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Nitin Gadkari pays tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari recently extended a humble tribute on the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This gesture underscores the significance of acknowledging the contributions of Nehru, a towering figure in the nation’s history, on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

“Jawaharlal Nehru, born on 14th November 1889, played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for independence and subsequently served as the country’s first prime minister for 16 years. His visionary leadership left an indelible mark on the trajectory of a newly independent India, shaping its political, social, and economic landscape”.

Jawaharlal Nehru, the son of Motilal Nehru, distinguished himself as an anti-colonial nationalist, statesman, and secular humanist. Educated in England at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, Nehru later pursued law at the Inner Temple. His gradual entry into national politics, fueled by a passion for India’s freedom, marked the beginning of a lifelong commitment.

“As a leader of the Indian National Congress, Nehru rose through the ranks, earning Mahatma Gandhi’s support, who designated him as his political heir. Nehru’s commitment to establishing a nation based on secular principles and his unwavering call for full independence from British rule struck a chord, propelling the Congress to a decisive triumph in the elections of 1937”.

The tumultuous period of World War II brought Nehru into a changed political landscape. Despite his initial reluctance to heed Gandhi’s call for immediate independence, Nehru emerged from prison to navigate a transformed political scenario, with the Muslim League gaining prominence in Muslim politics.

India’s independence on 15 August 1947 marked a historic moment, with Nehru delivering the acclaimed “Tryst with Destiny” speech. He assumed the role of the inaugural Prime Minister of the Dominion of India, guiding the country into its republic status on January 26, 1950.

“Nehru’s premiership, spanning 16 years, witnessed a visionary pursuit of economic, social, and political reforms. His promotion of a pluralistic multi-party democracy and instrumental role in establishing the Non-Aligned Movement showcased his commitment to a balanced and independent foreign policy during the Cold War era”.

In the face of obstacles and evolving political landscapes, Nehru’s influence within the Congress sphere persisted, leading to triumphs in the electoral years of 1951, 1957, and 1962. His lasting impact is evident, as Nehru is acclaimed as the visionary behind Modern India, a recognition echoed through the celebration of his birthday as Children’s Day across the nation.

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