Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday paid homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary.
“Homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
Jagjivan Ram (5 April 1908 – 6 July 1986), known popularly as Babuji, was an Indian independence activist and politician from Bihar. He was instrumental in foundation of the All-India Depressed Classes League, an organisation dedicated to attaining equality for untouchables, in 1935 and was elected to Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1937, after which he organised the rural labour movement.
Jagjivan Ram’s successful organisation of a workers’ rally in Calcutta brought him to the attention of leaders like Subhas Chandra Bose.
As Food and Agriculture Minister, Babuji is credited for the Green Revolution and as Defence Minister, he led the country to victory in the historic 1971 war against Pakistan which saw the birth of Bangladesh. He remained a member of Parliament till his death in 1986, after over forty years as a parliamentarian.