Mysuru, April 7:- Mysuru District Congress Committee observed the 113th birth anniversary of Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram at Indira Gandhi Congress Bhavan in the city on Monday.
Jagjivan Ram, popularly known as Babuji, was a Dalit icon who dedicated his life for betterment of the untouchables. He holds a world record of being a parliamentarian uninterrupted for a record 50 years between 1936 and 1986. One of the most revered Dalit leaders, he served as defence minister of India during the India-Pakistan war of 1971. He later served as deputy prime minister of the country between 1977 and 1979.
Babu Jagjivan Ram was an active participant in the country’s independence struggle and also founded the All-India Depressed Classes League in 1935 that worked towards getting equality for the untouchables. For his proficiency in Sanskrit, he was invited to join Banaras Hindu University by its founder Madan Mohan Malviya.
Former Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan, Congress district vice president Hedatale Manjunath, R Prakash Kumar, district secretary Deepak Raj, Basavaraj Nayak, Shivaprasad, Shivanna, Palya Suresh, Santhosh Kote and others were present. (MR/KS)