India fondly remembered her first Prime Minister and an iconic leader Jawaharlal Nehru on his 128th birth anniversary with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to him. Congress vice president, Nehru’s grandson, Rahul Gandhi too paid tributes while campaigning in Gujarat.
“On his 128th birth anniversary, my homage to Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister,” said President Kovind on twitter.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee and former prime minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes at Nehru’s memorial at Shanti Van early in the morning.
Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu too shared his thoughts on Twitter, saying “Wish the nation on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, today” paying tributes.
Prime Minister Modi, who is currently in Manila to attend the India-ASEAN summit, also paid tributes to Nehru. “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary,” he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi along with host of other Congress leaders paid tributes to Nehru. Rahul Gandhi, who is tipped to succeed his mother Sonia Gandhi and take over the reigns of Congress party said, “Today we remember a brilliant compassionate man. He reminds us: ‘there is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action’ – Jawaharlal Nehru.”
Jawaharlal Nehru, one of the greatest freedom fighter and the protégé of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani Kaul on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad. His birthday is also celebrated as Children’s Day across the country.
Nehru gave up his promising career as a barrister to join Indian National Congress, to become one of the leading lights of the freedom movement of India. Elected as the top office bearer of Indian National Congress in 1929, Nehru was instrumental in Non-Cooperation movement and Quit India Movement launched by Gandhi.
West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi remembered Nehru, also describing him as the “maker of modern India”.
“Pandit Nehru was one of the most popular national and international figures. He is considered as the maker of modern India because of his leadership during his first Prime Ministership of India,” Tripathi was quoted as saying in a statement issued from Raj Bhawan in Kolkata.
Tripathi also said that Nehru had worked extensively against untouchability, caste discrimination as well as for women emancipation and secularism in the country.
“Nehru also outlined the diplomatic policy of ‘panchasheel’ (five principles) which was primarily aimed at promoting peaceful relationships with our neighbouring countries,” Tripathi said.
(With inputs from PTI)