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A reader going cursorily over the life history of Babu Mool Chand Jain will instantly realize that he had to contend with a rare phenomenon in the glorious history of not only Haryana but also of India. If we try to define an ideal citizen, his personality should comprise humanitarianism, an all inclusive term including social service, care for the poor, genuine politics, morality et al. Babuji’s, as he is popularly known, main concerns always included the poor and downtrodden. He was extremely contemptuous of untouchability and did everything to free them of their age-old misery and humiliation for their being treated as third class citizens. The prominent personalities of his time fondly called him Muzlumon Ka Sevak. The scourge of untouchability deprived the ignored community of the dalits of ownership of land and the hateful practice of banning them from drawing water from the wells where the upper caste people did. He fought their court cases free of cost, a famous lawyer though he was.
The Congress Govt under Smt. Indira Gandhi had imposed emergency in seventies and some sycophants had eulogized it as the panacea of all contemporary ills prevailing in the country but Babuji vehemently condemned it with his usual Gandhian temperament saying that it had killed the democratic rights and values of the Indian nation. Instead he refused to join the army of sycophants and preferred to go to Jail.
Despite all said and done, the reader will he astounded to note that when he completed his term as a minister, he at once came down of the pedestal and took to travelling by the humble cycle rickshaw. The proverb ‘Simple living and high thinking’ is fully exemplified in his life and his humility was infecting. That is why he was termed as the Gandhi of Haryana by the prominent papers of the time namely The Amar Ujala (21/08/1999), The Panjab Kesri (20/08/2005) and The Jan Satta (1999).
Mr Chatter Singh - In Jansatta (1999): (English Translation)
The Untarnished among the Tarnished
Today when everybody from top to bottom is involved in rampant corruption and has scant respect for traditions and ethics, when there are no holds barred when it comes to serving their self interests and motives; when there are score of people who pride themselves in dividing the credulous masses for the sake of promoting the interest of their relatives and believe in nepotism; whose guiding principle in life is to divide the masses in the name of caste, creed, province language, and religion, it is relevant to remember on his death anniversary as one who rose above all these evil tendencies to restore the lost glory of not only Haryana but also the national politics.
Today the revered Babuji is known as the Gandhi of Haryana. His ideology and multidimensional personality; his living style, his deep concerns for the good of the society, the nation and the entire humanity; his constant and fearless struggle against the orthodoxy and age-old evils, exemplary capacity and courage must be acknowledged. His remaining at very high posts never affected his simplicity, innocence and sticking to the ethical principles. He retained the quality of leadership even in the later days of his life to stick to his life of a known Karm Yogi and maintained his fight against injustice and persecution. His wonderful contribution to sustain and defend the hard earned freedom after long demeaning slavery that came after numerous sacrifices is without a precedent. The future generations may even doubt that such a one as he ever walked the earth.
He remained unaffected even though surrounded by the corrupt and degenerated politicians, senseless mechanical and smug bureaucracy and the insensitive self-styled intellectuals. These qualities of Babuji were acknowledged by not only his followers but also by his bitter critics. The observation made by the universally respected saint the late Gurudev Tulsi, at Babuji’s diamond jubilee will forever remain written in golden letters- ‘Babu Mool Chand ji has been in politics for years but even though he remained among the tarnished lot, he always remained unaffected. It is unprecedented. The likes of him to whom treachery and attachment to the mundane world are rare in politics are born in centuries.’
In the words of the prominent journalist, Vidyasagaar, 'Babuji’s concerns for Haryana and Haryanavis were not a mere formality, rather his whole efforts were directed towards finding solution to social problems with a human angle.'