NEW DELHI: November 14, celebrated as Children’s Day in India, marks the birth anniversary of India’s first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. Nehru was fond of children and it was his love towards children that November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day.
Here are some of the facts about the first prime minister of India:
1) Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad and was the eldest of his siblings born to Pandit Motilal Nehru and Swarup Rani.
2) Nehru was homeschooled till the age of 16.
3) He went to Trinity College in Cambridge to study Natural Science in 1910.
4) He further studied to become a Barrister after two years of higher studies in London.
5) Nehru was a practicing lawyer with the Allahabad High Court.
6) Inspired by Mahatama Gandhi’s ideology of fighting British imperialism, Nehru joined the freedom struggle.
7) Jawaharlal Nehru was first imprisoned in 1929.
8) Known as people’s prime minister, Nehru was a statesman, intellectual, scholar. His policies on economy, science and technology, international relations and education designed the future course of the country.
9) Nehru wrote several books, including ‘The Discovery of India’, ‘Glimpses of World History’, and his autobiography, ‘Toward Freedom’. A collection of letters he had written to his daughter Indira Gandhi, when she was 10 years old and was in a boarding school in Mussoorie, teaching about natural history and the story of civilisations later published as a book: ‘Letters from a Father to His Daughter’.
10) His sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was the first female president of the United Nations General Assembly.