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All you need to know about Dr. Rajendra Prasad

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All you need to know about Dr. Rajendra Prasad

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was born on 3rd December 1884 in present-day Bihar. Read on to understand everything about him from an examination perspective. 

  • Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Republic of India, was a conspicuous leader of the Indian National movement.
  • For his participation in Indian freedom movement, he gave up his professional career in law.
  • He was an adherent to Mahatma Gandhi and was deeply moved by his ideals and conviction.
  • He has also served as a leader in Bihar and Maharashtra.

Contribution to India’s freedom struggle

  • After his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in the Lucknow session of Congress in 1916, he took part in the Salt Satyagraha, Non-cooperation movement.
  • He stepped into the field of journalism as a writer who wrote about national interests.
  • “Searchlight” and “Desh” were two important revolutionary articles that helped in freedom movement.

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The political career of Rajendra Prasad

  • He was elected as the President of the Indian National Congress in the Bombay session of Congress in 1937.
  • Under his Presidency, Congress passed the Quit India resolution on August 8, 1942.
  • He was the minister of the Food and Agricultural department in the interim government formed by Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • He was elected the President of the Constituent Assembly on December 11, 1946.
  • Succeeding this, he got elected as the Congress President for the third time on 17 November 1947.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad as the President of India

  • He was elected as the first President of the Indian republic on 26th January 1950.
  • As the President of India, he acted in accordance with the principles of the Indian Constitution. He was unbiased and judicious.
  • He travelled around the world, building diplomatic relations with foreign nations.
  • He was re-elected as the President in 1952 and 1957. He is the only President in the history of India to accomplish this feat.
  • He was awarded Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour of the country, by the Indian Government, in 1962.

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