Řàm Manohar Lohia laid the ground for decades of anti-Congress politics, including the movement against the Indira Gandhi’s Emergency. Today is the 50th death anniversary of Lohia. He was one of the finest socialist leaders and a fearless warrior. His thoughts are guiding principle for the present generation of Indian socialists.
Nevertheless, Lohia’s Ghost can’t excoriate the phantoms of the BJP RSS. A strategic tweak is needed to adopt his sermons for the decisive battle against the hydra organisation.
Ram Manohar Lohia:: “I prefer the spade to the throne or crown. We should build our nation. Our India has a vast area and huge population. We don’t have big machinery. But we have plenty of manpower. Hence we must utilise it to the fullest extent. That will be possible only if everyone wields the spade. If every healthy person donates an hour’s labour a day to the cause of the country, Bharat will soon be rich.”
Of course, in his life the spade and prison were like two sides of the same coin.
In 57 years life span, Lohia was jailed for 20 times. The Nehru led Congress government of Independent India put him in jail as many as 12 times.
Lohia never had faith in violence. He was a great torch bearer of Gandhian Socialism. By nature as well as training he was non-violent. He hated destructive tendencies. However, he never lost patience.
Time and again he made it clear that non-violent politics was not a facade for cowardice.
It is our tradition as Indians to remain gentle for a hundred years than to pounce like a tiger in a matter of seconds.
Lohia felt it was his duty to fight injustice, whether it was on a small scale or a big scale.
Like young scholar and visionary socialist academic Sunil Yadav writes:: (1963 में गैर कांग्रेसवाद की नींव लोहिया ने दीनदयाल उपाध्याय के साथ रखी थी। उसी नींव पर आज ये महल खड़ा है जिसके विरुद्ध लोहिया लेबल राजनीति वाले लड़ने तथाकथित प्रयास कर रहे हैं। संघ को राजनीतिक प्लेटफार्म उपलब्ध कराने वाले लोहिया ही थे। बाद में भले लोहिया को अपनी इस भूल का अहसास हुआ हो पर वो ऐतिहासिक गलती कर चुके थे। वह गलती कितनी बड़ी थी इसे आज आप सब महसूस कर सकते हैं।)