Jagernath Lachmon Politician

Jagernath Lachmon, also Jaggernath Lachmon, (Corantijnpolder, 21 September 1916 - The Hague, 19 October 2001) was a Surinamese politician of Indian descent. He was one of the founders of the Progressive Reform Party, a Hindustani party founded in 1947 of which he served a long period as President. Lachmon was born in Corantijnpolder in the district of Nickerie. The youngest child of six, his parents were contract laborers from Uttar Pradesh to Suriname. His father was a plantation cook and his mother, Waterloo, clipped cane. Later, his parents started a small dairy farm in New Nickerie. Lachmon left for Paramaribo when he was thirteen, and completed his school qualifications. On the advice of one of his teachers, he decided to practise law. At that time, there were restrictions about legal studies in Suriname. After a long search, he found the creole lawyer Julius Caesar de Miranda who became mentor. Surprised that a Creole was willing to teach a Hindu made a great impression on the young Lachmon and laid the basis for his efforts towards reconciliation between the different ethnic groups.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 21st, 1916
Date of death
October 19th, 2001 at age of 85
Place of death
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

Organizations founded

1. Progressive Reform Party

Political party

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Wikiedia article

The Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij, formerly known as the "Verenigde Hindoestaanse Partij", is a political party in Suriname. At the last legislative elections, the party was part of the Nieuw Front political combination that won 31.6% of the popular votes and fourteen out of fifty-one seats in the National Assembly. With eight seats, the VHP is currently the biggest opposition party in the Surinamese parliament. Chan Santokhi is since July 3, 2011 the chairman of the party. Previous chairman Ram Sardjoe is the honorary chairman. According to current statistics, the Progressive Reform Party is the second biggest political party of Suriname.

Political engagements

Progressive Reform Party

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