• The Prime Minister has paid tributes to Acharya Kripalani on his Birth Anniversary (11th November).


  • JivatramBhagwandasKripalani (1888 –1982), popularly known as Acharya Kripalani.
  • Kripalani was an environmentalist, mystic and independence activist who was long a Gandhian socialist, before joining the economically right wing Swatantra Party later in life
  • He grew close to Gandhi and at one point, he was one of Gandhi’s most ardent disciples. He had served as the General Secretary of the INC for almost a decade.
  • He had experience working in the field of education and was made the president to rebuild the INC.
  • Disputes between the party and the Government over procedural matters affected his relationship with the colleagues in the Government.
  • While remaining active in electoral politics, Kripalani contested the Lok Sabha seat in 1961 but lost the race to VK Krishna Menon.
  • Later in his life, he agitated against the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, and felt that her tenure had become dictatorial and anti-democratic.
  • When the Emergency was declared on the night of 26 June 1975, he was among the first of the Opposition leaders to be arrested.
  • At the age of 93, Kripalani took his last breath at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. His autobiography My Times was released 22 years after his death.
  • Acharya Kripalani moved the first-ever No confidence motion on the floor of the Lok Sabha.
  • In 1963, Sucheta Kripalani, a Congress leader became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, a first for any woman in the country while her husband Acharya remained an opponent to the Congress.

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