Jan Nayak Karpoori Thakur

Karpoori Thakur, fondly known as “Jan Nayak” (people’s leader), wasn’t just a two-time Chief Minister of Bihar, but also a dedicated freedom fighter who actively participated in India’s struggle for independence.

President Murmu made the announcement, revealing that Karpoori Thakur, a champion of social equality, will be posthumously honoured with the Bharat Ratna.

Early Life:

  • Born in 1924 to a barber community family, Thakur was deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and socialist leader Satyanarayan Sinha.
  • He joined the All-India Students Federation and actively participated in student politics.

Joining the Freedom Movement:

  • Inspired by the Quit India Movement of 1942, Thakur left his studies to actively join the fight for independence.
  • His participation led to a 26-month imprisonment, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to the cause.

Post-Independence Activism:

  • After India’s independence, Thakur returned to his village and worked as a teacher.
  • He remained politically active, joining the Socialist Party and contesting the 1952 Bihar assembly elections, successfully entering the legislative assembly.
  • Throughout his political career, he continued to champion the rights of the marginalized and downtrodden, becoming a prominent voice for social justice.

Thakur’s Legacy:

  • Though his primary contributions lie in his later political career as Chief Minister, his early years as a freedom fighter laid the foundation for his commitment to social equality and upliftment of the underprivileged.
  • His sacrifices and dedication during the independence struggle serve as an inspiration for future generations.

Karpoori Thakur’s journey from a freedom fighter to a people’s leader showcases his unwavering dedication to India’s cause and its citizens. His legacy continues to inspire those striving for a more just and equitable society.

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