“I did a mistake. I thought Niraahaara-Deeksha is the best shiksha, praayashchittam” replied the adhyaksha (head) of Post and Telegraph workers when asked why he was fasting.
Once when the Post & Telegraph workers went on a strike in June 1952, this person talked with the Communications Minister and fixed a deal. The Minister also agreed to pay the workers for the time they did strike. Since Bhaarateeyas never leave Satyam, the adhyaksha believed the words of the Minister and left without taking any written agreement. However the Minister cheated them and didnt pay the workers. Since the adhyaksha was the representative of the workers, the adhyaksha felt he was responsible for the mistake. If he had been more careful, the Minister wouldnt have cheated them. Hence as Praayashchittam for his mistake he was doing Niraahaara-deeksha! He did this for 21 days!!
He is none other than “Jayaprakash Naaraayan“, well known as “Lokanaayak”.
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