Babu Jagjivan Ram's political story reads like a modern-day
epic. Emerging from the soiled backwoods of caste-plagued
Bihar where opportunities were limited and life was severe,
this determined crusader scaled heights of success unrivalled
by any other person in post- Independence history. He was
respectfully called Babuji (Father) by one and all.
In retrospect what Babuji did seems unreal.
Imagine having an uninterrupted parliamentary career spanning
over half-a-century, a world record in political longevity.
Or standing for the election and returning unopposed on
no less then three occasions. Or being instrumental in
making India self- sufficient in food at a time when it
was at the mercy of Western left-overs. Or acquiring a
legendary status for his super-efficiency and his staggering
capacity for work. Or as the Defence Minister, guiding
the country to its greatest military triumph - the war
of 1971, which created Bangladesh.