Bishwa Nath Singh:
There must be many that must not be aware as who is known as Bihar Bibhuti (Bihar Laurel).Let us remember & pay our respectful homage & floral tribute to him today ! He was none else than Late Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, the then first Deputy Chief Minister & Finance Minister of Bihar who is remembered very fondly with respect a...s one of the greatest architect of modern Bihar. He was a very close associate of Mahatama Gandhi during the freedom struggle movement and worked with Deshratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad to led the Gandhian movement in Bihar.He was known for his charismatic leadership and huge mass appeal and was a very prominent national leader. He had given political patronage to the then young leaders like Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan, Jagjivan Ram, Bir chand Patel, K. B. Sahay and others.He had two sons Jitiendra Narayan Sinha alias "Bade Saheb" and Satyendra Narayan Sinha.His younger son Satyendra Narayan Sinha (who was affectionately called "Chhote Saheb") also became a prominent freedom fighter leader and a distinguished politician and later became the Chief Minister Of Bihar.
( Photo of Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha who was known as Bihar Bibhuti ( affectionately called Babu Saheb) was born on June18, 1887 in a family of Poiyavan village of the erstwhile Gaya district now Aurangabad district of Bihar State of India. He was a ...very brilliant student from the beginning of his academic career. He had his initial education in the village school. From Junior school till graduation, he had topped the lists at every examination, obtaining an M.A. (History) in 1914 from the prestigious University of Calcutta.He did his graduation in law too. He was appointed Professor of History at the Bhagalpur University where he served until 1916 who was regarded an ideal teacher. Then he began successfully practicing law at Patna High Court. In 1917, on the call of Mahatma Gandhi, he left his law practice to join the Champaran Satyagraha Movement. In 1922 he [successfully organized the Gaya Congress.In the following year he became one of the General Secretaries of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). In 1930 he took an active part in the Salt Satyagraha.He suffered imprisonment for nearly a year & quarter of months ( fifteen months ) during 1933-34. He returned from jail to continue serving the nation as national freedom fighter.. He was elected as a member of the Central Council in 1935 and of the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1936. In the [ provincial autonomy granted by British, under the Government of India Act of 1935, the first Congress ministry was sworn in on 20 July 1937 and he became the Deputy Premier-cum- Finance Minister of Bihar province.He and Premier of Bihar Dr. Sri Krishna Sinha disagreed with the then Governor of Bihar Maurice Garnier Hallett on the issue of the release of political prisoners and that lead to their resignation. The Governor had to give in and they again resumed their offices. But they again resigned in 1939, as did all Congress governments in the country, over the question of involving India in the Second World War without the consent of the people of our country..He served as a Professor in "Bihar Vidyapeeth" founded by Dr. Rajendra Prasad for motivating young meritorious youths. Among [his first students was young Jay Prakash Narayan. Who had later became a national leader.He was among the first freedom fighters to respond to the call of Mahatma Gandhi for Satyagraha in 1940-41. He was again imprisoned by British Govt. and put in in the Central Jail of Hazaribagh in Bihar in 1942. In 1944 he was released and devoted himself to serve with distinction and great devotion to the epidemic ridden people of Bihar.After independence he dedicated himself to the all round development of Bihar as Finance Minister and as the first Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.He had distinction to serve India’s international interests by leading the Indian Food and Agriculture delegation to Nepal and also the Indian delegation to the International Labour Organization in Canada and Switzerland. He also actively led a number of Government and voluntary organizations in India and abroad. He had passed away at Patna on July 5, 1957 leaving the Bihar State as whole to condole his passing away. He was a great man having towering personality with full of passion & wisdom. Such person comes rarely on this worldly earth. Let us pay our humble obeisances to his lotus feet and seek his bliss for well-being of all living in this universe!