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Remembering Ram Manohar Lohia: Lesser-known facts, quotes by hero of Quit India Movement

Ram Manohar Lohia raised voice against social injustice, class and caste discrimination, and gender bias. Lohia played a significant role in indulging the youth of the nation in the freedom movement. Not only this, he guided them on literature, poetry, art, and aesthetics to give a better understanding of the country.

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Remembering Ram Manohar Lohia: Lesser-known facts, quotes by hero of Quit India Movement

Ram Manohar Lohia was born on March 23, 1910. Lohia is one of the greatest freedom fighters produced by India. He dedicated his life to the welfare of the nation and for the freedom struggle. He walked in the footsteps of his father Hira Lal, a patriot and freedom fighter. Lohia’s contribution to India’s history is remarkable.

He raised voice against social injustice, class and caste discrimination, and gender bias. Lohia played a significant role in indulging the youth of the nation in the freedom movement. Not only this, he guided them on literature, poetry, art, and aesthetics to give a better understanding of the country.

Lohia also joined the Congress Socialist Party (CSP), the left-wing of the Indian National Congress, at the time of its foundation in 1934. He worked as a member of the executive committee and also edited the weekly journal. After Independence, Lohia founded an organisation called Hind Kisan Panchayat.

He had also protested against the policy of the Portuguese government. Lohia made Hindi the official language of India after Independence.

He died on October 12, in the year 1967. Therefore, this day is observed as the death anniversary of great freedom fighter and leader Ram Manohar Lohia.

Recalling famous quotes by Ram Manohar Lohia on his death anniversary

Great thoughts, quotes by Ram Manohar Lohia:

  • 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.
    Satyagraha without constructive work is like a sentence without a verb.
  • 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.
  • Ram Manohar Lohia called Marxism the “last weapon of Europe against Asia”. Propounding the “Principle of Equal Irrelevance”, he rejected both Marxism and Capitalism.

Ram Manohar Lohia: Remembering the hero of Quit India Movement

Lesser-known facts about Ram Manohar Lohia:

Great freedom fighter, Activist, socialist and Indian political leader Ram Manohar Lohia has contributed majorly in the Indian Independence movement. He was born on 23 March 1910 in Akbarpur, Uttar Pradesh. He was known for his unique thoughts.

He always had immense love for education, despite having family and financial issues he managed to complete his education without any break. He had an outstanding academic performance record, which helped him in every decision he took in his life.

Great freedom fighter, Activist, socialist and Indian political leader Ram Manohar Lohia has contributed majorly in the Indian Independence movement. He was born on 23 March 1910 in Akbarpur, Uttar Pradesh. He was known for his unique thoughts.

He always had immense love for education, despite having family and financial issues he managed to complete his education without any break. He had an outstanding academic performance record, which helped him in every decision he took in his life.

Ram Manohar Lohia worked with the Congress Radio which was broadcasted secretly from various places in Bombay until 1942, during the British rule in India. He has contributed at various significant events in India. He has also written many books on social and communal issues in the English language.

During his political career he attempted to make many remarkable changes in India. Ram Manohar Lohia was one of the founders of the Congress Socialist Party but later developed his own political standpoint.

It’s the 54th Death Anniversary of Ram Manohar Lohia on 12 October 1967. Here are some facts about the great leader that you should know about.

Ram Manohar Lohia lost his mother when he was just two years old. He was brought up by his father Hiralal who never remarried.

He attended Frederick William University to pursue his Ph.D which is now known as Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He wrote his Ph.D thesis paper on Salt Taxation in India.

In June 1940, he was arrested and sentenced to two years of jail for delivering anti-war speeches. But was released by the end of 1941. He was one of the leading figures of the Central Directorate which clandestinely tried to organize the Quit India revolt, sparked by Gandhi in August 1942.

In 1956, Ram Manohar Lohia formed the Socialist Party after being unhappy with the proceedings of the previous party.

In 1963 Lohia became a member of the Lok Sabha after a by-election in Farrukhabad (Lok Sabha constituency). Later in 1965, Ram Manohar merged the Socialist Party into the ranks of the Samyukta Socialist Party.

He was incarcerated and tortured in Lahore Fort in May 1944. He was treated as a high security prisoner and was finally released on 11 April 1946 along with Jayaprakash Narayan.

He believed that the English Language is a hindrance to original thinking and emphasised on the Hindi Language importance .After Independence, He contributed on making the Hindi language as an official one.

He raised many eyebrows with his remark against the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He actually wrote a pamphlet named ‘25000 rupees in a day’ stating that money spent on the Prime Minister per day is way more than a poor country could afford.

Ram Manohar Lohia won Lok Sabha general election of 1967, just few months before his death from Kannauj (Lok Sabha constituency). He died on 12 October 1967, at the age of 57.

Many significant memorials are established in his honor such as Universities and Hospitals. Also a Statue of Lohia in Margao Goa, which resembles his contribution in liberation in Goa.

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