Shri J.P. Mathur Ji
Shri Jagdish Prasad Mathur Ji was born in a family of landlords at Sherkot, District Bijnor Uttar Pradesh on November 09, 1921. He joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1942 and became a pracharak in 1945. With blessings of Shri Guruji, Shri JP Mathur worked with senior RSS leaders like Shri Dattopant Thengadi, Shri Sunder Singh Bhandari, and Shri Kushabhau Thakre.
He remained bachelor all his life. He became member of Bhartiya Jana Sangh in 1952. He served as the Office Secretary of central office of Jana Sangh for a long period while he was also the National Secretary of Jana Sangh.
Shri Mathur was one of the founder members of the BJP and a permanent invitee to the National Executive of Bharatiya Janata Party. He was member of the National Executive of the party all his life. He held in the party senior positions of the National Secretary, National Vice President and National Spokesperson. He was closely associated with party workers of the North-Eastern states, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan where he worked. Shri Mathur was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1978, and again in April, 1990 when he was also made the Chief Whip. He was elected Deputy Leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party in the Rajya Sabha in 1993. He left an indelible mark as parliamentarian.
As a Social and political worker, Shri J.P Mathur participated in 'Quit India' Movement in 1942. He also participated in 1953 in the Kashmir Movement which was led by Dr. Sharma Prasad Mookerjee. When Emergency was imposed in the country, he worked underground from June, 1975 to March, 1977. He handled foreign publicity and carried a cash reward on his head, of Delhi Police for arrest. He traveled vastly to countries like United States of America, Britain, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore to perform his parliamentary duties. He went to China with Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2003.
Often we see that politicians are influenced by the media but his relations with the media were so cordial that the media organized and celebrated his birthday every year with him. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree upon him in 2003.
Dr. Jagdish Prasad Mathur lived a disciplined life and he served the country till his death on October 20, 2007. He was devoted to the nationalist cause. He dedicated his entire life in service to the nation and to the party. Speaking at a condolence meeting organised by Bhartiya Janta Party at its central office in New Delhi on October 23, 2007, Shri L.K. Advani said, "If one wants to erase the ugly image of Indian politicians, one should follow the footsteps of J.P Mathur ji, Sunder Singh Bhandari ji and Chamanlal ji. Shri Advani also said that Shri Mathur was well acquainted with karyakartas all over the county. "I learnt from Mathur ji to be helpful to others in life", added Shri Advani.