Dr Rajendra Prasad: Here are lesser known facts about first President of India

Remembering Dr Rajendra Prasad fills out hearts with pride each time. Prasad, the first President of India, was not only a great political leader but his contribution towards Indian Freedom is also noteworthy. Being highly influenced by the beliefs of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Prasad became supporter of Mahatma Gandhi’s beliefs and thinking. A lawyer by profession, Dr Prasad had been an influential leader during the Indian freedom struggle. He left his law practice to join the movement along with Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

A prominent personality who greatly contributed to our national freedom struggle, he was sworn in as the President of independent India and went on to become the longest-serving head of state for 12 years.

On his birth anniversary, let us remember the symbol of Bharat, Dr Rajendra Prasad by sneaking a little deeper into his life.

Here are some unknown facts about Dr Rajendra Prasad

As a child, Rajendra Prasad was taught by a Maulavi (Muslim scholar), as his father wanted him to learn the Persian language, Hindi and arithmetic.

Rajendra Prasad played an instrumental role in forming the Bihari Students Conference at the hall of Patna College in 1906.

A gold medalist, he completed his Doctorate in Law from Allahabad University in 1937.

He was jailed multiple times by the British – once in 1931 for participating in the Salt Satyagraha Movement, and once in 1942 for being an active member of the Quit India Movement.

During the last session of the Constituent Assembly, he was unanimously made the President of India of the interim government.

Dr Rajendra Prasad died on 28th February 1963 after suffering from illness for 6 months. He spent his last few days in Sadaqat Ashram situated in Patna.

To mark the 125th birth Anniversary of Dr Rajendra Prasad, RBI had coined Rs 5 coin having his photo and name at the back of the coin.

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