Brahm Prakash (politician)

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Ch. Brahm Prakash Yadav
1st Chief Minister of Delhi
Notable : Sher-A-Delhi
In office
17 March 1952 – 12 February 1955
Preceded byNew Post
Succeeded byGurumukh Nihal Singh
Personal details
Died1993 (85 age)
Political partyIndian National Congress

Brahm Prakash Yadav' (1918–1993) played an important role in the Individual Satyagraha Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1940 and was among the leaders of the ‘underground’ activities in Delhi during the ‘Quit India’ movement. He was imprisoned many times during the freedom struggle.[1][2] He hailed from Najafgarh Village, a Yadav dominated village in South-West Delhi.

In the post-independence, Prakash, a member of India's Yadav community,[3] served as Minister in charge of Planning and Development as well as the first Chief Minister of Delhi from 1952-55.[4][5] His stints in the Parliament twice won him accolades as an able parliamentarian. He also made noteworthy contributions as the Union Cabinet Minister for Food, Agriculture, Irrigation and Cooperatives.[6]

The cause of depressed sections of the society, rural development and empowerment of the weaker sections were issues which were very close to the heart of Ch. Brahm Prakash. He was quick to realise the potential of cooperative societies in mitigating the hardships of the village folks. As early as in 1945, he started organising village and agriculture cooperatives. He was also a proponent of the Panchayati Raj institutions. He organised the National Union of Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Minorities in 1977 to work for the welfare of these weaker sections.[7]

One of the lesser known facts about Ch. Brahm Prakash is the effort he made along with Dr Kurien of NDDB to promote the idea of Cooperative Companies, to help free the cooperatives from the shackles of Government control through the Registrar of Cooperative Societies. It was a precursor to the present Producer Company model.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ The Hindu : New Delhi News : Briefly
  2. ^ Latest Releases
  3. ^ Jaffrelot, Christophe (2003). India's silent revolution: the rise of the lower castes in North India. Columbia University Press. pp. 210–211. ISBN 978-0-231-12786-8. Retrieved 7 October 2011. Quote: "The leader of the All India Backward caste federation in the 1960s and 1970s Ch. Bramha Prakash , was a yadav"
  4. ^ "History of Delhi Legislative Assembly". Legislative Assembly of Delhi website.
  5. ^ "Brahm Prakash: Delhi's first CM, ace parliamentarian". Hindustan Times. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  6. ^ Kamath, M. V. (1996). Milkman from Anand: the story of Verghese Kurien. Konark Publishers. p. 386. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  7. ^ Quota Quagmire
  8. ^ Misra, Biswa Swarup. Credit Cooperatives in India: Past, Present and Future. Routledge. p. 2.3. ISBN 9781136994036. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  9. ^ State of the Indian farmer, millennium study. New Delhi: Academic Foundation in association with Dept. of Agriculture and cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. 2006. p. 90. ISBN 9788171884940. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  10. ^ Sriram, Samar K. Datta, M.S.; Sriram, M. S. (2012). Towards a perspective on flow of credit to small and marginal farmers in India. New Delhi [etc.]: Allied. p. 48. ISBN 9788184247602. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
NA (British Raj)
Chief Minister of the Delhi
Succeeded by
Gurumukh Nihal Singh