Union Home Minister Amit Shah has unveiled a 15-foot statue of Jayaprakash Narayan or JP on his 120th birth anniversary on October 11, at his birthplace, Sitab Diara village in Bihar’s Saran district.
About ‘Jayaprakash Narayan’ –
- He was born on October 11, 1902, in Bihar’s Sitab Diara.
- He quit college to join the non-cooperation movement, before going to study at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was influenced by the ideas of Karl Marx.
- He returned to India in 1929 and joined the freedom struggle and the Indian National Congress, upon the invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru and drawn by a speech by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
- He is one of the founding members of the Congress Socialist Party (CSP).
- He is credited for galvanising popular opinion against Indira Gandhi government, through his call for Sampoorna Kranti (Total Revolution). It led to the formation of the first non-Congress government (Janata Party government, 1977) in the country.
- In 1999, he was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in recognition of his social service.
- Other awards include the Magsaysay award for Public Service in 1965.