Comparing Sir Chhotu Ram with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the peasant leader had given voice to farmers and downtrodden communities during the British rule. Modi was addressing a rally after unveiling a 64-foot-tall statue of Sir Chhotu Ram at Garhi-Sampla village of Rohtak district, a stronghold of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and an area with considerable Jat presence.
About Sir Chhotu Ram:
Sir Chhotu Ram, who was born on November 24, 1881, was regarded as a messiah of peasants and was instrumental in empowering farmers in the pre-Independence era and getting the pro-farmers law enacted. He had fought for farmers’ rights during the British rule.
On the political front, he was a co-founder of the National Unionist Party which ruled all the time Panjab Province in per-Independent India and kept Congress and Muslim League at bay.
Chhotu Ram was awarded the title of ‘Rao Bahadur’. He was knighted in 1937 and was popularly known as Deen Bandhu.
His legacy has been evoked by the formation of a new party, the National Unionist Zamindara Party by guar farmers in Rajasthan in 2013.
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