One of the most charismatic figures of Indian politics, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of independent India. Known for his many accomplishments and contributions during and post the Independence struggle, Nehru however had more shades to him than one.
So, on the 24th of May, his 55th death anniversary let us take a look some of the lesser known facts about this man, who was instrumental in changing the course of a nation:
All of you, who never liked school, will be delighted to know that Nehru didn’t attend school till he was 15! He was home-schooled till then.
Nehru’s educational trajectory was an interesting one. Nehru pursued a degree in Natural Science from the Trinity College, Cambridge, after which he became a barrister from the Inner Temple, London.
Nehru was imprisoned a total of 9 times and served a total jail period of 3259 days. He decided to use his time well in prison when in 1930 he started writing “Toward Freedom”, his autobiography.
The Nobel Peace Prize kept on slipping from his fingers. He was nominated for it 11 times, but never won it.
Do you know who added the term ‘secular’ to the Indian Constitution? Yes, that’s right, it was none other than Nehru himself
Much like many other political figures, Nehru’s popularity and potential made him susceptible to assassination. In fact attempts were made on his life four times, but he finally succumbed to a heart attack.
Nehru’s life was an interesting mix, from political struggle to personal endeavors. So, we pay our respects to this great political leader, by remembering and getting to know some facts about his life.