B. P. Mandal

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Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal
7th Chief Minister of Bihar
In office
1 February 1968 – 2 March 1968
Preceded by Satish Prasad Singh
Succeeded by Bhola Paswan Shastri
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Madhepura
In office
1967–1972
Succeeded by Rajendra Prasad Yadav
In office
1977–1980
Preceded by Rajendra Prasad Yadav
Succeeded by Rajendra Prasad Yadav

Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal (1918–1982) was an Indian parliamentarian, social reformer of the country who served as the chairman of the Second Backward Classes Commission (popularly known as the Mandal Commission). B.P. Mandal was a big landlord[1][2] from Saharsa in Northern Bihar.[3][4] The commission's report mobilised a segment of the Indian population known as "Other Backward Classes" (OBCs) and initiated a fierce debate on the policy for underrepresented and underprivileged groups in the Indian polity.

Biography[edit]

B. P. Mandal came from Yadav community designated as an Other Backward Class (OBC) in India's system promoting positive discrimination.[5][6]

Mandal was a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha for the state of Bihar from 1967 to 1970 and 1977 to 1979.

He was the second OBC Chief Minister of Bihar,[7] governing for 30 days in 1968, a period of intense political instability (his predecessor Satish Prasad Singh was first Chief Minister from OBC but only for three days). In December 1978, Prime Minister Morarji Desai appointed a five member civil rights commission under the chairmanship of Mandal. The commission's report was completed in 1980 and recommended that a significant proportion of all government and educational places be reserved for applicants from the Other Backward Classes. The commission's report was tabled indefinitely by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A decade later, Prime Minister V. P. Singh implemented the recommendations of the Mandal Report.

Mandal and his wife, Sita Mandal, were survived by five sons and two daughters. The third son, Maninder Kumar Mandal (popularly known as "Om jee"),and his son Nikhil Mandal are active in national and state politics.He died on April 13, 1982

The Government of India issued a stamp in honour of Mandal in 2001. A college named in his honour, B. P. Mandal Engineering College, was founded in 2007.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Nitish Kumar and the Rise of Bihar. Penguin Books India. 2011-01-01. ISBN 9780670084593. 
  2. ^ Nitish Kumar and the Rise of Bihar By Arun Sinha page 53
  3. ^ Jaffrelot, Christophe (2010-01-01). Religion, Caste, and Politics in India. Primus Books. ISBN 9789380607047. 
  4. ^ Religion, Caste, and Politics in India By Christophe Jaffrelot page 475
  5. ^ Witsoe, Jeffrey (2013). Democracy against Development: Lower-Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India. University of Chicago Press. p. 57. ISBN 9780226063508. 
  6. ^ "The Mandals belong to the Yadav caste. But in north-eastern Bihar, Yadavs are not poor farmers or cowherds (as Lalu Yadav's family was, and millions still are) but wealthy zamindars.". 
  7. ^ Witsoe, Jeffrey (2013). Democracy against Development: Lower-Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India. University of Chicago Press. p. 46. ISBN 9780226063508. 

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