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Dr Rajendra Prasad 55th death anniversary: Here are 13 lesser known facts about the first President of India

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 February 2018, 11:51 IST

The first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad was born on 3rd December 1884, was a lawyer by profession. He is the only president to have held office for two terms and became the longest serving President of India.

Dr. Prasad was an influential leader during the Indian freedom of struggle who left the law practice to join the freedom movement along with Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. India lost its first president on February 28, 1963.

Today on the 55th death anniversary of the lovingly first president of India let us know some interesting facts of Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

# In 1911, Dr. Prasad joined the Indian National Congress and became the leader of the Bihar and Odisha region.

# Dr. Rajendra Prasad was taught by a Maulavi in his childhood, as his father Mahadev Sahai wanted him to learn the Hindi language along with Persian and arithmetic.

# He was postgraduate in Economics from the University of Calcutta and used to stay at the Eden Hindu Hostel in Calcutta (Kolkata) during his studies.

# Dr. Prasad is the first President of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the first constitution of the Republic of India, that lasted from 1948 to 1950.

# Dr. Prasad played a vital role in forming the Bihari Students Conference in the year 1906 at the hall of the Patna College.

# In 1946 Dr. Prasad also became the first Minister of Food and Agriculture in the interim national government.

# For several times, Dr. Prasad was jailed by British governance. He was held for his support and involvement in the Salt Satyagraha Movement of 1931 and the Quit India Movement of 1942.

# Dr. Prasad quit the Congress, as the President of India and set up new guidelines for the parliamentarians and that are still followed in Parliament.

# When in 1934, Bihar was hit by a devasting earthquake, the British authorities had to release Dr prasad from jail so that he could lead the relief services in the state.

# In 1935, When the earthquake hit Quetta (now in Pakistan) Prasad was again elected as the President of the Quetta Earthquake Relief Committee.

# Dr. Rajendra Prasad was also awarded the highest civilian award in India, the Bharat Ratna in 1962.

# Dr. Prasad also wrote his autobiography in Hindi titled "Aatmakatha" meaning autobiography. Aspiring students and leaders can learn a lot from the life of Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

First published: 28 February 2018, 11:51 IST
 
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