President Patil leads nation in remembering Pandit Nehru on his 118th birth anniversaryNovember 14th, 2007 - 3:18 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): Several leaders paid homage to the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, on his 118th birth anniversary across the country on Wednesday.
President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Congress party president Sonia Gandhi paid tributes at ‘Shantivan’, the memorial of Pandit Nehru.
Because of Nehru’s affection for children, the day is also observed as Children’s Day or Bal Divas.
Celebrating Children’s Day is about giving children the right to enjoy and grow into healthy and educated citizens of the country.
A pivotal figure in the Indian independence movement, Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad.
He was also a key figure in international politics in the post-war period, and was one of the founding figures of the non-aligned movement.
Nehru graduated from Cambridge University, and returned to India in 1912.
Popularly referred to as Panditji, Nehru was also a writer, scholar and amateur historian.
The son of the wealthy Indian barrister and politician Motilal Nehru, Nehru had become one of the youngest leaders of the Indian National Congress.
He was jailed seven times.
After independence, Nehru served as India’s first Prime Minister from August 1947 to May 1964.
His most famous speech is the “Tryst With Destiny” address to the Constituent Assembly in New Delhi on the night of August 14 and August 15, 1947. (ANI)
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