Venkatesh Belvi

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Dattatraya Venkatesh Belvi
Member of the Central Legislative Assembly
In office
ConstituencyBombay Southern Division
Member of the Bombay Legislative Council
In office
20 December 1912 – 1921
Personal details
Born(1866-01-14)14 January 1866
Died4 April 1962(1962-04-04) (aged 96)
Belgaum, Mysore State
(now Karnataka), India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Swaraj Party
  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Activist

Dattatraya Venkatesh Belvi (14 January 1866 – 4 April 1962) was Indian politician and lawyer. He was a member of the Central Legislative Assembly between 1924 and 1931. He was known for his activism during the Home Rule movement in the Belgaum region under the wings of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

Early life[edit]

Belvi was born on 14 January 1866 into a "humble family".[1] He was educated in Sardar's High School, Belgaum and Deccan College, Poona. Upon obtaining a degree in law from Government Law College, Bombay, he commenced practice as a lawyer in Belgaum in 1893, a profession he continued till 1944.[1] His academic career was described as "[b]rilliant".[2]


As member of the Indian National Congress, Belvi was elected to the Bombay Legislative Council in 1912[3] and retained the position till 1921 upon being elected a total of three times.[1] During this time he was also involved in Tilak's Home Rule movement. He was appointed as member of the Executive Central Committee that was formed after the establishment of the League in 1916, as a representative of Belgaum.[4] During this time, he worked as close associate of Gangadhar Rao Deshpande.

Belvi also held several positions such as member of the bar in the North Karnataka region, hitherto a part of the Bombay Presidency, and as president of the Belgaum municipality.[4] He also served as director of the Belgaum District Central Co-operative Bank and Belgaum Pioneer Co-operative Bank, before serving as president of the Belgaum Central Library.[2] At the 1923 general election, he was elected to the Central Legislative Assembly from the Swaraj Party. He was elected again and retained the position till 1931.[1] Belvi died on 4 April 1962 in Belgaum, aged 96.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Reed, Stanley (1950). The Indian And Pakistan Year Book And Who's Who 1950. Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. p. 647. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kabadi, Waman P. (1937). Indian Who's Who 1937–38. p. 80. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. Combined Civil List For India. The Pioneer Press, Allahabad. 1916. p. 12. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cashman, Richard (1975). The Myth of the Lokamanya: Tilak and Mass Politics in Maharashtra. University of California Press. pp. 197–198. ISBN 9780520024076. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. "Obituary: Dattopant Venkatesh Belvi". The Indian Express. 6 April 1962. p. 7.