May 25, 2024

Babu Jagjivan Ram

  • Prime Minister recently paid tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram (1908-1986) on his 116th birth anniversary.
  • He was born on April 5, 1908, in Chandwa village, Bihar to Sobhi Ram and Vasanti Devi.
  • He was a freedom fighter, prominent leader of the untouchable.
  • In 1934, he founded Akhil Bhartiya Ravidas Mahasabha and the All-India Depressed Classes League.
  • In 1935, he appeared before Hammond Commission and demanded, for the first time, voting rights for Dalits.
  • Participated in Civil Disobedience Movement, Satyagraha movement, and Quit India Movement.
  • Babu Jagjivan Ram holds the world record for being a parliamentarian for 50 uninterrupted years, from 1936 to 1986.
  • He also served as India’s defence minister during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.
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