Ten facts about Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
- Jawaharlal Nehru also called Pandit Nehru, was born in Allahabad on November 14,1889 to Motilal Nehru and Swarooprani Thussu.
- Educated in the finest Indian schools of the time, Nehru was sent to Harrow school, then later to Cambridge University in England to obtain a degree in natural sciences.
- Nehru married Kamala Kaul at the age of 26 who was 10 years younger to him and they had a daughter Indira Priyadarshini Nehru.
- Nehru was elected as the president of the Allahabad municipal corporation in 1920. He followed Gandhi’s directives and was imprisoned for participating in the first civil disobedience campaign as general secretary of the United Provinces Congress Committee in 1921. +
- In the 1942 Quit India Movement, Nehru vehemently rallied for ‘Purna Swaraj ‘or complete political independence for India.
- He penned an autobiography entitled “Toward Freedom” which was published in the USA in 1936. Nehru wrote this book while he was in prison from June 1934 to February 1935.
- Nehru was the first PM to hoist the national flag and make his iconic speech “Tryst with Destiny” from the ramparts of the Lal Quila (Red Fort).
- Nehru was nominated 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize by both national and international agencies.
- Nehru died because of a Massive heart attack on 27th May 1964. Around 1.5 million people gathered to watch his cremation.
- Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday is remembered and celebrated all over India as Children’s Day.
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