Swami Agnivesh, a well-known social activist, reformer and Arya Samaj leader, was born on this day, Swami Agnivesh was also a teacher and advocate. He started a political party Arya Sabha and was a Minister in the Government formed in Haryana after the Emergency. His decades of a campaign against bonded labour are well known. He started an organization called Bandhu Mukti Morcha in 1981.
It was in the 80s that he launched an agitation against the ban on Dalits from entering temples. He had also participated in a campaign against female foeticide. Swami Agnivesh, who was awarded the prestigious Right Livelihood Award on the lines of the Nobel, also participated in the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement and Jan Lokpal movement in 2011. However, he later withdrew from the movement due to differences of opinion. The differences are said to have come to light over keeping the PM within the purview of the Lokpal.
He had accused Arvind Kejriwal of embezzlement of money at that time. Then, he even said that Kejriwal wanted the death of social activist Anna Hazare. Agnivesh, a former MLA of Haryana, founded the political party Arya Sabha in 1970, based on the principles of Arya Samaj. He remained active all his life for all religious equality. He was elected MLA in the Haryana Assembly in 1977 and was also education minister in the Haryana government. He had also been in the news several times for his statements. Swami Agnivesh was also attacked in Pakur in Jharkhand in July 2018 in which he sustained injuries.