President: 1857 - 1921
RN Mudholkar was born in Dhulia on 16 May 1857. He was one of the leading Indian lawyers of his time and was made the companion of the Order of the Indian Empire in January 1914, in recognition of his public services. He completed his early education partly from Dhulia and Vidharba and went to Bombay for higher studies.
As a follower of Gokhale’s ideologies, he advocated social reforms and espoused the causes of widow remarriage, abolishment of untouchability and female education. As a supporter of parliamentary democracy, he propounded non violent and constitutional means to fight the freedom struggle. He also worked for the upliftment of the poor and founded many organisations that work for the rights of the poor and marginalised. He was critical of the economic policy of the Government and advocated technical education for the rural masses.
He was in the Congress delegation of 1890 sent to England to voice the grievances of the Indians. In 1912, he was elected the President of the Indian National Congress held at Bankipur.