Jawaharlal Nehru

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Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947

Jawaharlal Nehru (also referred to as Pandit Nehru) (November 14 1889 - May 27 1964) was the leader (prime minister) of India for 17 years immediately after 1947, when India became independent.[1] He was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He died of a heart attack in New Delhi.[2]

Nehru was the first post British independence prime minister.[3]

Under British rule, Nehru was jailed many times. During these periods, he used to write long letters to his daughter, Indira, on Indian and World history. These letters were remarkably well written and became very successful books when published later as Glimpses of World History and The discovery of India.[4]

His father Motilal Nehru, was also an important figure in the Indian freedom struggle, and his daughter Indira Gandhi and grandson Rajiv Gandhi went on to become prime ministers of India.

References[change | change source]

  1. BBC ON THIS DAY | 27 | 1964: Light goes out in India as Nehru dies. BBC News. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  2. "Indian National Congress". inc.in.
  3. "Nation pays tribute to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 124th birth anniversary". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  4. Balakrishnan, Anima (4 August 2006). "The Hindu : Young World : From dad with love:". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 31 October 2008.