Shri Krishna Singh (21st Oct-31st Jan), the first chief minister of Bihar, notably regarded as the ‘Bihar Kesari’. Remembered for his competency and his commitment towards the state, he was in office for 14 years i.e. from 1946 until his death in 1961 at the age of 73.
Shri Krishna Singh.
Shri babu was born in a Bhumihar Brahmin family in 1887 in village Maur Baribigha in Munger district of Bengal presidency. He studied at Patna College and did his Doctor of Law from Patna University.mAt a very early age, he committed himself to work to free India from the Britsih rule. He gave up his law practice in 1921 to join the Non-Cooperation Movement of Gandhi. In 1922 he became a member of the All India Congress Committee.
Singh has however been arrested a number of times by the British government for his disposition of an Independent India. He was confined for two and a half years in jail during the Civil Disobedience Movement. He injured himself severely at that time. Nevertheless, in 1937, he became the premiere of Bihar and formed his cabinet. The caste system and the oppressed class of the society had the strong support of Sinha. He led the entry of the Dalit into the Baidyanath Dham. He was the first chief minister to abolish the Zamindari system.
Sinha has brought in the state several heavy industries. Baruni Refinery, Heavy Engineering Corporation at Ranchi, Bokaro Steel Plant are some of them. He also contributed to the social and cultural development of the state. He established the Anugraha Narayan Sinha Institute of Social Studies (ANSISS) at Patna, Engineering College at Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Motihari, Lok Rangshala of the Bihar at Bhartiya Nritya Kala Mandir. It was under his excellent leadership that Bihar was the best-governed state of then India.
A Shrikrishna Setu Munger Ganga Bridge built in Munger is in the honor of “Shri babu”. It is a rail-cum bridge across the Ganges. The Shri Krishna Memorial in the Gandhi Maidan which is a multipurpose arena is also a memorial of the state’s first chief minister.