A noted freedom fighter and a socialist political leader, Ram Manohar Lohia was born in the Akbarpur village of Uttar Pradesh on 23rd March, 1910.
Born to Hira Lal and Chanda, Lohia did his intermediate from Benaras Hindu University and completed his BA from Calcutta University in 1929. Later, he flew to Germany whereby he joined Berlin University and learned German.
The freedom fighter, popularly known for his contribution in the Quit India Movement, Lohia was highly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his ideology. In fact, ‘Salt Satyagraha’ was his subject in the Ph.D. thesis paper.
Ram Manohar Lohia, who published several pamphlets on ‘Do or Die’, was jailed for writing an article ‘Satyagraha Now’ in Gandhi’s newspaper Harijan. After Independence, Lohia founded an organisation called Hind Kisan Panchayat to help farmers with agricultural solutions.
He died on October 12, 1967.
On his death anniversary, we recall some of Ram Manohar Lohia’s popular quotes to take inspiration from:
* “Satyagraha without constructive work is like a sentence without a verb”
* “Live communities don’t wait for five years (the term of the parliament)”
* “The use of English is a hindrance to original thinking, progenitor of inferiority feelings and a gap between the educated and uneducated public. Come, let us unite to restore Hindi to its original Glory.”
* “Caste restricts opportunity. Restricted opportunity constricts ability. Constricted ability further restricts opportunity. Where caste prevails, opportunity and ability are restricted to ever-narrowing circles of the people.”