In 1947, When India became free, he did not join the Congress. Pandit Jawahar Lal, the first Prime Minister of India, very much wished to have him in his cabinet, but he preferred to remain a loof.
He worked for some years in the Bhoodan Movement started by Vinoba Bhave and worked with him for the distribution of land among the landless. He persuaded the dacoits of the Chambal Valley to surrender and was greatly successful in his mission. As a result of corruption in political life, he returned to politics in 1974 and raised his voice in favor of Total Revolution. He had many supporters.
Jayaprakash Narayan was never interested in ministership. He could have become easily the Prime Minister of India. As a result, he was never cut off from the masses. He lived among the people and worked for them. He was the Uncrowned King of the people of India. Jayaprakash Narayan suffered kidney trouble for a long time. He passed away. May his soul in rest peace!