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A Freedom fighter, Politician, Lawyer, Writer. Founder of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (1938).

Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, (30 December 1887 – 8 February 1971) popularly known as Kulpati Dr. K. M. Munshi, was an Indian independence movement activist, politician, writer and educationist from Gujarat state.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is an ever-growing tree that was planted by Dr. K.M. Munshi, eminent scholar, lawyer and statesman. It is concretization of a vision that took shape over the years in heart and mind of Dr. K.M. Munshi as he, delved deep into literary and spiritual heritage of India and was overwhelmed by the character, power and magnitude of accomplishments of heroes and thinkers of the history and the epics. His idealism and total dedication helped to see his vision with greater clarity and charged him with energy to carry forward his mission.

Dr. K.M. Munshi founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan as an instrument for translating his vision and mission into reality and propagating India’s vibrant culture. With his sterling character, supreme dedication, amazing humidity, total commitment to moral and ethical values, super human capacity to put in hard and sustained work, readiness to lead from the front and willingness to merge himself completely with the Bhavan.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s stands for “The reintegration of Indian Culture”. Dr. K.M. Munshi has in clear terms presented the synthesizing character of our culture which make it resilient and life sustaining. This all embracing and unifying force is the soul and inspiration of our culture. In the words of Dr. K.M. Munshi.

Today Munshiji’s fears about cultural decadence and break down of value systems have indeed come true. But Bhavan, the movement is striving to ward off attacks and defy odds to carry forward his message and mission.

With the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. K.M. Munshi founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on 7th November 1938, as the beginning of an ‘adventure in faith’. Faith in India’s past, present and future. It was aimed at ‘reintegration of Indian culture in the light of modern knowledge and to suit our present day need and the resuscitation of its fundamental values in their pristine vigour.’