Karpoori Thakur (file photo)
Karpoori Thakur is once again in the news. A day before his 100th birth anniversary, it has been announced to give Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, to Jannayak. After this, untold things are coming to light about Karpoori Thakur. Some are remembering him as the biggest backward class leader of Bihar and some are remembering him as the Chief Minister for the decisions he took in his short tenure. Here we will mention the decision taken by Karpoori Thakur when he was Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, for which the youth of Bihar were once ridiculed by associating his name with it.
In 1967, when he became Deputy Chief Minister for the first time, he abolished the requirement of English in the matriculation examination. Karpoori Thakur was also the Education Minister of Bihar at that time. Due to this he was criticized a lot. At that time, students who failed matriculation in English were made fun of by saying ‘I have passed from Karpuri Division’.
Education reached common people
Because of this decision of Karpoori Thakur, even though he was made fun of then. But due to this, a large number of students from poor and deprived sections progressed and came to higher education. After this the face of society and politics of Bihar changed. He took education to the common people. Not only this, it was because of Karpoori Thakur that missionary schools also started teaching ,. Later, when he became the CM, it was made mandatory to work , in all the departments of the state.
Reinstatement of 9 thousand engineer doctors
Karpoori Thakur was the first CM of the country who announced free education till matriculation in the state. Along with this, he gave the status of second official language of Bihar to Urdu. Talking about employment, he organized a camp and gave jobs to more than 9 thousand engineers and doctors simultaneously. Till date, no engineer doctor has been reinstated on such a large scale in Bihar.