A film on Jayapraqkash Narayan.
Year of Realease: 2004
Nrayan, fondly called Loknayak, will go
down in the annals of history as the man
who single-handedly secured for India
her second freedom.
Emergency was declared on the 25th of
June 1975. And the threat of a Shattered
democracy loomed large. Jayaprakash Narayan,
an ailing man of 73, struggled to free
India from this threat of dictatorship.
Arrested many times over and tortured
while he fought for India Independence
in the 1930s and 1940s; little did he
know that 28 years after India became
independent he would have to rise from
the ashes and fight again.....
He began his life as a firebrand nationalist
and became an avowed Marxist while he
was studying in the US. On returning to
India he pursued the path of Democratic
Socialism within the ambit of the Indian
National Congress. He was a revolutionary
freedom fighter, often opposed to the
Congress stance of "compromise."
After Independence his party (National
Socialist Party) severed ties with the
Congress and fought the first General
Election. But the party fared poorly.
The 1952 election defeat of his party
was a turning point in JP's life. He stepped
back from the political arena and devoted
his energies to constructive social work
and evolved into a Gandhian.
After twenty years of working in the
Bhoodan movement, it was the student unrest
due to ineffective governance that drew
him back into the active political arena.
He led the movement against Indira Gandhi
and was imprisoned during Emergency.
Once released, he cobbled together a
motley opposition and fought against Indira.
He won. The Janta Party came into power
in 1977. But more importantly it was a
victory for democracy and the defeat of
Loknayak is the story of a man who was
always in pursuit of greater political
and social good. It is the story of a
humble man who struggled endlessly for
his beliefs and ideals. A man who staked
his life many times over for the country
but never sought any political position
or power in return. With an ideology that
evolved continuously over time. JP was
a man unafraid of change. He was courageous
enough to realize that greater than any
ideology is the greater good of man.