Rajendra Prasad

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The Inspirational Story of "Rajendra Prasad"

Rajendra Prasad was an Indian independence activist, lawyer, and scholar who later became the country’s first president, serving from 1950 to 1962. During the Indian Independence Movement, he joined the Indian National Congress and rose to become a prominent leader in the Bihar and Maharashtra regions.

Birth: Rajendra Prasad was born on December 3rd, 1884, into a Kayastha family in Ziradei. During the British Raj, he was born in the Siwan district of Bihar. His father, Mahadev Sahai Srivastava, was a Sanskrit and Persian scholar, and his mother, Kamleshwari Devi, was a Sanskrit and Persian scholar.

Childhood: He was sent to the Chapra District School after finishing his traditional elementary education. Meanwhile, he married Rajavanshi Devi in June 1896, when he was only 12 years old.

Adult Life: Dr Prasad won a scholarship during schooling. While checking his exam copy in College, his professor said “Examinee is better than the Examiner”. He went n to teach English, study Law and Economics, earned his Ph.D. and started practicing Law.

Trigger point in his life: India was in a turmoil due to Bengal Partition, that is when he realized he needs to work for Independence. He started following Mahatma Gandhi, and was noticed by him in one of the sessions of Indian National Congress.  Mahatma Gandhi was so impressed by him that he called him for legal consultation during Champaaran Satyagrah. 

Presidentship: Later on Dr Prasad left Law and started to work on Indian Education after suggestion of Mahatma Gandhi. When India got independence he became the president of Constituent Assembly and on the implementation of constitution on 26th January 1950. He was unanimously chosen as the First President of India.

Commemoration: Rajendra Smriti Sangrahalaya in Patna is dedicated to him. 

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