Born in a small village in Ballia District of Uttar Pradesh.
Educated in Banaras Hindu University.
Joined the freedom movement in his school days on the call of Netaji Subhash Bose. Did not hesitate to use arms as a means of attaining India's Independence. Gandhiji's death in 1948 was a turning point. Decided to rededicate his life to the service of the Nation by non-violent means.
Spent early Gandhian life in Bihar where he actively participated in Vinobaji's Bhoodan ....