5 Facts About The Dalit Icon Jagjivan Ram:
Jagjivan Ram holds a world record of being a parliamentarian uninterrupted for a record 50 years between 1936 and 1986.
Jagjivan Ram, one of the most revered Dalit leaders, served as defence minister of India during the India-Pakistan war of 1971.He later served as deputy prime minister of the country between 1977 and 1979.
He was an active participant in the country's independence struggle and also founded the All-India Depressed Classes League, dedicated to attaining equality for untouchables in 1935.
He was highly proficient in Sanskrit and was invited to join Banaras Hindu University by its founder Madan Mohan Malviya.
Jagjivan Ram daughter Meira Kumar served as the Lok Sabha Speaker between 2009 and 2014.