Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to Sangh Parivar veteran Nanaji Deshmukh and political leader Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan, on their birth anniversaries.
“I bow to the venerable Loknayak JP on his Jayanti. His unflinching courage & righteousness continue to inspire every Indian,” Modi tweeted along with a short video on the life of Narayan.
Jaiprakash Narayan was born on 11 October, 1902, in Saran, Bihar. In the 1970s, he led an opposition against then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In 1999, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna and also the Magsaysay award for Public Service in 1965.
PM Modi also remembered Nanaji Deshmukh and said that the country was “motivated” by his noble service.
“Remembering Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary. We are constantly motivated by his noble service & emphasis on rural development,” Modi tweeted.
Born in Kadoli in Maharashtra’s Parbhani district on 11 October, 1916, Nanaji Deshmukh founded the Deendayal Research Institute and was credited with exemplary work in education, health and rural self-reliance.
While he played a crucial role in the social restructuring of over 500 villages, the RSS veteran also established the country’s first rural university — Chitrakoot Gramodya Vishwavidyalaya.
The former Rajya Sabha member passed away on 27 February, 2010 at the age of 94.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday attend the inauguration of the birth centenary celebration of Deshmukh in the national capital.