A snapshot of Rajendra Prasad’s life history

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                      “In attaining our ideals, our means should be as pure as the end!” – Rajendra Prasad
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  • Born on December 3rd, 1884, in Siwan district of Bihar, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of Independent India.
  • At the age of five his parents put him under a Maulavi to learn Persian, Hindi and Arithmetic. Later on, he went on to study at R.K.         Ghosh’s Academy, along with his elder brother Mahendra Prasad.
  • Rajendra was married when he was barely 12 years old to Rajvanshi Devi.
  • A brilliant student: stood first in the entrance examination to the University of Calcutta and was awarded a Rs. 30/month scholarship. He joined the Calcutta Presidency college in 1902.
  •  In 1915, he passed the Masters in Law Examination with honors, bagging a gold medal. Subsequently, he accomplished his Doctorate in Law as well.
  • Gandhi’s influence greatly altered many of Dr. Rajendra’s views and opinions, most importantly on the ill segmented issues of the society like caste and untouchability.
  • Initially, Rajendra was not impressed with Gandhiji’s thoughts but later on was deeply moved by the dedication, conviction and courage that Gandhi displayed and the way he had made the cause of the people of India his own.
  • Dr. Prasad, after meeting Gandhi, reduced the number of servants and no longer felt shame in doing his daily household chores.
  • In 1914 floods ravaged Bihar and Bengal. Dr. Prasad became a volunteer distributing food and cloth to the victims.
  • When Bihar was shaken by an earthquake in 1934, Dr. Prasad dove right in the relief work, collecting food, clothes and medicine. He set up relief committees in Sindh and Punjab for the homeless victims who flocked there.
  • Dr. Prasad gave up his law practice and started a National College near Patna in 1921.
  • He was a prominent leader of the Indian Nationalist Movement and had left a lucrative profession to be a part of the movement. He urged the people to take on spinning and wear only Khadi and the entire nation was taken by storm as they responded to his calls.
  • Communal riots spontaneously began all over the nation and Dr. Prasad, who had such fond memories of his Hindu and Muslim friends  in Zeradei, now had the misfortune of witnessing the nation being ripped in two.
  • In 1962, after 12 years as President, Dr. Prasad retired and was awarded the Bharat Ratna. With many excerpts of  his zealous accomplishments recorded in the account of Indian Independence, he is still remembered and hailed for his unsurpassed glory.

 

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