The Gandhi of Piro
The Government of Bihar will conduct the funeral of freedom fighter and socialist veteran Ram Iqbal Warsi with full state honours. The Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar has expressed his deep sorrow at the passing away of ‘the Gandhi of Piro’ on Monday at the age of 94.
According to a press release, Warsi has played a vital role in the field of politics and socialism in Bihar. He was a progressive, socialist, who was firm on his principles and was an inspiration to all who met him, even the youth.
He has represented Piro in the State Assembly.
It was the famous socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia who had given him the title ‘Gandhi of Piro’. Chief minister Nitish kumar, in a statement has said that Bihar and especially the Socialist and Political will fell the loss loss of Ram Iqbal Warsi. Warsi lived in Warsi village of Piro block in Ara district.
Based on a State Government press Release
More info on Warsi:
Warsi worked in Rohtas Group of Industries as a manual worker, and became an activist for Indian Independence in 1938. He joined Subash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in 1943.
He was elected an MLA from Piro (now named Tarari) constituency on a ticket from Sanghata Socialist Party in 1969. He represented the constituency in Bihar Legislative Assembly till 1972.
Socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia had named Warsi as Gandhi of Piro (Piro ke Gandhi) in 1956
Warsi was well known for his austere living and uncompromising principles and ideals. He didn’t contest elections after 1969, finding the political system dishonest. He refused to accept the pension he was sanctioned, as an MLA or as a freedom fighter. He said – “Accepting pension for trying to liberate one’s home is a sin. And taking pension for serving people, as their elected representative, is a bigger sin,”
Warsi lived his last few years in a run-down home in Rohtas, refused offers to contest more elections. His family had difficulty in making ends meet.