On Day-2 of the President’s four-day visit to Uttar Pradesh (August 26-29), he unveiled the statue of former UP Chief Minister Dr. Sampurnanand.
In this story, we traverse the journey of Dr. Sampurnanand and reminisce his life and ideals.
Dr. Sampurnanand: ( 1891-1969)
Dr. Sampurnanand was born on 1st January, 1891 in Varanasi. An educationist, profound Sanskrit scholar and ardent freedom fighter, Dr. Sampurnanand went on to become one of the longest serving chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh.
Advocate of traditional Indian ethos:
From a very young age, Dr. Sampurnanand naturally imbibed the traditional culture and ethos of India, growing up in Varanasi.
Further, he was immensely intrigued by the ancient Hindu culture comprising Sanskrit and Phalit Jyotish (astrology). It was his interest in phalit combined with his academic bent of mind that got him interested in astronomy.
Profound Sanskrit scholar:
Sanskrit is one of the world’s most ancient languages, rightly hailed as the ‘mother of languages’.
Dr. Sampurnanand was an avid Sanskrit scholar. As a manifestation of his fascination for the language and mission to advocate it amongst Indian youth, he founded the ‘Sampurnanand Sanskrit University’ on 22 March, 1958. The university started in Varanasi, was initially named “Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya.”
It was later being renamed by D. A.N. Jha after Dr. Sampurnanand under the U.P. State University Act, 1973, W.e.f. 16th Dec. 1974.
Ardent freedom fighter:
Dr. Sampurnanand took part in the Non-cooperation Movement, launched as part of India’s independence struggle against the Britishers.
He also contributed frequently to the National Herald and the Congress Socialist and was later elected to the All-India Congress Committee in the year 1922.
Political genius & a man of discipline:
Dr. Sampurnanand’s entry heralded a new dawn in Indian politics. He ruled Uttar Pradesh as an education minister twice and emerged as one of the politicians, who possessed the skill to handle anything and everything.
His strict sense of discipline and strong principles made him inaccessible to the political pulls and pressures. Born on January 1, 1889 in Varanasi, he contested and won the state assembly elections in 1937. A rare amalgamation of an educationist, author, journalist, musician and more, Dr. Sampurnanand organized the Congress elections of April 1957.
The revolutionary Jail Reforms introduced by him continue to be exemplary, even today. It was he who conceived the idea of having open jails for life convicts.
The legendary leader left the world on January 10, 1969, etching a distinguished place in their hearts.