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Acharya Shrimannarayan had a distinguished academic career and took his M. A. degrees in English Literature and economics. He was a well-known Gandhian economist, educationist and a social reformer. He was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi and participated in the constructive programme at Wardha and Sevagram for many years. Gandhiji called him “an extraordinary amalgam of scholar-ship, sobriety and humility“ and “a rare gem”. He joined the Quit India movement in 1942 and was under detention for eighteen months. He undertook a tour round the world in 1949 to propagate Gandhian Thought.
Acharya Shrimannarayan was a member of Parliament from 1952 to 1957, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress from 1952-1958, Member of the planning Commission from 1958-1964, India’s Ambassador to Nepal from 1964-1967, and Governor of Gujarat from December 1967 to March 1973. He was awarded the D.Litt. degree by the university of Karnataka, Kanpur and Kashi Vidhyapith.