sangh pracharak after graduation. Later, he became a professor at Mumbai University. ABVP was formed by Balraj Madhok in 1958 and Kelkar became its city president and then the state president. He started several activities for student unity and mobilization across the organization, establishing ABVP's core philosophy.[1]

ABVP awards Yashwant Rao Kelkar Award each year to recognize young social and political activists.[2] ABVP awarded Yashwant Rao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar to mathematician Anand Kumar, the Super 30 educator, in 2010.[3] The award is named after Yashwantrao Kelkar.[4]


  1. "Remembering Yashwantrao Kelkar: How he conceptualised the ABVP as we know it today". The New Indian Express. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  2. "Develop a constructive attitude and follow the developmental agenda : M Venkaiah Naidu · Varta Mitra". Varta Mitra. 2018-12-30. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  3. "Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has decided to award". The Times of India. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  4. Desk, Sentinel Digital (2016-12-20). "Manipur activist gets Kelkar Youth Award". Sentinelassam. Retrieved 2020-10-02.

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