"Panditji who made the difference to a Nation"

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

1889 - 1964

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Born in Allahabad and blessed with the best of education by  tutors at home, went on to study in fine campuses in England had only helped  this young man turn into a leader of India's nationalist movement and eventually  India's first prime minister after its independence. Jawaharlal Nehru a tall  leader in Indian political history practiced law for several years. While  travelling on a train, the incident of over hearing a British Brigadier  gloating over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by the British military, not only  inspired but changed the course of his life. It was then Nehru vowed to take on  the British.

On joining the Indian National Congress, Nehru was deeply  influenced by the party's leader Mahatma Gandhi. His interests were ignited to  take significant strides and contribute towards the National movement. Nehru  was named the president of National Congress in 1928 with the hope that he will  attract the youth of the country and it was a year after, Nehru led the  historic session at Lahore that proclaimed complete independence as India's  political goal. 

Democracy, socialism, unity and secularism were the four  pillars of domestic policies as Nehru envisioned and he largely succeeded in  laying the foundation.  While serving his  country, he enjoyed iconic status and was widely admired internationally for  his idealism and statesmanship. His lifelong passion and work on behalf of  children and the youth led to the recognition of his birthday November 14 as  the Children's day.

As a prolific writer he authored a number of books and they  include The Discovery of India, Glimpses of World History, Towards Freedom and  the famous collection of his letters to his daughter Indira Gandhi. As the  history witnessed these letters were powerful enough to bring out a great  leader in Indira Gandhi to the nation. Such was a legacy that he left behind  for us to be proud of.

His historic speech ma 'Tryst with destiny' is considered in  modern India to be a landmark oration about the Indian independence movement.  In his own words "They call me the Prime  Minister of India, but it would be more appropriate if I were called the first  servant of India. In this age, it is not the titles and position that matter  but service" will always echo the reason for us to celebrate Nehru.

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