Forty Years Ago, June 6, 1977: JP’s Advice

Giving his blessings to the newly-formed Vahini branch at the Express Towers in Bombay, JP said only through a relentless fight would one be able to attain total revolution

By: Editorial | Published:June 6, 2017 12:15 am

Jayaprakash Narayan said that the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha Vahini was an organisation dedicated to achieve social transformation by fighting every injustice and exploitation. Giving his blessings to the newly-formed Vahini branch at the Express Towers in Bombay, JP said only through a relentless fight would one be able to attain total revolution. The Total Revolution Day was celebrated with more than 100 Vahini members taking a pledge and marching in a silent procession to Nariman Point. JP outlined the tasks for Vahini members. He said there were already movements to end the disparity between the rich and the poor, to establish socialism and secure workers’ rights. But these would not end casteism and communalism.

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