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Dadabhai Naoroji had established the East India Association in London in 1866. Its Mumbai branch was established in 1869. Who was the President of Mumbai Branch ? 
1. Kashinath Telang
2. Bhau Daji Lad
3. Ferozshah Mehta 
4. Badruddin Taiyyabji 

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : Bhau Daji Lad

The correct answer is Bhau Daji Lad.

  • Bhau Daji Lad :
    • Bhau Daji Lad (Ramachandra Vitthal Lad) (1824–74) was an Indian physician, Sanskrit scholar, who hailed from a village in Goa called Mandrem "Manjari" in 1824 and later moved to Mumbai.
    • Around this time he won a prize for writing an essay on infanticide and was appointed a teacher in the Elphinstone Institution.
    • He then studied medicine at the Grant Medical College.
    • He was the first president of native origin, of the Students' Literary and Scientific Society.
    • He was the champion of the cause of female education.
      • A girls' school was founded in his name, for which an endowment was provided by his friends and admirers.
    • The Bombay Association and the Bombay branch of the East Indian Association owe their existence to his ability and exertions.
    • He was twice chosen Sheriff of Mumbai, once in 1869 and again in 1871.
    • Various scientific societies in England, France, Germany and the United States conferred their membership on him.
    • He contributed numerous papers to the journal of the Bombay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.
  • Contribution in Art and Culture :
    • He amassed a large collection of rare ancient Indian coins.
    • He studied Indian antiquities, deciphering inscriptions and ascertaining the dates and history of ancient Sanskrit authors.
    • The Mumbai Victoria & Albert Museum was renamed after him in 1975, and stands testimony to his contribution to the field of arts and heritage.

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