By Malvika Kashyap
April 25 2022
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Jagjivan Ram ji's name comes after Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, among the biggest Dalit leaders of the country. He was the first labor minister of independent India.
India's first Dalit Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram's Samadhi Sthal is in Delhi, the capital of India. It is known as Samta Sthal.
Jagjivan Ram ji was respectfully addressed as Babuji. He was born on 5 April 1908 in Chandwa village of Bhojpur in Bihar.
For nearly 50 years, he expressed his devotion and loyalty to the nation in his parliamentary life. He achieved many political, social achievements in his life.
Jagjivan Ram ji completed his bachelor's degree in 1931 from the University of Kolkata. He was also an active participant in the freedom movement of that time.
He had to face a lot of discrimination in life because of his low caste. But he openly opposed the caste system and was successful in it.
In politics, he also served the country as Minister of Communications, Minister of Railways and Minister of Defense. He supported Indira Gandhi during the difficult times of 1975.
But when Indira Gandhi did not hand over the keys to her power. Then he stood against them by forming a separate party named 'Congress for Democracy'.
His party won in 1977. In such a situation, it was believed that he would become Prime Minister. But Morarji Desai was chosen as Prime Minister.
Babuji died on 6 July 1986 at the age of 78. Even today he is remembered as the Messiah of the downtrodden. He has also made a very invaluable contribution to politics.
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