Jagjivan Ram popularly known as Babuji was a freedom fighter, a crusader of social justice, a champion of depressed classes, an outstanding Parliamentarian, a distinguished Union Minister, an able administrator and a gifted orator in India.

Born at a small village in Bihar on 5 April, 1908, Jagjivan Ram passed his Matriculation from Arrah Town School. Despite facing caste discrimination, he completed the Inter Science Examination from the Banaras Hindu University and later graduated from the Calcutta University.

Babu Jagjivan Ram had the unique distinction of serving as a member of the Central Legislature uninterruptedly for over four decades. Till his last breath, he was a sitting member of the Loksabha- his Eighth term – consequently since the First General Elections. Babuji has had the distinction of being the longest-serving Minister in the Government of India. Jagjivan Ram was known for his apt handling of Parliamentary business. His oratory skill was well-acknowledged and admired in Parliament.

In post-independent India, Babuji’s contribution to nation-building has left an indelible mark. He was Minister of Labour, the other Ministries he held were Communications, Railways, Transport, Food & Agriculture and Defence. He also became the Deputy Prime Minister of India.

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