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Jayaprakash Narayan's Ashram
Here in 1954 the Gandhian activist Jayaprakash (JP) Narayan set up an ashram after deciding to devote the rest of his life to the Sarvodaya movement.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012

Year founded: 1954

Hazaribagh, Jharkhand


Jayaprakash Narayan's Ashram
On April 19, 1954, at a meeting in Gaya, Jayaprakash made the dramatic announcement of dedicating his life (jeewan daan) to Vinoba Bhave's Sarvodaya movement. He renounced all self-interest, gave up his land in Sitabdiara, and withdrew from all personal activity to devote the rest of his life to the movement. Prabhavati was delighted at this declaration. Jayaprakash set up an ashram at Hazaribagh, a poor and backward village. He gave Gandhian concepts a new dimension by using modern technology to uplift the village.

Jayaprakash believed that every village should be like a small republic - politically independent and capable of taking its own decisions. It was a marriage of Gandhian-Indian concepts and modern Western democracy. His thoughtful, well-researched and brilliant book, "The Reconstruction of Indian Polity," won him the Ramon Magsaysay Award.


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