Jagjivan Ram, endearingly called Babuji, was a freedom fighter
and a crusader for social justice. His meteoric rise in public
life saw him emerge as an eminent and popular political leader
who devoted his entire life working for the welfare of his country.
He belonged to the vintage era of modern Indian politics. As national
leader, parliamentarian, union minister and champion of depressed
classes, he had a towering presence and played a long inning spanning
half a century in Indian politics. His enduring and quintessentially
twentieth century political legacy reminds us of the fervour,
idealism and indomitable spirit of India¡¯s political leadership
that not only fought and won freedom for the country but also
laid the firm foundation for a modern democratic polity. Gifted
with a flair for political leadership and moved by the ideals
and goals of the socio-political events that enveloped the country,
Babu Jagjivan Ram played a significant role in scripting our country¡¯s
political and constitutional development and social change. A
passionate leader dedicated to public life, he enjoyed immense
respect from all quarters. admired for his leadership qualities
and organizational abilities, he always remained a force to be
reckoned with in Indian politics.
Jagjivan Ram was born on April 5,1908 at Chandwa, a small village,
in Shahabad district, now named Bhojpur, in Bihar. His father,
Shobhi Ram was in the British Army where he learnt English and
became proficient in it.