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PM Modi Pays Tribute to Acharya JB Kripalani: A Beacon of India’s Anti-Colonial Struggle

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On the occasion of Acharya JB Kripalani’s birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep respect and paid homage to this iconic figure in India’s history. Acknowledging Kripalani as a true beacon in India’s fight against colonialism, PM Modi lauded his tireless efforts to strengthen democracy and promote social equality, emphasizing the enduring impact of his life and work on the nation’s fabric.

Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani, widely known as Acharya Kripalani, played a pivotal role in the Indian National Congress (INC) during a crucial period in the country’s history. Born on November 11, 1888, Kripalani’s contributions extended beyond politics, marking him as an environmentalist, mystic, and staunch independence activist. His presidency of the INC during the transfer of power in 1947 showcased his leadership during a transformative period.

“Acharya Kripalani’s close association with Mahatma Gandhi positioned him as one of Gandhi’s most ardent disciples. Serving as the General Secretary of the INC for nearly a decade, Kripalani became a key figure in the party. His commitment to Gandhian principles and his work in the field of education set the foundation for his role in rebuilding the INC, where he assumed the presidency”.

“However, the journey was not without challenges, as disputes between the party and the government over procedural matters strained his relationships with colleagues. Despite these challenges, Kripalani remained a steadfast and familiar figure, advocating for the principles of liberty and justice throughout his life”.

In a notable shift, Kripalani joined the economically right-wing Swatantra Party later in his life. This move showcased the breadth of his ideological evolution and commitment to diverse political approaches.

“Acharya Kripalani’s legacy endures through generations of dissenters, from the Non-Cooperation Movements of the 1920s to the challenges faced during the Emergency of the 1970s. His life’s work serves as a testament to the enduring values of liberty, justice, and democracy that continue to shape the fabric of the nation”.

As India remembers Acharya JB Kripalani on his birth anniversary, PM Modi’s words echo a collective recognition of the indelible mark left by this stalwart on the country’s history and the ongoing pursuit of a just & equitable society.

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