Sharad Anantrao Joshi


Sharad Anantrao Joshi was the liberal farm leader with a mass base in his home state of Maharashtra. Born in 1935, he completed his higher education from Sydenham College, Mumbai. His job stints included a lectureship in Economics and Statistics, University of Poona (1957–58), work at the Indian Postal Service (1958-68), and Chief of Informatics Service at the International Bureau, UPU, Bern, Switzerland (1968-77).

He left his job in Switzerland to start the organization to advance the farmers’ cause. Shetkari Sanghatana emerged as one of the largest farm groups in India. He was also the founder of the ' Kisan Coordination Committee (KCC)' composed of sister organizations from 14 states. Shetakari Sanghatana is a non-political union of farmers formed to secure 'Freedom of access to markets and technology.' As its founder, he led several mass agitations on agricultural issues in India, mostly in the state of Maharashtra. He served as a member of the Parliament of India representing Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha.

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Samasyayen Bharat Ki
Monographs/Viewpoints
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Visionaries of a New Bharat - Shetkari Sanghatana
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The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 7
1  June 1957
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 8
15  June 1957
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 23
15  February 1958
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 23
15  February 1958
The Indian Libertarian
Volume : 5 ;Issue: 37
15  September 1958