Remembering Dr Rajendra Prasad on his 137th Birth Anniversary; PM Modi pays tribute
“He will always remain a source of inspiration for the countrymen,” says PM.Author : Priyanka Vinayak
Rajendra Prasad was an Indian independence activist,
lawyer, scholar and subsequently, the first president of India, in office
from 1950 to 1962. He was an Indian political leader and lawyer by training.
Prasad joined the Indian National Congress during the Indian
Independence Movement and became a major leader from the region of Bihar, Maharashtra.
Upon independence in 1947, Prasad was elected as President of the Constituent
Assembly of India, which prepared the Constitution of India and
served as its provisional parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembers him on
his birth anniversary. Recalling his contributions Mr. Modi wrote on Twitter, “Tributes
to the first President of independent India and the unique talent Bharat Ratna
Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary. He made his special contribution
in the freedom struggle of the country. His life dedicated in the interest of
the nation will always remain a source of inspiration for the countrymen.”
Here are some of the interesting facts
about Dr. Rajendra Prasad:
was raised in a landowning family of modest means; Prasad was a graduate of the
Calcutta Law College.
Prasad joined the Indian National Congress in 1911 and became a leader of the
Bihar and Odisha region.
was extremely influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. Following his work, Prasad went to
jail during the 'Salt Satyagraha' of 1931 and the 'Quit India Movement'
also became the first Minister of Food and Agriculture in 1946 in the interim
1946 to 1949 he presided over the Indian Constituent Assembly and
helped to shape the constitution.
Rajendra Prasad was awarded the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in 1962.
great leader died on 28 February 1963 at the age of 78 years.