Landmarks in the life of Shri Y.B. Chavan
Born on 12 March 1913 at village Devrashtre in Satara district (now Sangli dist.).
Primary education at Devrashtre in the local primary school.
Father Balwantrao Chavan dies in the plague of 1918-19.
Passes Vernacular Final Examination from the Karad Central
School in 1927. Secures admission in the Tilak High School Karad.
Becomes the recipient of the first prize of Rs 150/- in the elocution competition held on behalf of the Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya of Poona for best speech on the subject “Village Improvement” in 1931.
Participation in Non-cooperation Movement and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment from 1930 to 1932.
Released from jail in May 1933. Passes Matriculation examination in 1934 and joins Rajaram College at Kolhapur where he comes in close contact with Prof. N. S. Phadke and Dr. Balkrishna whose guidance stood in good stead in his future career.
Passes B.A. examination of the Bombay University with History and Politics as his principal subjects in 1938.
Shri Chavan is influenced deeply by the political philosophy of M. N. Roy during the period 1936-38.
In 1940 Shri Chavan is elected President of the Satara District Congress.
In 1940-41 he gets through the LL.B. examination and starts legal practice.
On 2 June 1942 Shri Chavan gets married and is forced to go under ground for his political activities some months thereafter.
Shri Chavan assumes leadership of Satara district ‘Quit India’ movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi on 9 August 1942.
The same year he is elected Chairman of the Seminar held under the auspices of Dakshin Maharashtra Sahitya Sammelan (South Maharashtra Literary Conference).
Joins underground movement in Satara district-directs and guides it.
Succeeds in being in company with Smt. Venutai Chavan who is ill during the period August 1942 to 1943. Arrested by the police during his stay in Phaltan.
Bereaved in 1943 as a result of elder brother Dyanoba’s death. Released from jail in 1945.