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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. In 1940, he started his own law practice, and in 1943, together with other Hindus, he founded  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1916-09-21

Death

Date of death
2001-10-19
Place of death
The Hague

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