Published on: December 3, 2021
DR RAJENDRA PRASAD
President of India Pays Homage to Dr Rajendra Prasad on His Birth Anniversary
- Born in Bihar on 3 December 1884.
- Went to the Chapra District School
- Won a scholarship to study at the University of Calcutta and joined the Presidency College in Calcutta.
- Completed his MA in Economics in 1907
- Was an active social activist and joined the Dawn Society and the Servants of India Society.
- Pursued a career as a teacher in various institutions following which he pursued a law degree.
- Won a doctorate in law from the Patna University
- In 1916 commenced his legal career in the Patna High Court.
ROLE IN FREEDOM MOVEMENT
- Started during his student days
- Attended an Indian National Congress session as a volunteer in 1906.
- Joined the organisation in 1911
- Inspired by the Mahatma
- Quit his legal career and jumped into the freedom movement
- Participated in the non-cooperation movement in 1920
- Deeply moved by Gandhi’s dedication and conviction.
- Active part in the rehabilitation work after the 1914 floods and the 1934 earthquake in Bihar
- Released two days after the earthquake after which he formed the Bihar Central Relief Committee.
- Became the Congress president in 1934 at its Bombay session
- Chosen president once again in 1939.
- 3 years in jail after the Quit India Movement.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Interim Government in 1946 – in charge of the Food and Agriculture Department.
- In December 1946 – elected as the Constituent Assembly’s President.
- After the Constitution of India was ratified – chosen to be India’s first President.
- Remained president till 1962 for a period of 12 years( longest-serving president till date)
- Awarded Bharat Ratna in 1962
- Mahatma Gandhi and Bihar, Some Reminiscences
- Satyagraha at Champaran
- Division of India
- Since Independence