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Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Anniversary: PM Modi, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi pay tribute to first prime minister of India

Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children.

Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Anniversary: PM Modi, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi pay tribute to first prime minister of India
Nehru was fondly called 'Chacha Nehru' and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 132nd birth anniversary. “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji on his birth anniversary,” Modi tweeted.

Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children. Born in 1889, the Congress stalwart remains India’s longest-serving prime minister.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi shared a photograph of the former prime minister interacting with young children, and hailed his commitment to “truth, unity and peace”.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi also paid floral tribute to Nehru at Shantivan in New Delhi.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also extended his wishes on Children’s Day, observed every year on Nehru’s birth anniversary. Naidu wrote that Nehru will always be remembered for his role in building modern India.

“My tributes to the former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary today. He will be always remembered for his contribution to building a modern India,” the Vice President Secretariat tweeted.

Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj and breathed his last on May 27, 1964. He became the prime minister on August 15, 1947, following an active role in the freedom struggle of the country.

Nehru was a strong advocate of children’s education and he truly believed that if every child and youngster in the country is provided with the right education, then they can make India progress.

He played a key role in the establishment of pioneer institutions across the country including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and the National Institutes of Technology (NIT).

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First published on: 14-11-2021 at 10:00 IST