India remembers Jayaprakash Narayan on his birth anniversary, popularly referred to as JP or Lok Nayak, He was an Indian independence activist, theorist, socialist and political leader. A disciple of Mohandas Gandhi, Jayaprakash was born to a middle-caste Hindu parents in a small village in Bihar on Oct. 11, 1902, he became politically active in high school. Just before his graduation, he followed the call of Indian nationalists to quit British-assisted institutions. In 1970s he played a pivotal role in the popular people's movement also known as JP movement or the Bihar movement. In 1965 he was presented the Ramon Magsaysay award for public service. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1999.