10 things you must know about First President of India
Dr. Rajendra Prasad was born on December 3, 1884 in Ziradei village in Siwan district of Bihar.He was the First President of Independent India.
He joined the Calcutta Presidency College in 1902 and was a bright student. In 1915, he completed Masters in Law examination with honors, winning a gold medal. And then completed his Doctoral as well.
He volunteered with Mahatma Gandhi to Champaran in Bihar to understand condition of farmers there. He was touched by personality of Mahatma Gandhi. He also joined swadeshi movement.
He played a crucial role during Non-Cooperation Movement. He was arrested in 1930 during Salt Satyagraha.
He was elected as the President of the Bombay session of the Indian National Congress. He was re-elected as Congress President in 1939 after the resignation of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose.
In July 1946, when the Constituent Assembly was established to frame the Constitution of India,he was elected as President of constituent assembly for drafting constitution of India.
He became President of Independent India on January 26, 1950.In his tenure he established goodwill and friendlier relations with other nations.
He was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, the nation’s highest civilian award in 1962, just after his retirement as President.
He was a prodigy writer as well, some of the books written by him are “Satyagraha at Champaran” (1922), “India Divided” (1946), his autobiography “Atmakatha” (1946), “Mahatma Gandhi and Bihar, Some Reminisences” (1949), and “Bapu ke Kadmon Mein” (1954) etc.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad have played an important role in freedom struggle of India. He died on February 28, 1963.