Home Minister unveil statue of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan at Sitabdiara in Saran district, Bihar

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah presides over a function to mark the birth anniversary of socialist icon Jayaprakash Narayan at Sitabdiara in Bihar's Saran district on October 11, 2022.

Important facts

  • He addressed a public meeting after unveiling the statue of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan at Sitab Diyara.

  • The event was organized by the Union Ministry of Art and Culture.

  • This is Amit Shah's second visit to Bihar after the BJP was ousted from power in the state during the political turmoil in Bihar in August this year.

About Jayaprakash Narayan 

  • On October 11, 2022, the birth anniversary of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan was celebrated across the country.

  • He was born on 11th October, 1902 in Sitabdiara, Bihar.

  • He was Influenced by Marxist ideas and Gandhian ideology.

  • He was educated at universities in the United States where he became a supporter of Marxist ideology.

  • On his return to India in the year 1929, he joined the Indian National Congress.

  • In the year 1932, he was sentenced to one year's imprisonment for participating in the civil disobedience movement against British rule in India.

  • In the year 1948, he left the Congress party along with most of the socialist leaders of the Congress and formed the Praja Socialist Party in the year 1952.

  • He soon became dissatisfied with politics and announced in 1954 that he would devote his life to the Bhoodan movement which was founded by Vinoba Bhave.

  • In 1959, he introduced the concept of 'reconstruction of Indian politics' through a four-tier hierarchy of village, district, state and union councils.

  • In the year 1974, he started a program against corruption for social change which was termed as total revolution.

  • A total revolution is a combination of political, social, economic, cultural, ideological or intellectual, educational and spiritual revolutions.

  • Jayaprakash Narayan was posthumously awarded India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna (1999), for his invaluable contribution to the freedom struggle, upliftment of the poor and downtrodden.

  • He died on October 8, 1979 in Patna.

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