Jagjivan Ram known popularly as Babuji, was an Indian independence activist and politician from Bihar. He was a leader of the Dalit community.
In 1946, he became the youngest minister in Jawaharlal Nehru’s interim government.
While loyal to prime minister Indira Gandhi for most of the Indian Emergency, in 1977 he along with five other politicians resigned from the Cabinet and formed the Congress for Democracy party, within the Janata coalition.
A few days before the elections, on a Sunday, Jagjivan Ram addressed an Opposition rally at the famous Ram Lila Grounds in Delhi. The national broadcaster Doordarshan allegedly attempted to stop crowds from participating in the demonstration by telecasting the blockbuster movie Bobby.
The rally still drew large crowds, and a newspaper headline the next day ran “Babu beats Bobby” .
He was the Deputy Prime Minister of India when Morarji Desai was the Prime Minister, from 1977 to 1979.
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