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Narasinh Narayan Godbole

Narasinh Narayan Godbole
Born(1887-12-28)28 December 1887
Died4 December 1984(1984-12-04) (aged 96)

Narasinh Narayan Godbole (28 December 1887 – 4 December 1984)[1] was the first Director of Industries & Supplies of Government of Rajasthan.[2]


Godbole was born at Dharwad.[1] He was known for his research on milk products and Sarasvati River.[3][4] He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, third highest civilian honour of India by the President of India, in 1965.[5]

Godbole was an advocate of lacto-vegetarianism.[6] He authored Milk: The Most Perfect Food, in 1936. A review of the book in the Current Science journal, noted that "this is an excellent treatise, worthy to be in every household. Prof. Godbole has approached his task in a scientific spirit and in the performance of it he displays the commendable zeal of the convinced advocate of the principles he wishes to propagate."[7] A review in the Journal of Dairy Science, commented that Godbole "presents the dairy industry of India with special reference to improvement of the Hindu diet through increased consumption of dairy products... The promotion of the vegetarian diet is uppermost in the thoughts of the author which is essential in India for both religious and health reasons."[6] Godbole corresponded with Mahatma Gandhi. In a 1937 letter, Gandhi wrote that the book "is good so far as it goes" but commented that it did not examine the methods of using milk.[8]


Godbole died in Pune on 4 December 1984, aged 97.[1]

Selected publications


  1. ^ a b c Anonymous. (1984). Padmabhushan Dr. N. N. Godbole (1887 - 1984). Chemical Industry News 29: 604.
  2. ^ Department of Industries, Government of Rajasthan. "Historical Background". Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  3. ^ Frawley, David (1993). Gods, Sages and Kings: Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization. Motilal Banarsidass Publications. ISBN 9788120810051.
  4. ^ Worldcat. "Godbole, N.N. - Worldcat Identities". Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b A. C. D. (1938). Milk the Most Perfect Food. N. N. Godbole, Benares Hindu Univ., Dipawali, India, 1936. Journal of Dairy Science 21 (9): 242.
  7. ^ Anonymous. (1937). Reviewed Work: Milk, The Most Perfect Foodby N. N. Godbole, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. Current Science 5 (11): 600-601.
  8. ^ Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Volume 65. Navajivan Trust, 1976.