Budget 2024: Evolution of 'Jai Jawan' Slogan Over The Decades

Feb 1, 2024, 07:30 PM IST

Budget 2024: Evolution of 'Jai Jawan' Slogan Over The Decades

Mukul Sharma

India Interim Budget 2024

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her sixth budget in a row, at par with former Prime Minister Morarji Desai who also held finance portfolio in the 1960s. She also repeated a new dimension to the famous Jai Jawan slogan.

'Jai Jawan': A Nation Unifier

The slogan 'Jai Jawan' (Hail the soldier) first came into vogue in the early 1960s. Its first usage could not be known. However sociologists say that the slogan became a nation unifier immediately after the 1962 India-China war.

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan

The second Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri first gave the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer) in the year 1965 at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. The slogan unified the spirit of an 18-year-old independent India and became a clarion call of the Green Revolution alongside emphasis on soldier welfare in the wake of the 1962 and 1965 wars with China and Pakistan.

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan

After the Pokhran tests in 1998, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee added Jai Vigyan (Hail Science) to the slogan to underline the importance of science in India's progress.

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan

On Feb 1, Sitharaman emphasised that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added anushandhan [Research] to independent India's convention of mass support for soldiers, farmers, and science. The slogan now stands transformed as “Jai Jawan, jai kisan, jai vigyaan, jai anusandhan [research]”.