Jayaprakash Narayan was given the title "lok
nayak" for the services he rendered to the
people of India. He had participated
in the freedom struggle as well as on the social issues and evils. He
respected women and their opinions. He had told the ideal meaning of
politics that political system must enhance happiness of people. JP had
preferred socialism to other philosophies.
In his childhood, He used to read the heroic stories of
Rajputs and Bhagawad Gita. He was influenced a lot by them. Narayan
was an intelligent student. He went to USA for higher studies. Had
he wished to earn a lot of money for himself, he could have done so.
JP married young. His wife Prabhavati Devi
became a freedom fighter herself. She lived in Gandhiji’s ashram when JP
went to USA. After returning from USA, JP joined the freedom struggle on
the call of Pandit Nehru. He joined Indian National Congress in 1929 and
became a good disciple of Gandhiji. He went to jail a number of times and
was tortured too. His dedication to the nation was impeccable.
JP with his compatriot friends and senior freedom fighters started Congress
Socialist Party within INC. He was the general secretary of the party. In 1924 he led people from the front row during the
Quit-India movement. After Gandhiji died, CSP
separated from INC.
During 1960s JP participated in the politics of
Bihar and during 1970s in Gujrat politics. In mid 1970s
he tried to raise awakening in people against corruption and
exploitation. During emergency JP fought against atrocities committed
JP is respected as a
Gandhian. His lifetime contribution to people made him “Lok Nayak”.