Choudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda
Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda (26 November 1914-1 Febrauary 2009) a freedom fighter and a great man was born on November 26, 1914 , One of the gems of Haryana. He had been the President of Freedom Fighters Association of India. He played a significant part during the freedom struggle. He was elected twice to the Lok Sabha and once to the Rajya Sabha. He also remained a Minister in the Punjab Government before Haryana was carved out and was the HPCC President in the early 1980s.
His another notable contribution included the role he played in development of Bhakra Nangal Power project as the then Irrigation Minister of joint Punjab. His son, Ch. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is the current Chief Minister of Haryana and his grandson, Sri Deepender Hooda is a Member of Parliament from Rohtak.
Ranbir Singh joined the Gandhian movement in 1930s to contribute towards India's freedom struggle. He graduated from Delhi's Ramjas College in 1937. He was first arrested in 1941 for participating in a Satyagraha movement. He was put behind bars several times during India's freedom struggle. In all, he spent three and a half years in rigorous imprisonment and was under house arrest for two years. He went to different jails in Rohtak, Ambala, Hisar, Ferozepur, Lahore (Borstal), Lahore (Central), Multan and Sialkot.
He was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi, during the latter's visits to Rohtak and nearby districts of Punjab.
The people elected him on the ticket of Indian National Congress to the Constituent Assembly in July 1947, largely owing to his contribution to the freedom movement. He actively contributed in the framing of the Indian Constitution and voiced the concerns of workers and peasants.
He remained a member of the Provisional Parliament from 1950-52. He contested the First General Elections held in 1952 from the Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency and won the poll with a huge margin. In the Second General Elections held in 1957, he again contested from his old constituency and retained it.
In 1962, he was elected to the Punjab Assembly. He was inducted into the Council of ministers and held the portfolios of Power and irrigation. He made substantial contribution in the making of the Bhakra Dam.
On the formation of Haryana as a new state on November 1, 1966, he shifted to his political base to Haryana and became a Minister. He won the Kiloi Assembly seat, [at present represented by his son, B. S. Hooda], in a by-election in 1968.
He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1972 and was behind the introduction of the pension for former MPs.
The last surviving member of the Constituent Assembly of India, Chaudhary Ranbir Singh, died at his residence in Rohtak town of Haryana on Sunday, 1 February 2009 after a nearly two-month long illness.
A Gandhian, Ranbir Singh was known for his participation in India's freedom struggle and later as a parliamentarian and administrator.
Postal Stamp on Chaudhary Ranbir Singh
Sonia releases stamp on Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Tribune News Service, New Delhi, February 01, 2011: A postage stamp was released to commemorate the second death anniversary of freedom fighter and member of the Constituent Assembly Chaudhary Ranbir Singh here today.
Chairperson of the UPA Sonia Gandhi released the postal stamp at a well-attended function where Union Communication Minister Kapil Sibal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda were among those present. Ranbir Singh remained a member of the Constituent Assembly, Provisional Parliament, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Punjab and Haryana Assemblies.
Paying tributes to Ranbir Singh, Gandhi said his decision to retire from active politics at the age of 64 years in order to dedicate his life to social work was significant.
Kapil Sibal said the Bhakra Dam project that ushered in the green revolution, was completed when Ranbir Singh was Irrigation and Power Minister of Punjab. The president of the All- India Freedom Fighters Association, Capt Ranjit Singh, appreciated the decision of the Department of Posts to release a commemorative stamp on Ranbir Singh. The function was attended by in charge of Haryana Affairs Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of State for Communication Sachin Pilot, Union Minister of State Mahadev Singh Khandela, Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri and HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana.
Postage stamp on Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda released
PNS | Chandigarh/New Delhi, In a rare honour to Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda, a leading freedom fighter from Haryana and father of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Union Communication Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday released a postal stamp in his memory. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was also present on the occasion, lauded the contribution of Singh in freedom struggle movement.
On the occasion, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi called upon the people to introspect that what ideals they were setting for the future generations and added that power and wealth were not everything.
Sonia said that while remembering our freedom fighters, we must keep in mind that had they indulged in personal gains and greed, they would have not been able to do anything for the freedom of the country.
She described the farmer as the soul of the village and the nation and said that we must discharge our duties with affection and also by becoming sensitive towards them. She added that Chaudhary Ranbir Singh was 64 when he quit active politics and dedicated his life for the service of the freedom fighters and social work.
On this occasion, Union Minister Kapil Sibal said that the Department of Communication was proud of having released a commemorative postage stamp on Singh.
He said that Singh was a man of farsightedness, an eminent freedom fighter, a great patriot, able administrator and an ace Parliamentarian. Throughout his life, he followed the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, who propagated the message that true Swaraj could be established only by serving the villages and their residents.
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