Ninad Gangadhar Bedekar (17 August 1949 – 10 May 2015) was a historian,writer and oratorfrom Pune, Maharashtra, India, writing and speaking in Marathi.
Bedekar was an engineer by profession and was serving in Cummins India for some time.
Bedekar was better known for his research on the forts of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and about 75 forts outside India, having led numerous treks to them. He was an honorary member of Fort Renovation and Beautification Committee for the Government of Maharashtra and life member of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal – Pune, Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal – (Chairman) Maharastra Kalopasak, Pune – (Chairman).
He was acquainted with Persian and Arabic, as well as the Modi script. He was a life member of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, Pune and an honorary member of Fort Renovation and Beautification Committee for the Government of Maharashtra. He held a diploma in mechanical engineering, and has worked for Kirloskar Cummins Ltd., (now Cummins India Limited).
He scripted the Son et lumière show at Shanivarwada, and wrote the script for Marathi TV serial Peshwai.
In 2003, Bedekar succeeded,along with the Maratha-Hindu-nationalist organization, Shiv Sena, in having James Laine’s academic monograph, Shivaji: Hindu king in Islamic India (Oxford University Press) banned in their state.