How did India get Sunday as Holiday?

ఈ  ఫోటో లో ఉన్న వ్యక్తి పేరు నారాయణ్ మేఘాజీ లోఖండే. భారత దేశం లో ఆదివారం శెలవు రావడానికి ఇతనే కారణం. మొదట బ్రిటిష్ వారు భారతీయులతో వారం రోజులూ పనిచేయించుకునేవారు. నారాయణ్ మేఘాజి ఆదివారం శెలవు ఇవ్వాలని కోరితే, బ్రిటిష్ వారు ఒప్పుకోలేదు. అప్పుడు ఈయన 1881 నుంచి 1889 వరకు పోరాటం చేస్తే 1889 లో బ్రిటిష్ వారు ఆదివారం సెలవు దినం గా ప్రకటించారు అని సమాచారం.

Narayan Meghaji Lokhande is acclaimed as the Father of the Trade Union Movement in India. From 1880 onwards he took over the management of Deenbandhu News Paper which was published from Bombay. It is significant that before Jotirao Phule and his colleagues Bhalekar and Lokhande tried to organise the peasants and the workers, no such attempt was made by any organisation to redress their grievances. Mahatma Phule started the first Indian Workers organization – ‘Bombay Mill Hands Association’, with the help of Shri. Narayan Meghaji Lokhande.

narayan-meghaji-lokhande-stampSome of the rights mill workers got because of N M Lokhande were:

  • Mill workers should get a weekly holiday on Sunday.
  • In the afternoon, workers should be entitled to half-hour recess.
  • The mill should start working from 6:30 in the morning and close by sunset.
  • The salaries of the workers should be given by the 15th of every month.

Postal Stamp was released by Government of India in 2005 to commemorate his work.

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