May 272012

New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): On the 48th death anniversary of  our first Prime Minister,Jawaharlal Nehru, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were among the first to pay floral tribute to the great leader at Shanti Van, the memorial dedicated to Nehru.

A pivotal figure during India’s independence movement, Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad. Nehru graduated from Cambridge University, and returned to India in 1912.

He was independent India’s first Prime Minister from August 15, 1947 to May 27, 1964.

An all religion prayer meeting was organised in the memorial premises.

He was also a key figure in international politics in the post-war period, and was one of the founding figures of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Popularly referred to as Panditji, Nehru was also a writer, scholar and an amateur historian.

Nehru went to jail for seven times as one of the youngest leaders of the Indian National Congress. (ANI)

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