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Acharya Kriplani – Freedom Fighter of India

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Born on the 11th of November in the year 1888, Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani, popularly known as Acharya Kripalani was a famous politician known for its strong role in India’s Independence Movement. He was widely acknowledged for his presidency skills of the Indian National Congress, at the time of the transfer of power during the year 1947—when India attained independence.

J._B._KripalaniImage Source: wikipedia.org

A firm believer of Gandhi’s principles and ideologies, he was an environmentalist, independence activist as well as socialist who secured the second highest amount of votes after Sardar Patel during independent India’s first elections conducted by the Congress to elect the first prime minister of the nation.

On Gandhi’s request and insistence, both Kripalani and Sardar Patel backed out of the election and paved way for Jawaharlal Nehru to become the first prime minister.

During the later phases of his life, he became more of a spiritual leader, guiding socialists from all across the country, and also opposed Nehru’s ruling tactics and principles. During Indira Gandhi’s tenure, when the emergency was declared, Kriplani was among the first opposition leaders to be arrested for protests against the Congress’ rule. He believed that their governance turned more into a dictatorial frame rather than democratic.

He passed away on the 19th of March in the year 1982 at the age of 94.

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