Friday, December 11, 2015

Lok Nayak (people's leader) Jayaprakash Narayan seeking blessings of Sathya Sai

Lok Nayak (people's leader) Jayaprakash Narayan has written, "Seeking Baba's Blessings" along with his signature and Swami has written, "With Blessings" along with Swami's signature in this photo below:

Pic courtesy: Shri Karan Dewan,

Jayaprakash Narayan (11 October 1902 – 8 October 1979), popularly referred to as JP or Lok Nayak (Hindi for The People's Hero), was an Indian independence activist, social reformer and political leader, remembered especially for leading the mid-1970s opposition against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for whose overthrow he called a "total revolution".
At age 20, Jayaprakash sailed aboard the cargo ship Janus while Prabhavati remained at Sabarmati. Jayaprakash reached California on 8 October 1922 and was admitted to Berkeley in January 1923. To pay for his education, Jayaprakash picked grapes, set them out to dry, packed fruits at a canning factory, washed dishes, worked as a mechanic at a garage and at a slaughter house, sold lotions and taught.[citation needed] All these jobs gave Jayaprakash an insight into the difficulties of the working class. Jayaprakash was forced to transfer to The University of Iowa when fees at Berkeley were doubled. He was forced to transfer to many universities thereafter. He pursued his favourite subject, sociology, and received much help from Professor Edward Ross

In Wisconsin, Jayaprakash was introduced to Karl Marx's Das Kapital. News of the success of the Russian revolution of 1917 made Jayaprakash conclude that Marxism was the way to alleviate the suffering of the masses. He delved into books by Indian intellectual and Communist theoretician M. N. Roy. His paper on sociology, "Social Variation", was declared the best of the year.
Narayan returned from the US to India in late 1929 as a Marxist. He joined the Indian National Congress on the invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1929; Mahatma Gandhi became his mentor in the Congress.
During the Indian independence movement he was arrested, jailed, and tortured several times by the British. He won particular fame during the Quit India movement.
Narayan returned to prominence in State politics in the late 1960s. 1974 ushered in a year of high inflation, unemployment and lack of supplies and essential commodities. Nav Nirman Andolan movement of Gujarat asked Jayaprakash to lead a peaceful agitation. On 8 April 1974, aged 72, he led a silent procession at Patna. The procession was lathi charged. On 5 June 1974, Jayaprakash addressed a large crowd at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. He declared, "This is a revolution, friends! We are not here merely to see the Vidhan Sabha dissolved. That is only one milestone on our journey. But we have a long way to go... After 27 years of freedom, people of this country are wracked by hunger, rising prices, corruption... oppressed by every kind of injustice... it is a Total Revolution we want, nothing less!" In 1974, he led the students' movement in the state of Bihar which gradually developed into a popular people's movement known as the Bihar Movement. It was during this movement that JP gave a call for peaceful Total Revolution.
Indira Gandhi revoked the emergency on 18 January 1977 and announced elections. The Janata Party, a vehicle for the broad spectrum of the opposition to Indira Gandhi, was formed under JP's guidance. The Janata Party was voted into power and became the first non-Congress party to form a government at the Centre. On the call of Narayan, many youngsters joined the JP movement.
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Ravi: For leaders of Bihar like Shri Nitish Kumar and Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav, Shri Jayaprakash Narayan is a revered figure even today.

I am so glad to see this photograph of this revered mass leader of Bihar Shri Jayaprakash Narayan with Bhagavan. Terrific! What an impact Bhagavan has had on the lives of so many tall leaders of India across decades! I had no idea that former communist turned socialist leader, Shri Jayaprakash Narayan, had sought the blessings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba! Thanks to Shri Karan Dewan for sharing this wonderful pic which I consider to be part of the historical record of the Kali Yuga Avatar, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

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1 comment:

  1. My Grandpa respects Jayaprakash Narayan a lot. He has read a lot on him. Grandpa had fortune of meeting many freedom fighters. Jayaprakash Narayan was a man of ideals and ethics. Even I appreciate him a lot. He was the man who played positive politics. I was not aware that he had Sociology as his subject. Wow! This is really interesting to know. Thanks for enlightening me with this information. I didn't know that Jayaprakash Narayan believed in Marxist ideology like Bhagat Singh was. I also like Marx very much. But I'm not a Communist Marxist. Thank you :)
    Sai Ram :)